2/25/2019 6:28:54 PM (GMT+3)

Baby League big hit with Kashmiri children

Baby League big hit with Kashmiri children

NEW DELHI, India: Undeterred by the cold and snow, ‘Baby Leagues’ have become a hit with the Kashmiri parents and their children.

Kashmir United Baby League (Srinagar), Snow Etihad Baby League (Pulwama), and Ladakh Baby League (Leh) are currently being held despite the heavy snowfall in the region.

“The Baby Leagues have really helped kids get more involved in the sport. Football helps children stay involved in an activity and keeps them away from drugs and other social evils,” said AIFF Regional Development Officer Bilal Ahmed Punjabi.

Punjabi opined that such leagues have helped the children of the state get a mode of physical exercise even during the winter months.

“I remember one parent even thanked me because he believes that playing in the Baby League has helped his son build a healthy appetite,” he said. “He also told me that he goes to bed on time since he’s tired after the physical exertions, and wakes up early in the morning.”

With as many as 711 children participating in the three Baby Leagues, and 69 teams fighting it out for the top honours, football has captivated the souls in the Valley. 

“It’s just about children learning how to play football. We got a really good reception from the locals after they realised that this was the case,” he added. (Pic credit: AIFF/Twitter)