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Nabadisha to provide football coaching to girls from poor background

Kolkata: Nabadisha, a project initiated by Kolkata Police will collaborate with Shreeja India to provide football coaching to girls coming from economically challenged background.
This is for the first time when Kolkata Police has taken an initiative to give football coaching to girls to bring them to the mainstream. The project Damini will be launched on Saturday. The main purpose of the project is to help the girls to develop self-respect and self-confidence and to do football has been kept at the centre stage.
Shreeja will provide football coaching to girls of Nabadisha. The programme has been designed to inculcate the spirit of confidence and teamwork among girls so that they can face the world with self-respect and dignity.
Shreeja will organise three football coaching sessions per week at each of the five zones- east, west, north, south and central. Around 50 girls aged between 10 and 16 years will be trained per zone. Kolkata Police will identify the ground and provide all equipment for practice. The girls who will receive coaching will undergo medical treatment. Each session will last for two hours. Shreeja will appoint coaches and mentors who will be present at the training sessions. Apart from giving coaching in football, the girls will be taught to develop a sense of accomplishment through skills acquired in football training.
The girls will have fun and enjoy playing football while learning skills on teamwork, respect and fair play.
They will learn personal, professional and moral values that they can carry in other aspects of lives. They will develop friendship and learn to respect coaches, staff, teammates, opponents and the referee.
Shreeja India was founded by Shiv Shankar Dasgupta, an alumnus of Jadavpur University who now stays in the US. Shreeja gives regular coaching to tribal girls in Birbhum.
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