Real Kashmir is set to have a revolution undergoing in women’s football. Football has always managed to capture the public imagination in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar remains filled whenever Real Kashmir takes the field and the crowd backs the local outfit with all their heart.
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Real Kashmir have entered into a strategic partnership with Delhi Public School (DPS), Srinagar, to give wings to a project that aims to develop woman’s football in the region. Poonam Chattoo will be spearheading this movement who feels it is the correct time to venture into this dangerous territory.
“The idea of a women’s team was always there on top of our minds. We needed to get our bearings right as we are very new into the business of football. We are also learning with each passing season. Real Kashmir will be looking after the technical aspect of the project like providing coaches and other necessary things. Whereas, DPS will help us with their infrastructure. “It provides us with the required security and the right kind of facilities that girls require. For example, proper washrooms and a locker room. You need to be a little more careful when you are handling little girls,” stated Chattoo to Goal.
However, this task isn’t very easy, especially in a play like Srinagar which is the centre of political and religious turmoil. Apart from safety, another problem is not having a senior women’s team playing in the Indian Women’s League. Chattoo remains hopeful this will happen one day, but at the moment is focused on putting smiles on the faces of young girls.