A football coaching camp was held here recently to encourage budding players of the Kashmir Valley with adequate training and exposure for the game.
The training camp was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Football Association for the students between age group of 10-14 years.
The General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association, Fayaz Ahmad, said they want the students to be enthusiastic and passionate towards the game.
"We are providing football training to children between the age group of 10-14 years. Our aim is to make them enthusiastic about this game," said Ahmad.
The aim of this training is to relieve the mental trauma that children of the valley have gone through due to violence and continuous shutdowns in the restive region.
During the period of unrest, sports and many outdoor activities had almost come to a standstill due to frequent shutdowns and prolonged imposition of curfew.
The children were not allowed to step out of their homes due to fear of militants; as a result they lost touch with sports.
Children said this kind of training would provide them a platform to showcase their talent and enhance their skills.
"We have been selected in this camp and we are taught new techniques of this game. If such camps are not held then there is no scope of football in Kashmir. This game is also good for our health. We can learn this game without any hindrance to our education," said a budding player, Owais Ahmad.
The restive region of Kashmir has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades.
The Himalayan region is one of the world's most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989.
The region broke out in armed rebellion against New Delhi's rule two decades ago. But while militancy has weakened over the years, the tactic of mass street protests and pelting of stones at security personnel have grown. (ANI)