As the Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action ( HT GIFA) matches commenced on Saturday, players from both categories — juniors and seniors — showed they were playing with an aim, that of winning the glittering HT GIFA trophy.
The event in Gurgaon was organised at the Ansal University in Sector 55. The weekend witnessed some exciting matches between as many as 80 teams from Gurgaon. There are a total 150 teams from various condominiums across the city participating in the event.
“We have just shifted here from Singapore. I love the idea of HT GIFA to have an interlocality format, as the kids get the opportunity to engage in meaningful physical activity and build community bonding,” said Mimi Kamra, mother of Kunal, a player from Aralias FC.
The young players said that they were happy as they had wanted this kind of initiative to have happened a long time back. Abhivir Sharma, a player from Suarez 6 --- a junior team participating from The Wellington Estate in DLF 5 --- said that HT GIFA had given him a lot of exposure.
“It fells awesome and exciting to be a part of HT GIFA. Apart from being a motivating and interesting sport, we play soccer because we want to have fun. HT GIFA will go a long way in connecting residents, children, corporates all under one roof,” said Abhivir.
Amarja Sharma, mother of Abhivir said, “I am glad that the children are out of their TV rooms and laptops and are doing some physical activity. It’s a good opportunity to get together.”
Dev Kumar, a player from Spaze Privi in Sector 72 said that winning is not important for them.
“We are too excited to think about winning or losing at this moment. We just want to give our best,” said Dev.