International day of the girl

On the October 11 we celebrated the international day of the girl. 1.1 billion girls live on this planet and all of them have the right to discover and use their energy, power and creativity. To this day a lot of girls are discriminated on a daily basis (UNWomen, 2017). Most of the girls in India are not able to make decisions over their own life. Slum Soccer aims to empower the girls in India by letting them play football. Slum Soccer celebrated the international day of the girl with approximately 40 to 50 girls.

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The celebration took place at the Koradi ground and consisted of a classroom session and a football tournament. During the classroom session the girls got asked the question: ‘how should a girl look like?’. Some of the girls answered that girls should wear pink and should cover themselves. Others disagreed and a diverse debate arose on this topic.

The final goal of this discussion was to let the girls know that they are good the way they are. A tournament followed after the classroom session in which also boys participated. Yet, the girls had more ‘power’ because if they scored the goal counted twice. The celebration of the international day of the girl was not only fun, also educative. The celebration tried to break the traditional perspective on girls.

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Shakti Girls shines in School Division State!

16 girls of the Shakti girl project participated in the school division state tournament from 24 until 27 October. The girls represent their school, Pragatik Vidaylaya Koradi. The team qualified themselves by winning the division tournament in Maharashtra. The state tournament took place in Usmanabad stadium, where 8 teams from all across Maharashtra competed for the title.

The Shakti girls went to the state tournament as the expected winners within their region. They won the first match against Kolhapur with 1-0 and the semi-finals against Aurangabad resulted in an impressive 6-0. The team proved what they were capable of. 

In the final the girls faced Pune. Unfortunately Pune won with 0-3. Still, reaching the final is a great accomplishment in the very first year! Even more because when they started playing was that their surroundings denied them to play football because they are girls. Now, after two years, their parents and communities are encouraging them to play. Also their school embraces the team. When the girls came back from the tournament the school proudly welcomed them.

We are very proud to announce that during the tournament five girls got selected for trial to represent their state Maharashtra! At the end three girls made it through and ready to take on Maharashtra’s T-shirt. We congratulate Isha Sillare, Rakshanda Amle, Rankshanda Sonekar with this milestone!

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Another great achievement is the victory of the Fairplay cup. Out of all the teams, including the boys team, the Shakti girls were chosen to be the most fair players to their components, referees and others. 

Edu-kick coaches phase 2 training

On the 25th of October a group of 27, of which four female, Edu-Kick coaches from Mumbai arrived in Nagpur. The coaches have been giving Edu-Kick trainings in their communities for a while with 15 games specially designed to teach the children  about certain subjects in mathematic. Recently 16 new games were created by the slum soccer coaches for the next phase of the Edu-kick. These new games focus on topics as positive and negative numbers, triangles, squares, angels, problem solving, whole and natural numbers and nutrition. During the three days in Nagpur the coaches got intensive trainings to learn the new games.

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First of all, the new subjects were explained to the coaches to make sure they fully understand the mathematic. Secondly, the games got explained on the fieldAt last, the coaches themselves got the chance to practice conducting the new games. The goal of the training course was to teach the new games to the coaches, but also to give them confidence to execute them in their communities and to evaluate the application of Edu-Kick. Afterwards the coaches said that they learned a lot from the training and that they were confident about implementing the new games in their communities. Besides being productive, the three days were also a lot of fun!

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The coaches from Nagpur and Mumbai were so confident and enthusiastic to get back in the field after holidays and enhance the interest of the children!

WWE Superstar JBL visits EduKick

How could you control the excitement of exuberant children who just got the news that WWE superstar was going to visit their school? we found out the hard way. Even in the slums of Mumbai where EduKick is currently running in schools the participants already knew about him and were ecstatic to have an opportunity to meet him so much so that we had to bring in all the help to contain the excitement.

On his part John Layfield or JBL as he was popularly known as wooed his audience with his openness and humility, he was amazed and intrigued spoke to each and every child he met,

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Soon the news spread around and residents from the nearby slums also started pouring in, everyone was thrilled to meet their WWE star. He visited the classrooms and appreciated the diversity and potential that India holds, he exclaimed,”while Americans are so lazy to learn one language,children here knows four, wow truly wow”, he even played  math games with the kids. He appreciated the concept of impact through games or more specifically football, Jbl in his life career along with wrestling and commentary, is fond of social service and exploring diversities as is evident from his work “pro-rugby” which is similar to slum-soccers work. 

While discussing the efficiency of quality education with the teachers and coaches he stated that following the common norms and not accepting change will lead everyone to complacency, he further added change is inevitable and so we should embrace It. 

Changing the ways of education system so as to make them more skilled and proactive is what he believes in.

He quoted,” we invented aeroplanes,smartphones and way of living, but why are we stuck to the same old methodology of teaching of 1850’s ?,don’t we need any improvisation ?”, but India is too diverse and the upgrade in education system will take decades  from the government side, instead he urged the institution like Slumsoccer to take an initiative in making a dent, which it has been doing very seriously.

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Slumsoccer has always been promoting overall development whether it’s through football or creating awareness about issues. The big upside of this visit was not just for the participants but also for the teachers and coaches who felt appreciated by this welcome guest.

Team India at the Homeless World Cup Oslo 2017

8 Men and 8 women outstanding players from all across India started their journey on 28th September for the Homeless World Cup Oslo. On the day Team India stepped out to represent their nation, they became part of something bigger than themselves and started the journey to become beacons of inspiration for their communities.

This year Team India had a fantastic tournament as both the teams’ performances were extraordinary. Teams left inspiration and memorable actions for them as well as for many players on the pitch after giving toughest fights to most of the teams.

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India Men’s Team: Men’s competition was played in three stages. The men’s team finished second competing from group “F” with 9 points off 4 matches in stage-1. India beat Hungary in their opening game and by 4-3 and open their account with a win. Then team went head to head and beat France 7-2, Netherlands 7-3, but lost to Ireland 0-2.

In the second pool they finished 5th from a pool of six teams. They lost Portugal 2-7, beat Peru 6-3, lost Mexico in nail bitting match by 4-6, lost Costa Rica 4-8 and lost Austria 3-8.

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In stage 3 (City of Oslo Bowl) India beat Netherlands 4-3 (Bassam 2, Zahid Mir 2) were the scorers in the quarters. In the semi finals India 2 Zimbabwe 2 which India won in sudden death scored by Bassam. The final was played between Denmark and India in which India lost by 4-2 and finished 18 position.

India Women’s Team: In the women’s competition, India topped group “A” in the first stage finishing with 12 points off 4 matches. The women’s team faced and beat Kenya 11-2, Scotland 5-3, Northern Ireland 8-2, USA 8-3.

In stage-2 – India finished 4th out of six earning 6 points of 5 matches played. The team played Mexico & lost 10-0, France 10-1, England 3-1 but were able to pick wins over Scotland 5-3, & Greece 7-4. After winning 2 wins they qualified for Homeless World Cup Semi Final.

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They played their semi Final Chile in which India lost by 5-1 but gave them a tough fight. Then team played for 5 & 6th Position against France. They lost their game by 3-2 but their action inspired many visitors. So then it was the final game for the team against England for 7th and 8th Position. For this because of their lat match many supports came to help and encourage team India and as a result of that encouragement team beat England by 4-3 and retained their 7th position in the world ranking.

They retuned back to their home with some much pride as it was team india’s best performance in a tournament.

Zopadpatti Football Tournament, Nagpur

Nagpur witnessed one of the most divergent and energetic events of football this July and August ,”The Zopadpatti Tournament” which was held in 6 different zones in Nagpur. Slum soccer has been equipping the underprivileged with the necessary tools and coaches to bring out the hidden talents and this kind of tournaments helps to reach to the best.

The tournament which commenced on 1st of July was played with league structure starting with south zone concluded with central tournament on 8th August 2017 at St. Ursula High School ground.

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 8 teams in each group took part out of which 4 outstanding  teams made it to semi finals and then finals.

The final tournament took place in central zone of Nagpur at St. Ursula high school ground. 8 teams from the previous tournaments came together to compete.

Homeless World Cup Training

When it comes to your quality of performance it is all about preparation. If you are well prepared, your chances of seeing satisfying results are much higher.

Keeping this in mind, we began the team India’s preparation for the Homeless World Cup well in advance.

Both men’s and women’s squad of 8 players of each category came together from 7th August to 27th August 2017. The Men’s team consisted of 8 players selected from various states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Likewise the women’s team also consisted of 8 players selected from Delhi, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

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The training program was led by the coach Pankaj Mahajan who was selected as a coach of the teams. The teams had two sessions throughout the period through which they were preparing themselves mentally, physically as well as technically by working hard. They also played practice matches with the former Homeless World Cup Indian teams.

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Every individual seemed very much confident and determined to represent their nation and make their country feel proud of them says coach Pankaj Mahajan. They played many matches and their performances have been extraordinary which showed that their performance in the tournament is going to be really good.

EduKick launch : Play to Learn

Project Edu-Kick is an initiative of slum soccer which promotes education to the under privileged, it uses football as a medium to improve physical fitness as well as to teach the monotonous subjects such as Maths in a very engaging way along with providing pragmatic primary education this initiative also engenders the knowledge of sports which is in fact more captivating than current scenario of teaching. Teachers cum coaches were trained for this purpose of engaging and enlightning the students along with that they were introduced to the updated curriculum and exam patterns.   

 Traditional methods of teaching doesn’t promote the aspirations and early development of interests in student and they end up there pursuits and dreams just by following the mediocre flow of our education system,Many students end up being drop out just after 5th standard as they don’t engage in schools and they don’t find it worthy,which in turns increase illiteracy and unemployment, some gets divested in the ill practices while some end up being child labour. In our advanced project we ensure that every child holds something unique and nurture them through the pragmatic approaches,though It’s a riveting idea in our education system the compatibility between the student and the coaches is an another task for which they have been trained . In the first phase of rollout, we are planning to adopt edu kick program in 20 Zilla parishad and municipal schools comprising of 2000 student and then extend this benefits to the 50,000 such kids in overall Nagpur. These 20 schools do noṭ have access to the sports equipment as well as they don’t conduct physical activities on regular basis,also the student engaging ratio is very low, So these schools are the hotspots for promoting our cause.     

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 We will be conducting 35 training sessions,three days in a week,comprised of basic math skills, life skills, financial literacy and football skills and  assess there Performance and engaging patterns and update the system as required. We will be keeping an Eagles eye on this program and track the progress of our cause through various indicators .                   We hope to impart knowledge and bring betterment to our society in every tough situations and learn a lot through such diversified experiment.

This program was launched in Nagpur and Mumbai in Municipal Schools, in the first phase the program started in 40 schools and will extend to 20 more in the coming month. This program is supported by Sony Pictures Network India, Reliance Foundation and Mercedes Benz.

Game Changers Finale Module

Youth leaders from each of city of Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi who had earlier gone through intensive leadership trainings in module 1 and module 2 underwent the final module in Nagpur which was held from 4th-6th August. Over 90 leaders from diverse backgrounds came to Nagpur to enrich there leadership qualities in final stage to achieve the unattainable as it is said “together as a team we can achieve the unattainable”. 

The participants had already been boosted from the previous sessions and now it was the time to achieve more heights, the first day began with ice breakers where the diverse participants were introduced followed by a warm up on the field which made all the participants filled with positive vibes. Mr. Prerak Mehta guided the young leaders in solving community problems in a much pragmatic approach followed by motivational speech by the dignitaries of Tayawade college. The day wouldn’t have ended perfectly with a friendly football match where people with varied languages interacted in one common language of sports. 

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Second day began with boundless energy on field with a concept of fair play, this session opened a dialogue on going beyond self-regulation into realm of empathy and celebrating together. Dr Amit Samarth who recently completed RAAM shared his insights on persistence, hard work and determination and expounded on the idea of solving any community problem by working in a team.  The day concluded with the ideas and approach of bringing a change to a larger community. 

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Day 3 was an execution day for all the leaders who had learnt it all from one another but had never executed, It was the time for them to handle and learn from community, they were given a charge of conducting festival for 120 children who assembled on the ground, leaders divided them into the batch of 6, and carried out interactive games through which children were able to learn life skills, communication, team work and problem solving while working in a team.  Leaders meticulously maintained the decorum amongst the children and scrupulously took care of child safety. At the end of the day children exalted there leaders who were reason for bringing smiles on there faces. The leaders not only executed the tasks with utter delicacy but also they had learnt a lot from children too and were glutted with many ideas to solve community problems , they expressed a great pleasure working with Slumsoccer. The day ended with  exchange of dialogues and a debrief sessions wherein leaders had lot to add about what more changes can be brought. The closing ceremony saw Mr. Shobhit Shrivasta from Sony Pictures Network India encouraging the upcoming leaders to think beyond their circumstances and work for united India. 

A big thanks is in order for this years sponsor Sony Pictures Network India for helping us to reach to the highest number of youth leaders ever.

Edu-Kick coaches training

Project Edu-Kick is an initiative of slum soccer which promotes education to the under privileged, it uses football as a medium to change lifestyles as well as uses it to teach the monotonous subjects such as Maths in a very engaging way, this unique idea of teaching surely has a demand for a literate and meticulous teachers,(we call it coach ).         

As a part of bostering this project in 10 schools in Mumbai, coaches from Mumbai were trained in Nagpur from 25th-27th July for teaching assistance, as we believe that every expert was once a beginner. So we gave them training from basics which included topics on Mathematics and football, sanitation,  child care and safety, learning language through games, psychology of a child. This basics proved to enhance and refresh the teaching skills and knowledge of  teachers cum coaches.

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The coaches enthusiasm and level of understanding showed their readiness to scatter the beam of knowledge they have to the young potentials who are deprived of primary education along with showing them the glimpse of football to bream the shackles of crimes and poverty surrounding them. This is what so special about slum soccer, wherein participants comes as a black body absorbing knowledge and turns himself into a radiator scattering knowledge.