Yuwa and BookASmile take Indian girls’ football team to FIFA Women’s World Cup in France
On June 28, 2019 six female footballers from Ranchi will board a flight to Lyon, France to participate in streetfootballworld Festival19, a highlight of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year. The team from Yuwa, which is supported by BookASmile, have been invited as one of 40 other delegations from across the world representing leading ‘Development through Football’ organisations. The festival will run from June 29th to July 8th.
Yuwa’s women will be hosted by Sport dans la Ville during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 for a festival of football, fair play and culture. The festival will feature a street soccer tournament played by ‘football3 rules’ designed to promote tolerance and youth leadership as well as an educational and cultural exchange programme. The festival will be organised jointly by streetfootballworld and Sport dans la Ville. The stars of the festival are 240 young people (aged between 15 to 18 years) from disadvantaged communities all over the world and who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to changing the world through football.
Yuwa’s team, who are all coaches of girls as well as footballers themselves, will be leading a special workshop for all of the other delegations on gender equality through football, building teams and inclusive environments for girls.
“All my life, I’ve fought my family and their mindsets about girls playing football. I am a quiet girl who stays to myself, and my family never supported my traveling. But this time I’m excited because I made it here, and they are not stopping me. Yes I am a girl, so what? No one can stop me from playing the sport that has changed my life.” Jiramani Kumari, 15 year old Yuwa team member
“Football is my passion. Playing through Yuwa has obliterated the belief that ‘girls are a burden to the family’ because now I am independent, empowered and a role model to the younger girls in my team. I believe all girls should be given a chance – trust us with our freedom and see how we change the game!” Asha, 17 year old Yuwa team member
“The streetfootballworld Festival19 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a prestigious platform for women athletes the world over to be a part of and we are thrilled to be able to support the YUWA team to make this dream a reality. BookASmile has always strived to make available, varied sport offerings for the less privileged in a bid to promote overall personality development and offer everyone an equal opportunity to be entertained. We believe that development through entertainment experiences is critical in shaping human lives and we are humbled to be able to offer the scope to these players at compelling international sporting events,” said Farzana Cama Balpande, Head – BookASmile.