CRPF Asst. Commandant Sangeet Kumar - We Are Thankful To Kenkre Football Club
Kenkre FC played out an exhibition match against a team from the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a part of the "Bharat Darshan" initiative by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)'s 160 Battalion.
The match between the Kashmiri side and the Kenkre FC U-17 colts ended in a 0-0 scoreline and was played with great intensity and spirit. The team from Kashmir played their hearts out at the Goans Ground in Churchgate.
We spoke to the CRPF official accompanying the team, CRPF Assistant Commandant Mr. Sangeet Kumar about the team and the CRPF initiative of providing football enthusiasts in Jammu and Kashmir a platform to gain experience and exposure.
Mr. Sangeet Kumar spoke about the "Bharat Darshan" initiative which was started after an initial order by the Ministry of Home Affairs to develop sport in the valley. The CRPF 160 Battalion organized amateur football competitions all across the districts of the state. The winning teams from the districts have all been touring the country to various cities to gain exposure by playing top teams in the nation. The teams from Kashmir have visited cities in Orissa, Punjab and now Mumbai in Maharashtra.
When asked about the benefits that this initiative has bestowed on the kids, Mr. Sangeet Kumar reflected on the popularity of the beautiful game in the Valley state. "In J&K, football is the most popular sport amongst the youth and the most played one in the lanes. That is why the CRPF chose to promote the sport and give the youngsters a chance to develop their game."
Jammu and Kashmir teams have been doing well this season in the I-League 2nd Division, namely Lonestar Kashmir and Real Kashmir. Speaking on this, Mr. Sangeet Kumar, " It is a great thing that football in Jammu and Kashmir is on the right path and we are trying our best to play a part in it. We hope that in the future, some of our young players go on to play for I-League clubs and the country as well."
Mr. Sangeet Kumar spoke highly of the footballing crowd in Mumbai, "The crowd was very supportive of us. Our kids faced a lot of positivity throughout the tour. I would also like to thank Mr. Joshua Lewis of Kenkre FC for arranging this match on a short notice. We are grateful to the club for giving our kids this opportunity to play in Mumbai."