January 2019 News
'Real Kashmir Football Club' Gets Rs 2 Crore Annual Grant14 January 2019
Jammu: The State Administrative Council which met here Monday under the chairmanship of governor Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the grant of Rs two crore as financial assistance to the 'Real Kashmir Football Club' annually for a period of three years. An official spokesman said that within two years of its formation, the team has 'performed exceptionally well at the national level including the National Football League, where the Club successfully defeated or drew with top teams including MohunBagan, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Churchill Brothers and FC Goa'. 'Through its prolific performance, Real Kashmir has been gaining popularity among the youth of the state. In matches played in Kashmir Valley, more than 25000 people were in attendance to cheer for their favourite football teams,' the spokesman said. 'However, presently the Real Kashmir Football Club is financially not in a position to meet the expenditure on players including expenses on training, travelling, boarding and lodging. Taking note of financial constraints of the Club, its future prospects and to bring more and more youth in its fold, the SAC approved grant of assured financial assistance for a period three years to the Club, beginning 2018-19,' the spokesman said. The SAC further directed the department of youth services and sports to formulate a proposal in consultation with the finance department for providing grant to sports teams of Jammu and Kashmir which qualify for top-level national leagues in Cricket, Hockey, Kabaddi and Badminton.