35 aspiring female footballers
35 aspiring female footballers from the remote area of Chitral seeking professional training have come to Islamabad under the supervision of Chitral Women Sports Club (CWSC). The camp consisting of seven days have been organized by the founder of CWSC, Karishma Ali. Ali shares that CWSC was formed two years ago and this week-long camp has been funded by the club. Owing to her contributions regarding changing the dynamics for female footballers, Ali has received recognition all around the world.
According to the twenty-three-year-old founder of CWSC, these 35 female footballers have been brought to Islamabad to develop and enhance their skills as a football player. During training, they will get a chance to learn various aspects as well as the different tips and tricks of the game under the supervision of professional coaches. The participants of the camp are 8 to 16 years of age. Ali states that the female footballers of her team usually begin their day by watching videos of football matches between top women teams playing at international level.
Ali expressed that there is a dire need to change our perspective regarding ‘sportspersons’. She believes that if people start treating athletes with respect, these young and talented individuals can be encouraged to select sports as a full-time profession. She further added that we are playing our part by trying to provide our female football players with good and learning environment which can help them develop skills and boost confidence as well.