• Worked across 47 schools & 3 community program involving almost 9000 children
• Organized KKM League for consecutive 4 seasons offering a multi-sport long term competitive platform for children from disadvantaged background
• Five girls in Delhi Sub Junior Team of 20 competing at national championships
• Winner of HTGIFA’2019 in Junior Girls Category
• Runners up of Kickstart Women’s League’2017 in the U21 category although being an U13 team
• Youngest player in Delhi team Sub Junior Team 2018-19
• Only all girls team in Delhi Youth League ranking 8th in pool of 10 teams (all boys)(2018-19)
• All Girls team ranking 4th in a pool of 9 teams in Golden league organized by Football Delhi
• Winning 80% matches against Senior Teams beyond Delhi, at Mumbai, Goa, Ahmedabad
• Awarded as “Best NGO in Football development” by Football Delhi, the governing body of the sport in Delhi
About a year back, at one of our sessions, Divya asked "main bhi khel lu" (Can I play as well?) and since then there's been no looking back...Divya always accompanied her younger sister to football sessions in Sangam Vihar and events and carefully watched over her and the game from the sidelines. Within 3 months of joining the training, she emerged as the fittest player in the team. She is always eager to learn new skills and is now technically one of the most sound players. At the time of team selections, she was an automatic choice for the No.1 position of a goalkeeper. From a shy hesitant kid, she is now the captain of the team and she recently led them to a runner-up trophy at Kickstart Women's Football League. Currently, in the 10th grade, Pooja has already set her college aspirations at Jesus Et Mary College, one of the few institutions where women's sports is a strong part of their culture.
He used to always wake up at 4 a.m. in the morning, help his father with his tea-stall, and come to school every day.That way, life was perfect...However, in school, it became a little imperfect. For Ganga did not know how to control his anger! He used to get angry and get into fights and obviously not like it. He was always a very caring, loving kid, full of energy, however, the imperfection was, his way of showing love, care and energy were violence and anger. Football changed it around and the disciplined his attitude. He was always a great athlete but the KKM League exposed Ganga to a competitive sports platform and generated his interest in Football. He decided to enroll in football classes at Thyagraj Stadium in the summer of 2015 and there was never turning back from then! He went to the class every day, practiced every day. He learn’t how to solve conflicts in a team with love and patience, today in the classroom, he helps other students solve their fights! He learn’t how to be thankful for what he has, once he wrote on his football, “thank you football” and when asked why, he said, “jo humare liye kuch karta hai use thank you to bolna hi chahiye.” (Those who do something for us, we should say thank you to them). You can say football made him a better person, I would say, he was always a beautiful person, football just helped him unleash that for himself! Now, he has been selected for the U-16 team of Delhi Dynamos Football Club, goes to practice every day, and is superbly happy, humble, thankful and confident child.
In just 7-8 days of coaching, she outperformed and became a star player...In 2015 when I joined as a Teach for India Fellow, I was passionate to improve academics as well as sports level of each potential kid of my school in Bhadola. When I started making my school team for games, Kajal was not on top of my mind for any game but after conducting trials, I selected her in kho-kho team. Kajal looks like any other girl from the Bhadola, a low-income community in Delhi, a small 4-foot girl. When she went for her first Kho-Kho KKM League event the opponents also felt she was just another ordinary girl, and were happy to see that they only had to face such a small girl. They had never ever imagined that the small girl will become a nightmare for them and a beauty for the eyes of all the viewers. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17, she became star player of KKM as well as MCD Zonal games. Finally, I took the plunge to get her get admitted to kho-kho focussed school at Kohat Enclave, where specific coaching is given for the same. But Kajal’s parents were not at all ready for the same, they became a nightmare for me, I had to take at least 5-6 counseling sessions in person and on phone of the parents. Finally, I made them sit in my car and took them to school, half-heartedly her mother agreed and started taking her to the school for coaching. The national championship was just 10 days from the coaching start day and the coach of Kohat school had already finalized the team. I personally sat with him twice and convinced him of the potential and told him the strengths, he actually found that in Kajal and finally found her better than many previous players and thus she got a chance to play in the kho-kho sub- junior national championship from Delhi. Eureka !!!!
Fellowship with a Non- Profit Organization; No pay; uncertain challenges every day!...Most of my kind working in one of the corporate houses would shun the idea of availing the opportunity. After all, it leaves you 3-4 hours less of time every day, which is a luxury working in the consulting industry. I wasn’t very different in June 2016! The only difference being that I have always been of the exploring kind. With interest to explore the Sports for Development space, I delve in! Day 1, you acclimatize yourself with the realities beyond what you perceive in everyday life. Nimri was one of a kind! Untapped aggression, lack of teachers – more so lack of a proper learning system. What do you expect from 4 teachers running the school? How does S4D a.k.a does Sports for Development fit in? I’ve often found myself asking the question all along the journey. Fast forwarding 8 months to February 2017, I think I might have found the answer in representing Nimri Colony school at the KKMF league finals in which Nimri lifted the runner’s up trophy. First timers had displaced the established! The most relished have been the phone calls from the principal to continue for 2017. Nonetheless, the progress that I see in the school today is leaps and bounds far from what it was in June 2016. The school, now, has a dedicated Volleyball field, and a football playing area; the teachers make up for the responsibilities that I carried for 6 months. The push has been a derivative of the results that children have produced. The recognition school received in the tournament not only lifted the confidence of the players involved but also of those who were off the field. That, I feel is more impactful and important than the achievement of the team. It really sets up the stage for the younger ones to come in and gain out of a renewed sporting regime in the school. Finally, S4D starts making sense, when I see the multiplied effects of my effort transformed into the hard work that the teachers and the students are put in every day.
The little girl in this picture is Ruchi Yadav, who is wearing the Delhi team jersey for the U-15 national ... girls football tournament held in June, 2020 at Odisha. She was the youngest player in the whole squad at 13 years of age. Right now, she is one of the most promising players in the KKM girl’s football team with skills and performances which have earned her a lot of praise in the Delhi's football community. But the stars weren’t always in favor for Ruchi. She was born a premature baby at just 8 months and struggled with health problems during the initial stages of her life. Her first exposure to sports came at the KKM league in 2014, when she was just 8 years old and it was surprising for a lot of people to see she was so fast and strong in spite of her physical structure. She got enrolled in the community program in 2015 and never looked back since. Her coaches had doubts if her physicality would hinder her growth as a football player but she proved everyone wrong with her grit and determination. It is impossible to intimidate this little girl and while you are reading this, she might be spreading magic on the football pitch with her breathtaking skills..
Krishna Arya was a student of Govt. Boys senior secondary school, and had a sheer passion for sports....KKMF had a special addition to their team this year. Krishna Arya was a student of Govt. Boys senior secondary school, Qutub, Mehrauli and had a sheer passion for sports. In 2016, he played his first ever KKM league, representing his school football team. He again played in the 2018 edition winning a couple of “Man of the Match” awards. “The whole KKM experience was wonderful, I got to a chance to play a highly competitive league and the MOTM awards gave me the push to do more”, he told me during a conversation. So, when he heard about KMMF hiring youth mentors/coaches he decided that he wanted to be part of it. He truly wanted to pursue his interest in sports and make it into a career. He believed that KKM was the best place for it and he passed the selection process to become a part of the team. Krishna now coaches the community kho-kho team in Aya Nagar and is also a part of KKMF’s school program. He finds great meaning in mentoring young kids who share the same passion with him, -love for sports..
When Raziya first started playing football, her mother was really worried. She would even complain to the coaches that her daughter’s skin complexion was getting darker... because she was playing in the sun the whole time. Whenever Raziya would reach home late after practice, it would become an issue. It was all because she wasn’t convinced that choosing football was the best thing for her daughter who was also bright in academics. To win over Raziya’s mother, our team spent a great amount of time with her. After a lot of efforts from the KKM team, she started to put more trust on KKM. When Raziya was selected for the U-15 Delhi team for the nationals in Manipur, she was overjoyed. She really now could see the picture her daughter and the KKM team was trying to show her. From spending more money to fulfil her dietary requirements, to traveling with her on match days, she started supporting her daughter in every way she could to achieve her dream of playing for the country. Just like Raziya’s mother, all the parents in our programs at Sangam Vihar and Aya nagar have taken up a lot of responsibility. The Sangam Vihar football team travelled to Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore and Gujrat in 2019 and 30% of the total expenditure was covered by their parents. The overwhelming support from the parents has encouraged the children and the KKM team to work harder and take more responsibility. PLAYER IN FOCUS : Chanchal 6th Grade, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Aya Nagar Chanchal , a shy & silent child wanted to explore playing seeing her friends in the nearby park engaged in a game of Kho-Kho. She got her parents to enroll into KKM after school program. Her silence didn’t translate on her sporting acumen, She was very committed from Day 1 but very much new compared to her peers who by now have started mastering few skills of the game. Last December, when the coach decided to step up the rigor of sessions he was a bit sceptical about the new kid, Chanchal. Will it be too tough for her? How will she perform such rigorous activities which includes a series of lunges, frog jumps to strengthen lower body, hanuman jumps focusing on core strength and obviously a series of Small sided Kho-Kho games repeatedly. It was a tough challenge for all but Chanchal. She surprised everyone with her grit. Chanchal’s attitude was a testimony to the coach’s belief that best improvement comes when we are challenged. She was soon selected as the Captain of the team before the first ever tournament of her team. In the very first match she outperformed opponents by staying on the pitch untagged for 7 minutes, the whole period. It is a huge achievement in terms of Kho Kho game where average time a defender stays on pitch is 60-90 secs. Although the team lost the next match Chanchal set the example of what is possible. She slowly become deeply connected to the game. During the last Mohalla tournament she burst into tears as her team lost in advanced stages. She is an excellent observer of the game, knows her strength very well and plays accordingly. Her parents’ support adds a lot of zeal to her approach, Her mom came to witness her daughter’s performance in all editions of mohalla tournament. That shy, introverted Chanchal started speaking loudly and boldly through her game..
Across 80 schools have been covered under our Programs.
90% of these children experienced sports for the first time
11:10 gender ratio: For every 10 boys there are 11 girls participating in our programs