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first_imgIn a bid to increase the popularity of football, government-run schools in UP will now be providing training to students for the sport on a daily basis, so as to improve their skills and develop their interest in the same.As per an HT report, this is being done to promote football in UP in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India this October. A seminar, Mission XI Million, was organised at the office of the secondary education department on Wednesday afternoon.FIFA U-17 WC India 2017 Workshops will be conducted with school principals, physical education coaches, and winners will be shortlisted for the football festival.Project director, local organising committee, FIFA U-17 WC India 2017, Joy Bhattacharya, said that principals and teachers of government schools were asked to include football in sporting activities to help students fall in love with a sport that’s all about discipline and team spirit.India to be a host for the first timeIt is for the first time that the prestigious event was being organised in India and asked the principals to encourage students to play football, said Director, UP secondary education, Aman Nath Verma. The genesis of introducing sports in schools goes back to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat radio programme broadcast in March 2016 where he had called for promotion of football in the country in the run-up to the FIFA U-17 World Cup.It was then that the sports department took steps to popularise football in the country. Several rounds of discussions have been held with FIFA, AIFF, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and CBSE.advertisement”We are looking forward to help 11 million Indian children embrace football through this mass movement. It is the most ambitious project undertaken to promote sports in the country ever,” Bhattacharya said.Read: Police public schools to be set up for children of police personnel in Haryana Read: Delhi HC directs CBSE to stop commercial activities in school campus For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

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