SAC approves Rs 2 crore grant for Real Kashmir FC

Within two years of its formation, the team has qualified for the top-tier I-League, in which it successfully defeated or drew with top teams including Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Churchill Brothers.

Real Kashmir FC player Surchandra Singh celebrates after scoring a goal against Shillong Lajong FC in the I-League in Srinagar last year.   -  AP

The Jammu and Kashmir governor’s administration sanctioned a financial aid of Rs 2 crore for the Real Kashmir Football Club for a period of three years, beginning 2018-19, on Monday.

The State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, took the step.

Within two years of its formation, the team has qualified for the top-tier I-League, in which the club successfully defeated or drew with top teams including Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Churchill Brothers etc.

For its performance, Real Kashmir has been gaining popularity among the youth of the state, they added.

In the matches played in the valley, more than 25,000 people turn up to cheer for their favourite team.

At present, the club is financially not in a position to meet the players’ expenditure including expenses on training, travelling, boarding and lodging, they observed.

The SAC thus approved the grant. It further directed the Department of Youth Services & Sports to formulate a proposal in consultation with the finance department for providing grant to sports teams of J&K which qualify for top level national leagues in cricket, hockey, kabaddi and badminton.

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