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"Right to Play an important goal for ASA”: Moncho Ferrer

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"Right to Play an important goal for ASA”: Moncho Ferrer

‘IDEATE 2017’ is a panel discussion organised by Bansidhar and Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF) in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, which took place on 1 November, 2017. The theme this year is ‘Sport for Development-Education & Life Skills in India’.

The panel was comprised of people from different organisations using sport for development and those with experience in working in sport governance. The discussion was prominently about sport and its role in the overall development of children and youth.

The panel consisted of the following:

  • Moncho Ferrer, Programme Director at Rural Development Trust (RDT), represented Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA)
  • Abhijeet Barse, CEO of Slum Soccer
  • Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha
  • Ranjib Biswal , Member of Parliament (MP), Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament of India)
  • Meha Bhardwaj, Associate Editor (Sports), CNN-IBN – panel moderator

Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) is playing a key role in bringing sport closer to the children, including girls and boys, in the rural regions of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. Every child has the 'Right' to engage in 'Play' and we should ensure children are provided with opportunities to participate and enjoy the benefits from playing sport,”  said Moncho Ferrer, citing the work of ASA.

 Furthermore, he added that Anantapur Sports Academy is planning initiatives to bring equal opportunities to both girls and boys after seeing a great response to the maiden ‘Jofre U9 Mixed Gender Football Cup'. This brought the young girls and boys of Anantapur together onto one platform and helped them participate and enjoy the sport together.

We at ASA believe that to see a positive change through sports, all stakeholders in their respective communities need to collectively encourage children and youth to engage. The field of sport for development and its impact is being gradually recognised by many stakeholders in India and as a result non-profits, government institutions and sport governing bodies are now getting involved than before and this conference was a result of that.

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Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:57

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