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Football tool to spread awareness against social evils

Koraput, Jun 19: To raise awareness among people about social evils like alcoholism and child marriage, a novel programme called “Football for Social Change” (FSC) was launched by a UK-based organisation in Odisha's Koraput district.Around
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PTI 20 Jun 2012, 04:48 PM IST
Koraput, Jun 19: To raise awareness among people about social evils like alcoholism and child marriage, a novel programme called “Football for Social Change” (FSC) was launched by a UK-based organisation in Odisha's Koraput district.




Around 32 youths, including four girls, belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribes and in the age group of 15 to 20 years, have been selected for the programme.  “As football is popular among rural youths, the programme aims at educating and empowering youngsters through the game.  It focuses on creating awareness against the social evils”, said Sanjit Pattnaik of SOVA, a local voluntary organisation that has tied up with the UK-based Skill-share Internationals for implementing the project.

The coaching programme will relate laws of football to social issues in a unique way so that the participants enjoy the sessions.

“Football teaches team work, time management and handling pressure which will be used while spreading awareness against social evils. The youths will be taught to handle pressure on field, which will reflect in their daily life, too”, said Ashok Rathod, a Mumbai-based football coach who will be coaching the youths at the camp.

“In football, if a player does not pass the ball on time, rival team snatches it. The same rule can be applied to one's life. One must do the right thing at the right time in life.  For example, at the time of attending schools, one should not do other things and become a dropout,” he said.

The participants are also confident that the training will boost their confidence and self-esteem and will be helpful in building valuable life skills. Football tool to spread awareness against social evils

Koraput (Odisha), June 20 (PTI) To raise awareness among people about social evils like alcoholism and child marriage, a novel programme called “Football for Social Change” (FSC) was launched by a UK-based organisation in Odisha's Koraput district.

Around 32 youths, including four girls, belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribes and in the age group of 15 to 20 years, have been selected for the programme.  “As football is popular among rural youths, the programme aims at educating and empowering youngsters through the game.  It focuses on creating awareness against the social evils”, said Sanjit Pattnaik of SOVA, a local voluntary organisation that has tied up with the UK-based Skill-share Internationals for implementing the project.


The coaching programme will relate laws of football to social issues in a unique way so that the participants enjoy the sessions.

“Football teaches team work, time management and handling pressure which will be used while spreading awareness against social evils. The youths will be taught to handle pressure on field, which will reflect in their daily life, too”, said Ashok Rathod, a Mumbai-based football coach who will be coaching the youths at the camp.

“In football, if a player does not pass the ball on time, rival team snatches it. The same rule can be applied to one's life. One must do the right thing at the right time in life.  For example, at the time of attending schools, one should not do other things and become a dropout,” he said.  The participants are also confident that the training will boost their confidence and self-esteem and will be helpful in building valuable life skills.
 
 
 

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