Football, has majorly been only man’s game worldwide. So is the situation in India, more so in a state where gender discrimination runs deep.
Kerela Soccer has been rising high and setting up the new benchmarks by Kerela Blasters by reaching in Indian Super League final. Reaching in the final gets them unlimited opportunities to showcase their skills, dream come true to be televised on National Tv, sponsorships or huge crowds but that is all just a dream for women’s soccer team which is very much still in the background of the state.
On the other hand is Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls at Nadakkavu. This school has trained over 50 girls so far, they have invested Rs 1 crore to install an astroturf field imported from New Zealand, and also roped in a former state women’s player as coach for improving the skills in these girls to get real talent which never had the limelight. The motive is to fight gender discrimination.
Their efforts did give results and also paid off for their investments by producing the maximum number of players for the Kerela teams at various levels. Almost a 2 dozen of players trained from this school have been drafted to the state teams in last four years. Kerela U-14 team had 18 players when they took part at the championships held at Odisha earlier this year out of which 10 players were trained from this school. Nikhila T and Ashli YM, 2 former students have even gone to play at the nationals which has made the school proud and their fight had their first stamping of success.
The former coach of national level U-14 and U-19 women’s team also appreciated the efforts made by this school and also the Kerela Football Associations contributions at all levels in women’s football.