‘GIFA has given us a chance to associate with the community’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Oct 04, 2015 23:11 IST
(Abhinav Sinha/ HT Photo)

The HT Great Indian Football Action has proved its worth as the event that aims at channelising children’s passion for sports, and also created an atmosphere for parents to showcase their talent in sports.

Parents were not mere spectators at the Ansal University ground in Sector 55. They took the opportunity to get active outside the field. They joined their children at the new ‘Parents Game Zone’ for exciting prizes. “This is the first time I am here with my family for my son’s match. I had a fun-filled evening. I also participated in some events. I enjoyed being a part of this entire episode,” said Kaushik Sharma.

Kavita Chabra from Sector 40 said that the place was “fun unlimited.” “As a couple, we don’t get much time for each other and our children as both of us are working. Apart from the kids, the HT GIFA has also given us a platform where we can relive our childhood,” said Kavita. Both the kids and parents were of the opinion that the city needs more such events at the community level.

“We have all been playing at a local park since childhood and are excited to see our chemistry reflect in the game. GIFA has given us a chance to associate with our friends, parents and the community and HT has provided us the platform. We are proud to see this amalgamation coming along so well,” said Abhinav Gupta, of Malibu FC.

The HT GIFA fever started in the last week of September and has spread fast; the city’s largest inter-society football tournament opened to a massive crowd of 15,000 at Tau Devilal Stadium in Gurgaon. While every team has played its best football with the glittering HT GIFA trophy in mind, the participants have not give up on having fun and making the most of their time on the field too.

The parents and coaches are all proud that their kids are part of this grand affair.

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