Mumbai City’s grassroots festivals for women draw over 1,000 participants

Hero Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC celebrated International Women’s Day in unique fashion by organising 10 grassroots festivals and a workshop exclusively for women from March 5th to March 12th across Mumbai. The festivals saw active participation from schools, NGOs, housing societies and had a total of 1,030 participants including girls, teachers and parents.

Shinde Wadi School, Dadar East; Sanjivani School, Khargar; TIFR, Colaba; Anstrengung United, Matunga Bridge; Fr. Agnel's School, Vashi; Lions Municipal Sports Complex, Santacruz West; Vidyadhiraja High School, Bhandup East; Oxford Public School, Kandivali West; Lions Municipal Sports Complex, Santacruz West and St. Xavier's School, Nerul were the venues for the grassroots festival.

Meanwhile, the Lions Municipal Sports Complex was the venue for Mumbai City FC’s Grassroots Leaders Workshop in association with the All India Football Federation (AIFF). It began on March 8th and went on till March 10th. The workshop was a part of the FIFA’s ‘Live Your Goals’ campaign that aims at increasing women’s participation in football. It had both theoretical and practical sessions with Mr Dinesh Nair acting as chief instructor.

All 29 participants present at the workshop also received FIFA’s ‘Live Your Goal’ jerseys. Participants involved in the workshop ranged from college students with on-going exams, to girls who play for various women’s football teams in Mumbai, to girls representing corporate organisations.

The final day saw all 29 participants organising a grassroots festival, which included selecting varying coaching roles among themselves, designing the festival, conducting theoretical sessions before the festival got underway, while also managing the festival and looking into minute details. A total of 146 girls were present at the grassroots festival at the end of the workshop.

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