Jammu and Kashmir all set to host first ever U-16 men’s national football camp in Srinagar, officials said.
In a remarkable development for the sports ecosystem of Jammu and Kashmir, for the first time a national camp for the U-16 men’s football team is being held in Srinagar.
After the National camp, the Under-16 men’s team will participate in the SAFF U-16 Championship scheduled to be held in Bhutan in September this year.
The prominent feature of the camp is the appointment of chief coach Ishfaq Ahmed, son of the soil and former international Footballer.
Ishfaq has had many coaching stints in I-League including with Kerala Blasters but the chief coach considers this opportunity as one of the most prized moments of his career.
Advisor to Lieutenant Governor J&K, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, while speaking on this development, said that this first of kind National camp will set a new dawn in the history of J&K sports.
He said that in the last few years with sincere efforts of the government, sports infrastructure has been amplified across Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhatnagar commended the J&K Sports Council (JKSC) for their multipronged approach of refurbishing the existing sports facilities which has paved the way for hosting prestigious events of national importance like this one.
Secretary, Youth Services and Sports (YS&S), Sarmad Hafeez said, “It is a great honour for the J&K to host the national U-16 boys’ team coaching camp in Srinagar”.
Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhat Gull thanked the administration for the support and for creating an amiable environment to host the first national football camp in J&K.
“Sports Council has hosted many important events both national and international and I am sure by hosting a national football camp, J&K Sports Council as a premier sporting body will graduate to the next level”, Nuzhat Gull said.