SRINAGAR: SRM Welkin beat Sanctorium Institute by 3-2 in the final to win the boys’ U-15 age group of the inaugural Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) chapter that was held in Kashmir in the 2023-24 campaign. SRM Welkin emerged victorious in a thrilling match at the TRC Ground in Srinagar on December 27, Wednesday.
“We are thrilled with the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) coming to the Kashmir valley and equally joyous at winning the boys’ U-15 age group in its first-ever edition here. It has been an enriching experience and the competition provided our boys with a lot of exposure and experiences that they will carry forward in their football careers,” SRM Welkin coach Sajad Bashir said after their win.
More than 20 teams from across the Union Territory participated in the U-15 boys’ age category this season. Earlier, the University of Kashmir had defeated Govt. Degree College, Baramulla, in penalties to win the U-21 age group at this very venue on November 30, Wednesday.
Also as per data available from the last two events conducted by RYFS in Kashmir, there is a clear trend of emerging talent from areas outside the capital city of Srinagar. In fact both the finalists yesterday were from North Kashmir Baramulla district and so was one of the finalists in the u21 inter-college event.
In fact, for the first time, all these coaches will get access to a coach education program under RYFS in the coming months so they can get better at the development of football.