Now, the game of Hockey is gaining wide spread popularity among Kashmiri girls and local authorities of the Valley is working hard to encourage this trend.
With the support from the Jammu Kashmir Sports Council, Kashmir Hockey Academy is planning to conduct various hockey tournaments for those female hockey players to support them to improve their talents. In addition, professional hockey coaches are offering special training to the girls.
The participants are appreciating the efforts undertaken by academy in organizing such events where talented ones exhibited their skills.
Hadika Jan, one of the hockey player strongly believes that Valley is talented with young minds waiting for an opportunity to showcase their talents. Such tournaments are exposing them to the game. She added,”Youth here is very talented. But, they need a platform. They can shine like stars and walk on skies. They just need a platform to showcase their talent. We get exposure and in future, we will get a chance to play tournaments on district and state level.”
Bareekha Bhat, another player said, such events are helping to boost their confidence level and are giving them an opportunity to take the name of their state forward. Bhat added, “such tournaments should be held frequently so that we can take the name of Jammu and Kashmir forward. Girls are no less than boys. We need a platform to prove our abilities.
Harminder Singh, organizer behind Hockey tournament highlighted that the main motive behind the hockey tournament is to revive the sport among girls in the valley. They are planning to take the tournament to next level by giving oppurtunities to the girls.