‘Youth for Change’ Kashmir Mega Football Fest concludes at Ganderbal


Srinagar, Less than forty-eight hours after the death of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, with mobile networks across the valley barred, thousands of people, mostly youth occupied every seat and corner of a football stadium to witness the final match of “Mega Inter-District Football Tournament” organised by JKYDF. Spectators – men and women even flocked the terraces of nearby houses to witness the nail-biting match. The people, mostly the young by marking their presence gave a clear indication that they’ve have forgotten the horrors of strikes and stone pelting from the past. If the visage was anything it was the youth of Kashmir declaring that they have moved on and that they want to contribute in the nation building.
The tournament, announced right after the success of Tokyo Olympics saw a participation of 512 players from 32 teams and over 50 officials who gave their everything to win. All the teams were provided with playing kits, multiple participation prizes, medals and other rewards, including but not limited to cash prizes. JKYDF had also organised refreshments, ambulance services, transport facilities for all the matches.
Members of the organising committee form JKYDF while announcing the tournament had declared that they want youth of Jammu and Kashmir to participate in constructive activities and work towards nation building. They believe the days of Stone-pelting, strikes were long gone, and it was time for the youth to find their part in building nation. And the youth responded by participating in large numbers in this tournament.
Farooq Ganderbali, JKYDF founder while expressing extreme happiness at the outcome of the tournament, thanked all the players and spectators and assured support for every young person who aspires to play sports at any level. He further said, the youth have decided to make a way of progress for themselves, and they want to be involved in nation-building. He concluded his statement by saying that we want playgrounds, not graveyards for our youth.