In great news for girls football, US-based Goals for Girls (G4G), an organisation that involves girls helping girls through football, will be visiting New Delhi from 5-8 January, 2016. Organised by Anglian Football, India will be hosting its 2nd Goal for Girls Summit this year.
During the summit, 18 girls from Triangle United in Chapel Hill, North Carolina will spend time with over 160 girls from across India over a 4-day leadership program. To be conducted at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, G4G will utilise the summit to spread the passion for the game among girls while using football as a medium to develop life skills that will help participants on and off the pitch. The broad idea is to give the girls who come from various backgrounds a voice and a self-defined identity.
The leadership program will be led by American coaches among whom is Cindy Parlow-Cone, an Olympic Gold Medal winner in women’s football who has also represented the United States at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Besides the obvious benefit to the girls who will be participating in the summit, there will also be a significant focus on coach education for girls football. This will enable India to develop better women’s football coaches who understand the intricacies of dealing with girls football especially at a grassroots level when the girls are changing rapidly at a physical and emotional level.
We’re sure the 2016 Goals for Girls Summit will serve as a massive boost for women’s football in India and give us a glimpse of the massive talent hidden in the country. A wonderful quote penned by the legendary William Shakespeare comes to mind when discussing the G4G Summit:
“Although she be but little, she is fierce.”
P.S. Here are some videos from previous years if you want to know more.