- 'Kick Off The Dream' football carnival welcomes more than 300 children
- Women's football, equality and inclusion all in focus in Delhi
More than 300 children from NGOs, football academies and schools participated in the 'Kick Off The Dream' football carnival and took part in the various activities at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
The highlight of the day was the 5v5 football challenge which saw eight teams participating, and My Angels Academy winning the knockout tournament in style.
As well as providing boys and girls from across New Delhi with the chance to play football, the carnival also focused on educating young children about women's football and saw the children participate in a range of activities including quizzes, painting competitions, crossbar challenge, and volley challenge, all which centred on women's football with the idea of educating them about the positive values associated with taking part.
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2021™ also aims to use football as a tool for equality and inclusion. With that in mind, the carnival saw UN Women conduct a game that was aimed at educating the young crowd about generational equality.
The participants were posed with the choice of kicking the ball towards one of the two messages on two goals. For example, one displayed a message of 'girls don't like sports', and another that had 'girls can choose to like/dislike whatever they please'.
Similarly, themed messages were displayed at different times, and the choice was posed to the children to understand and learn about the idea of equality.