Kolkata: The latest social initiative of Kolkata Police is Damini, through which girls from economically challenged background are getting coaching in football, to bring them into the mainstream.
The project was launched on February 10. This is the first time that Kolkata Police has taken such an initiative. It will be undertaken with the help of the non-profit-making organisation, Shreeja India.
The program has been designed to inculcate the spirit of confidence and teamwork among girls so that they can face the world with self-respect and dignity.
Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, inaugurated Damini, a project of Kolkata Police and Shreeja India, as a part of community policing where girls will be given coaching in football to build their self-confidence and bring them to mainstream life.
This is for the first time when the city police have taken up such a project, where keeping football in the centre stage, attempts will be made to develop confidence and personality of the girls coming from economically-challenged background.
They will learn personal, professional and moral values that they can carry in other aspects of lives. They develop friendship and learn to respect coaches, staff, teammates, opponents and the referee.
Three football coaching sessions will be organised per week at each of five zones – east, west, north, south and central. Around 50 girls between 10 and 16 years will be trained per zone. Each session will last for two hours.