29.10.2021 – 14:14
Bhubaneswar, Indien (ots/PRNewswire)
The Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, has launched the world’s first FIFA soccer program for schools at KISS in an unprecedented initiative. Naveen Patnaik, Prime Minister of Odisha, virtually opened the program on October 27, 2021.
Football for Schools (F4S) is an ambitious FIFA global program designed to help educate, develop and improve the lives of around 700 million children.
At the opening of the program, which is the result of a partnership between FIFA and KISS, Shri Patnaik said: “Investing in sport is investing in youth and the future.” Patnaik, who has made a name for himself in promoting the sport in Odisha and nationwide, congratulated the KIIT and the KISS for creating a beneficial ecosystem over the past two decades to channel the passion for the sport.
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT and KISS, has been in regular contact with the FIFA President over the past year and a half about FIFA’s “Football for Schools” program. With the introduction at KISS, the program will be carried out for the first time worldwide.
At the opening ceremony, Dr. Nik Gugger, Member of the Swiss Parliament, and Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, participated virtually while Dr. Samanta, Mr. Kushal Das, the Secretary General of AIFF, Youri Djorkaeff, CEO of the FIFA Foundation and other dignitaries were personally present.
Dr. Nik Gugger praised the services of Dr. Samanta on sport and said: “This is the first FIFA initiative in the world under the Football for Schools program, and is the result of Dr Samanta’s tireless commitment to sport.”
Gianni Infantino congratulated the Prime Minister of Odisha on his groundbreaking initiatives to promote the sport, saying: “We are delighted that Football for Schools is launched in India today. India is one of the first countries in the world to kick off.” Under the direction of Dr. Samanta, KIIT and KISS have created sports infrastructures and promoted athletes since 2005.
“Under the visionary leadership of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Odisha has become a center of sport and Bhubaneswar has become a capital of sport. He has not forgotten to promote grassroots sport,” said Dr. Samanta. He promised comprehensive support from KIIT and KISS in implementing the program.
In the run-up to the event, FIFA held a three-day “Capacity Building Workshop – Train the Trainer” at KISS on October 25, in which 100 sports teachers from Odisha and over 100 soccer players from KIIT and KISS took part.
Dr. Shradhanjali Nayak
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