@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
New Delhi : India Khelo Football is a people-led movement in which football players and football enthusiasts from all over India have come together and formed India Khelo Football to develop football at the grass-root level. India Khelo Football (IKF) is a non-profit platform to provides kids from across India with a fair chance to pursue their dream of playing football internationally. IKF has a tagline which says ‘Aap Khelo, Mauka Ham Denge’, it conveys the message that, ‘You give your best, we will give you the opportunity’. Hence, they are on a mission of creating a global platform for Indian boys (Under 14) and girls (Under 16) to excel and live their dream of becoming a professional football player. Paras Mehndiratta Core Team member of IKF who returned from US after completing Post Graduation from Sports Management says “At IKF we wish to create a very transparent structure to make Football a viable career option which parents can also back”.
To achieve this goal, IKF will be organizing football tournaments throughout India, where players will be able to show their talents. After the national finale, the selected players will get a chance to go to Europe and will be allowed to showcase their talent in front of the European Clubs free of cost. IKF’s International Partners are ProSoccerGlobal, Palamos FC, and Perfect Football. These International Partners and IKF will make sure that the right talent will get the opportunity to showcase their talent in front of European Clubs and stand a chance of signing for a professional contract.
Max Life Insurance presents IKF Delhi Tournament is set to be held on 13th and 14th of March 2021 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. IKF is very excited to bring its tournament to the capital of the country and is very proud to announce that it has collaborated with Football Delhi who will be handling all the on-ground tasks for the tournament. Aalok Bhan, Director and Chief Marketing Officer, Max Life Insurance, said – “With the pandemic end in sight, it is now more important than ever for us all to revisit the idea of mindful living. It is essential to nurture communities of tomorrow that are healthy, happy and humane. We are delighted and proud to associate with India Khelo Football to bring this tournament to Delhi. We hope that this association will help drive greater dialogue among audiences, especially youth with regards to ‘Being Fit, Being Protected and Being Happy’.”
Post the Delhi event there will be multiple tournaments that will take place covering Kanpur, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir in Northern Zone and many more cities from other zones whose dates will be announced based on the local conditions. The best players from each zone will be selected and will be sent to Mumbai for the National Tournament, it will be held in Mumbai on 15th October 2021. After the finale, the top kids who will be handpicked by the international scouts will then travel to Europe to begin their professional football journey. Saurabh Singh a Delhi Division Football player states “This is the kind of opportunity which aspiring football players like us need to dream big and achieve the same at no exorbitant cost. I urge kids from Delhi NCR to take advantage of this golden opportunity and get chance to showcase their skills to European Clubs.”
Registration can be done on their website www.indiakhelofootball.com by registering for Delhi event which is on 13th and 14th March 2021, in association with Football Delhi, our Digital Inclusion Partner Anant Computing, Energy Partner Max Protein, Sports Equipment Partner Ultimate Goal Sports, Gold Partner Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC), Health Care Partner Apollo Spectra, Agency Partner River Delta, Football Magazine Partner Viva Football, Video Platform Partner Daily Cutting, Regional Execution Partner Vaishali City Athletic Club, Media Partner Global Bihari, Corporate Partner Kachi Sozo.