Palm Springs Galatico, the junior team of Palm Springs, is participating in the upcoming Hindustan Times Great Indian Football Action (HT GIFA) for the first time and is hopeful of making it big in the tournament.
The 10 team members say they practice for at least two hours every evening to prepare for the day of reckoning.
“This sport is my passion. We make it a point to play every day and practice hard to showcase our talent on a bigger platform,” said Aarav Tandon, a team member. The team colour is neon green and they wear jerseys of the same colour.
Meanwhile, parents said there is nothing better than seeing their children play together on the field. They added that HT GIFA has provided the children an opportunity to develop skills like competitiveness and team work. They also pointed out that such matches not only develop confidence and skill in children, but also help them gain physical strength.
“I am really happy that at a time when children rarely go outside, they are socialising and learning values because of HT GIFA. It seems like FIFA, the GIFA tournament has also become a festival for residents who have got an opportunity to play for their respective condominiums,” said Geetanjali Mutreja, mother of team member Saarth Mutreja.
Speaking about their experience, the team members said they have been practising for the last six months. “It is a great initiative by Hindustan Times. It’s a great platform and we are excited and looking forward to the event. Since the day we completed our registration process, we are living our passion of football not just to win the title, but also to learn how to play as a team. There is a deep thought process behind such events as they provide exposure give players an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Arjun Ramachandran, a team member.
Aryan Satiya, team member, said, “HT GIFA has united the entire community and is a good initiative for teaching team spirit and community building. We make it a point to play every day.”
Tarun Satiya, father of Aryan Satiya, said, “I have seen that these children are passionate about the game and are regular at training sessions. They are obedient, sincere and have good learning abilities. We are eagerly waiting for the event.”
Samar Mutreja, team member, said, “We have been practicing ever since GIFA was announced. We are working hard and are confident of making it to the top.”
Sameer Mutreja, father of Samar Mutreja, said, “It’s a great initiative as one gets to know about his/her talent. Moreover, children get a chance to build a team spirit and confidence by playing with children of other condominiums.”