LOC of 2022 U-17 Women's World Cup launches the 'Coach Education Scholarship Programme'

The organising committee launched this programme in tandem with FIFA and hopes that this initiative improves women football from the grassroots level.

The aim of this initiative is to raise the standard of women's football and broaden its base in the country. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022, with support from FIFA, kicked off its 'Coach Education Scholarship Programme' here to further develop women's football.

As many as 21 aspiring coaches took part in the E-license course and were trained in both theoretical and practical elements of the game with all safety practices in place.

"This event signifies the start of the Coach Education Programme that will be carried forward to other districts of Maharashtra, including Pune, Thane, Nagpur and Kolhapur with the Government of Maharashtra and the Western India Football Association (WIFA)," a release said.

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Tournament Director of the LOC of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022 and AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022, Roma Khanna said, "It is important to us that the community benefits from hosting the tournament and today's event signifies a new start.

"Having more female coaches at the grassroots level is vital to having more young girls and women taking up the sport."

Maymol Rocky, head coach of the Indian women's national team, said, "It is really encouraging to see so many female coaches in each category now, more so than the previous years. I am sure this will only increase in the future."

All India Football Federation (AIFF) secretary Kushal Das said the activity would help women's football.

"Starting the CEP in Maharashtra with FIFA's support is a wonderful milestone for us. Having increased capacity building courses will help women’s football and broaden its base," said Das.