Needy children get wings, lay eyes on making it huge in soccer


Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 20

After shedding his father, Arjun discontinued his research in Class V and joined his mom in enjoying ‘dhol’ at marriages to lend a serving to hand to the household. Now 14, he’s a promising soccer participant.

Arjun, together with a number of different youngsters who’ve suffered of their lives, have been introduced collectively underneath one platform — Principal Harbhajan Singh Training Centre, Barian Kalan in Jalandhar. The coaching centre was began with one mission, to not let younger youngsters get indulged in medicine and as a substitute, make them undertake sports activities and channelise their power. One doesn’t anticipate these small children, who hardly have televisions at their properties, to even know of any worldwide gamers. They do not need sufficient cash to afford a food regimen and soccer equipment for them, however ask them who they adore within the recreation they usually title their favorite gamers — Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Daughter of each day wagers, Sonia (10) is the one lady amongst 50 boys on the centre. She is a Class VI scholar. Ask her who her favourite participant is and comes a immediate reply, “Ronaldo”. She is an ardent fan of the Portugese participant and idolises him.

Karan is one other participant whose mom is the one breadwinner in the home. He aspires to change into an Army officer, for which he has taken up the game. His solely pair of worn out sneakers injured his foot just lately, however he carried on with the apply with none break.

The expertise of those younger children has been recognised by former BSF soccer coach Suraj Bhan Handa. It was his view to begin the coaching centre. “These small kids have a lot of talent in them. I just didn’t want them to lose their way because of problems and absence of proper direction. We,” Handa mentioned.



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