Football is as famous in Jammu and Kashmir as it is in the rest of the world and is played by all age groups here in the valley. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has given a lot of skillful youths who have reached the national and international level.
A new football ground has been developed in Alichibagh area by the Jammu and Kashmir government to help the youth of Srinagar to aspire for a better future in sports, especially in football.
“This stadium has benefitted us. I am a football player and head of an academy. I am giving coaching to players here in this stadium. I request government authorities to finish the remaining work like levelling of soil and provide all the facilities,” Nisar Khan, football player and coach.
Tariq Ahmad, a former football player, said this ground is one of the best grounds in the valley to play all kind and has requested the government to finish the remaining work soon.
“When the ground did not come into existence, it was water all over here. Sports Council has developed this ground. It is one of the best grounds in this area. It will help the youths to excel in their career and improve their sports skills,” Ahmad said.
“Government has constructed a good stadium here. We are thankful to the sports council for giving this stadium. I regularly come here. Some small works like fencing, lighting is needed to be done,” a local resident, Manzoor Beig said.
“There was a demand for the football ground by local players and football coaches. We have included football ground in our Rs 25 crore infrastructure project in the area. It will be helpful to youth to groom their skills of football and they can play all types of sports on the ground,” Shahid Choudhary, District Magistrate Srinagar said.
Footballers like Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Dimple Bhagat and Wasim Feroze are some of the names who made big at the national level and made the valley proud. This ground will also help the local footballers to improve their skills and play for the country.