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Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) has selected twenty-seven young and talented footballers from Uflex Stairs School Football League (SSFL)-Gujarat for the Gujarat State team. The selected players will represent the state football team in the forthcoming Junior National Championship. Season 3 of Uflex Stairs School Football League (SSFL) Gujarat - in association with GSFA concluded with the selection of these 27 football players amid loud cheer and excitement at the Sports Authority of India Complex, Gandhinagar, today. Conceptualised to identify football talent at early adolescence so that India could get some of the best footballers, SSFL-Gujarat is joined by Uflex, India’s largest flexible packaging company, under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy.
 
The mega sports event Uflex SSFL-3 saw more than 30,000 school-level footballers from Delhi & Gujarat participating in the tournament. The Championship witnessed avid participation from teams of under 14 boys, under 17 boys and girls’ teams in U-14 and U-17 categories.
 
Sh. C V Som, Principal Secretary to Government of Gujarat and MD, GSCSC Ltd., who presided over the occasion as the chief guest appreciated the joint effort by SSFL GSFA and wished luck to the selected players. The closing event was followed by a prize distribution ceremony, during which trophies, medals and certificates were given to the winning team and players for showing exemplary performance. Overall, four winning teams – one each from Under 14 Girls, Under 14 Boys, Under 17 Girls, Under 17 Boys lifted the majestic gold plated Champions Trophy while the runners-up received the Grand Silver Trophy.
 
Congratulating the selected players, Sh. Gulab Chauhan, Secretary, GSFA, said, “We are excited to see that in a short span SSFL in Gujarat has created enormous scouting opportunities at grassroots. Before SSFL, there has been no professionally managed platform of such a scale in the state for young footballers to showcase their talent. Thanks to the SSFL format, we have witnessed development of football in the state. It is for the first time in the history of Gujarat state football that all the semi-finalists were at par on the points table and it was difficult to choose the winner. Also, in this season of SSFL, we witnessed an exemplary performance from two districts that were not in the reckoning in the earlier seasons. The mission of SSFL is completely in sync with the objective of GSFA which is to build football culture, create multiple opportunities for footballers and introduce sustainable and scalable programmes that can position Gujarat as a sporting state.”
 
Congratulating the players on the selection, Mr Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, STAIRS, said, “I congratulate the players who have been selected to the Gujarat State Team and will represent the state at the national level. It is indeed a proud moment for us to see our program SSFL, having increased in scale in such a short span of time. I thank GSFA for facilitating SSFL in Gujarat and hope this will inspire a lot more young talent to come forward and be a part of this program in years to come. It is just the beginning of identifying real talent at the grassroots and giving them an opportunity to play at the national level.”
 
Following is the list of players selected to represent Gujarat State team for the forthcoming Junior National Championship.
 
S. No. Name of Player Position District
1 Mr. PARTH KATARMAL GOALKEEPER GANDHINAGAR
2 Mr. PREET PATEL GOALKEEPER AHMEDABAD
3 Mr. NITISH R. SINGH DEFENCE VALSAD
4 Mr. SAURABH MAHESHWARI DEFENCE BHAVNAGAR
5 Mr. DARREN JOB DEFENCE AHMEDABAD
6 Mr. PRITESH SHETTY DEFENCE BARODA
7 Mr. ISHANT DEFENCE BARODA
8 Mr. MUKESH BHILL DEFENCE BANASKANTHA
9 Mr. TARAK GODHARI MID-FIELDER BHAVNAGAR
10 Mr. MAYANK CHAUHAN MID-FIELDER AHMEDABAD
11 Mr. ROMIL SHAH MID-FIELDER RAJKOT
12 Mr. SHAURABH SALUNKE MID-FIELDER VALSAD
13 Mr. KEVAL PATEL FORWARD SURAT
14 Mr. MEHUL VAGHELA FORWARD MEHSANA
15 Mr. ROHIT FARIYAL FORWARD BARODA
16 Mr. RAHUL PARMAR FORWARD BHAVNAGAR
17 Mr.  AYAN SHAIKH FORWARD AHMEDABAD
18 Mr. ASHISH BISHT FORWARD GANDHINAGAR
19 Mr. SUJAN THAPA FORWARD KUTCH
20 Mr. PRATIK SWAMI FORWARD VALSAD
 
 
STAND BY
S. No. Name of Player Position District
1 Mr. AVI JOSHI GOALKEEPER RAJKOT
2 Mr. ZUBER JINWALA DEFENCE BARODA
3 Mr. CHRIS DIAS DEFENCE AHMEDABAD
4 Mr. ANKIT THAKUR MID-FIELDER BHAVNAGAR
5 Mr. MUSA SAIYED DEFENCE BANASKANTHA
6 Mr. PRINCE SINGH FORWARD BHARUCH
7 Mr. KSHITIJ GOHEL FORWARD BHAVNAGAR
 
Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS) and Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) have entered into an agreement to jointly develop the football culture across the state. The organizations have been conducting the STAIRS School Football League (SSFL) together in the state. The objective of the association is to create opportunities for budding players at the grassroots and complement the developing sporting culture in the state of Gujarat.

About GSFA
  
The Gujarat State Football Association (GSFA) is the governing body for football in the state of Gujarat. The Association is one of the 36 Indian State Football Associations that are affiliated to the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
 
About STAIRS
 
Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS) 
 
STAIRS is a not-for-profit organization working towards sports, education, and health and skill development of children across India.

The organization is driven by the mission to facilitate the process of creating an enabling environment for children to exercise their 'right to play' and create a support system to elevate them. Its vision is to guide youth for their holistic development by channelizing their energy towards meaningful activities, thus bringing about a positive and constructive thinking that results in prosperity.
 
STAIRS programmes include training camps, tournaments and championships, thus providing a platform to these children to hone their skills and showcase their talent. STAIRS taps in to the potential talent and provides opportunity to climb up the stairs of social empowerment and shape character by inculcating a sense of belongingness in the society. Some of the STAIRS beneficiaries are currently playing at the national and international circuits and earn laurels for the country. 
 
STAIRS is currently the largest organization that ensures youth development through sports. With focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) through sports, over 200,000 children play  without having to spend a penny – 'every day'  at 400 STAIRS Training Centres in over 4,000 villages across 7 states in India. Over 2,000,000 lives have already been touched and changed through STAIRS’ interventions and the organization is steadily scaling and increasing its reach with an aim to touch one billion lives by 2020.
 
* More about STAIRS: http://www.stairs.org.in/
 
*About STAIRS School Football League (SSFL), the world’s largest football talent scouting and training programme: http://ssfl.in/
 
*STAIRS is the 'Best NGO for Promoting Sports in India' as adjudged by FICCI India Sports Award 2015.
 
*STAIRS is also a part of the Steering Committee under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India, for FIFA U-17 World Cup, BRICS U-17 Tournament; Mission XI Million Programme and Pilot Programme of Subroto Mukerjee Sports Education Society.  Hence, the facilities shared with them will complement the efforts of the ministry towards development of grassroots sports in the country.
Source: STAIRS