In a bid to use football as a tool to encourage social change, Delhi-based NGO TheFootballLink Trust organised the Mohalla Football Festival 2013 from October 9 to November 1. The matches, organised in collaboration with Delhi Police, were held at the Ambedkar Stadium and Delhi Armed Police Grounds, Vikaspuri.
The tournament ended on Friday as Nick Gates and Nora Dooley from Coaches across Continents conducted a session on 'Child Development techniques through sports'. More than 60 Delhi Police mentors and football coaches in the capital took part in the session.
On October 31, football teams representing Child and Youth Development Programme centers, surrounding slums and partner NGOs participated in Under-12, Under-15 and Under-19 categories. The winners of the Under-19, Under-15 and Under-12 categories were Magic Bus NGO, TheFootballLink-Vikaspuri Police Center and My Angels Academy, respectively.
The festival was one of a kind and was supported by Delhi Soccer Association, One World Futbol, Coaches Across Continents, Slum Soccer India, Special Olympics Bharat, FICCI, Football Players Association of India, Wockhardt Foundation, Magic Bus, Save the Children, Salaam Balak Trust, Literacy India, Udayan Care, My Angels Academy and Swechha. Over 500 underprivileged children took part in the programme.
At the awards ceremony, the individual and team awards were handed out by the Advisory panel members of TheFootballLink Trust, Neeraj Kumar (Former Commissioner of Police, Delhi), Air Marshall Denzil Keelor (Retd.), Squardron Leader SS Hakim, Novy Kapadia and Biraja Misra.