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Meghalaya prepares for FIFA U-17 women’s WC India

The biennial youth tournament, scheduled to be held between October 11 and 30 2022, will see the best young female footballers across the world

In a historic first, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya, is hosting a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 legacy initiative, the Coach Education Scholarship Programme where 23 aspiring coaches – all females – are undertaking E-License grassroots course to become officially certified football coaches.

This eleventh edition of the programme, being conducted between September 4 to 7, 2022, will train its participants in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the game while also equipping the participating women with leadership qualities.

Envisioned and conceptualized by the LOC for the tournament, the Coach Education Scholarship Programme has benefitted not just the graduating participants of its hitherto held ten courses, but also those who have been coached by officially certified coaches.

The graduates of the various editions of this programme are subsequently serving as role models and inspirational figures, encouraging more girls in their local communities to start playing football. Some participants, from remote districts, are pioneering female participation in the game, thus changing the culture and lives of young girls.

This legacy initiative of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022 has also aided in rehabilitating certain participants who have found alternate career opportunities through the beautiful game.

The biennial youth tournament, scheduled to be held between October 11 and 30 2022, will see the best young female footballers across the world showcase their talent in India.

First Published: 6th September, 2022 17:48 IST

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