In a recent development, FIFA’s new Football for Schools Programme aims to make sports accessible for all children by inculcating football as a part of the extra-curricular activities. The programme will help develop life skills in students thereby engaging young people in sports and empowering them for the future.
In order to initiate the same as a part of the extra-curricular activities, Phillip Zimmerman, technical development services programme manager, and Roma Khanna, tournament director, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup attended the MGCM Chava League at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Municipal School.
“The programme is using football for development and teaching essential life skills as well. Footballs will be distributed all around the world, but we will distribute them in a way that the biggest country gets the most quantity of balls. We’re already looking at over 2.2 million balls coming to India. Maharashtra being a bigger state will get a large amount,” said Zimmerman.
We’re already looking at over 2.2 million balls coming to India. Maharashtra being a bigger state will get a large amount,” Zimmerman further added.
“We will work on a structure on how we phase the programme. We also know that interaction with local authorities is needed. We will work closely with the state governments and sports and education departments to ensure that we provide these footballs where they’re most needed,” said Khanna
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be held in India in 2020.