Jharkhand rural girls get football training in Spain with Real Sociedad
Eight girls and two boys from the NGO Yuwa returned home after a two-week trip to Spain for a football coaching course run by La Liga team Real Sociedad.football Updated: Oct 04, 2017 19:17 IST
Barely five years back, Asha, 17, daughter of a roadside eatery owner in Jharkhand capital Ranchi’s Ormanjhi area, would have never dreamt of an overseas trip. Girls in her locality are often married off as teenagers.
Life took a complete U-turn for the teenager after she joined Yuwa, an NGO that seeks to connect youngsters to education through football.
Five years of association with Yuwa has completely changed Asha’s life. Today, she nurtures a dream to become a doctor and also has two overseas trips under her belt.
On Tuesday, she and nine other youngsters returned home as trained football coaches with an international certificate from Spain.
Asha was part of a 10-member group from Yuwa, who went to Spain for a two-week long coaching course run by La Liga team Real Sociedad.
This was her second trip abroad and each time she returned home more experienced, enlightened and with memories that makes her parents, siblings and the whole locality proud.
Run by American Franz Gastler, who has made Ormanjhi his home for the last seven years, Yuwa selected the eight girls and two boys -- all from financially backward families -- for the course.
From the rice fields of Ormanjhi to the lush, green football fields of Spain, USA and France, Yuwa has been working to provide young kids with international exposures to hone their skills and innate abilities, helping them become future leaders.
For Chanda, daughter of a labourer and another member of the group which returned from Spain, this was her fourth overseas trip. She has been to Spain thrice in the past to play in tournaments and has also been to USA.
Apart from becoming a skilful football player and a trained coach, Chanda is also pursuing a course in animation film making and aspires to become a cartoon director.
Another youngster, Seema Kumari, 16, said, “The trip gave me a great experience. I gained different ideas from some of the best coaches in the world.”
Back home, the trainees are excited about the vast career opportunities the training has opened up for them.
“If not doctors and engineers, we can easily become coaches and earn our livelihood with pride,” said Rinki.
The youngsters were impressed by the standard of training abroad.
“If a trainee fails to grab a point in the classroom or on the ground, the trainers there try to find fault in themselves for failing to make the trainee understand effectively,” said Asha, adding that they have very effective specialised training modules for various age groups. “They improvise instead of finding fault in the trainee and do not shout or scold at all.”
During the two-week trip, the Yuwa trainees met and trained with male and female players from Real Sociedad, and watched a match in Bilbao against European champions Real Madrid.
“Society teaches girls to fit in. Yuwa prepares girls to stand out,” said Yuwa founder Gastler. “With support from BookASmile, we were happy to give the first group of Indian coaches the chance to train with a La Liga team. We chose these eight girls and two boys from our 35 coaches who lead practices for 300 girls in Jharkhand every morning.”