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Consortium for Street Children scouts for the "Soccer Baalak"

 
Post Date : April 04,2009


· Kicks off “DSC Soccer Baalak Ki Khoj” - a first ever initiative of its kind

· Vikas Dhorasoo, the international French football player to lead the team of talented street kids

The DSC Soccer Baalak Ki Khoj, a soccer talent search initiative for underprivileged children at the grassroots level, was kicked off today with much enthusiasm. An exhibition match was organized by the Consortium of Street Children at the St Columba’s School, New Delhi. The French Ambassador to India H.E. Jerome Bonnafont officially inaugurated the exhibition football match. The kick off event saw the legendary French football player Vikash Dhorasoo leading a team of street children against another team of talented street children led by well-known Indian player Renedy Singh. 

The event is presented by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the renowned international member-based network, an umbrella organization that works with organizations like the UNICEF and which is dedicated to advocating, promoting and campaigning for the rights of street children globally. The Consortium aims to bring together the various NGOs in India working for the welfare of street children by coordinating and empowering their efforts. Sponsored by DSC Ltd, one of the leading infrastructure development companies in the country, the event provides an opportunity for the children to be a part of this spectacular initiative and also helps build and promote a common platform for all NGOs working towards a common cause for street children.  

The event will also facilitate the search for a talented young football player, the ‘DSC Soccer Baalak’ who will then be further sponsored for education, as well as training and exposure to professional football. It is for this cause that Vikash Dhorasoo, the legendary football player, has accepted to become Ambassador for the Consortium for Street Children. Vikash who would be leading the streetchildren’s effort at the event has represented his country 18 times and is the only player of Indian origin to have played in a FIFA World Cup. During his glittering career Vikash was twice voted the Best Player in the French Championship in 1998 and 2004.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Surina Narula, President- “Consortium for Street Children” said, “The Consortium for Street Children has always helped to deliver efficient and responsive programs that help build global communities in which the rights of street children are promoted and protected. We wish to initiate such a community in India also, where the NGOs can work towards a common goal of nurturing and providing opportunities for the underprivileged children for a better tomorrow.” 

“In India, football has still not emerged as a strong sport and we feel that this initiative has the potential to promote aspiring soccer talent and providing them with a platform to succeed. We are confident that the DSC Soccer Baalak Ki Khoj will go a long way in popularizing football at the grassroots level in India.” 

Speaking at the event Vikash Dhorasoo remarked, “I am very happy that DSC Ltd has invited me to be part of this unique initiative – DSC Soccer Baalak Ki Khoj. This event is not just about football, it is about giving under privileged children an opportunity to ‘believe in their dreams’, by enabling them to be a part of a unique experience. I hope to have more football enthusiasts in India as a result of this initiative and I applaud CSC’s commitment to promoting soccer talent at the grassroots level. It is football with a conscience”

The participating NGOs included Salaam Baalak Trust, Butterflies, Udayan Care, Don Bosco, Khushi, Bal Sahyog etc. The main sponsors DSC Ltd., who have previously sponsored other such social causes, have committed themselves to supporting a talented boy for training and exposure which would not have been possible otherwise.

Sponsors: The main sponsor for the event was DSC Ltd, one of the leading infrastructure development companies in India. Salaam Baalak Trust were the event organizers who put the event together on the ground. Special thanks to Le Havre Atheletic Club, Vikash Dhorasoo’s original club in Normandy who sponsored the football kits. Indian Roots Travel Ltd were the hospitality sponsor and helped bring the children and the players together and online support came from indianfootball.com who were the online partners for the event.

About The Consortium for Street Children:

Established in 1993, The Consortium for Street Children (UK) (CSC) consists of 59 UK based organisations, working in 89 countries, dedicated to the welfare and rights of street living and working children and children at risk of taking to street life. Their member agencies support the work of projects in Latin America, Asia and Africa and increasingly in parts of Eastern Europe. They are the only worldwide network that works collectively to help street children on a global scale.

Its aims are to: improve the quality and stability of projects to serve street children and prevent further generations of children from being forced to live and work on the street. By acting together as a group, CSC is determined to achieve improvements for street children with a collective strength, reaching wider audiences with a greater voice.

They especially dedicate their efforts to strengthening emerging civil society, state and market partnerships that respond to the needs of marginalised communities, such as urban slums where many street children live.



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