New Delhi, January 29: After successful online registration of 2000 junior players who participated in the second edition of Golden League, Football Delhi on Tuesday (January 29) handed out the first smart card - the unique identification card for football players around Delhi, here in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
With the success of this initiative, Football Delhi became the first state football association to go digital with a database of its players.
The card was handed out to Mrinank Sharma, the U-11 player who was the first to register on FD Connect by Football Delhi in partnership with Athletic Drive. The identification card will make the players and coaches an integral part of the Delhi football fraternity as they would no longer be required to register separately for any upcoming trials and tournaments hosted by the state football federation.
"The smart card will help the players to easily participate in the Football Delhi events in the future. These players will not be required to present any documents in the near future to participate in the state-level tournaments. My thanks to Athletic Drive for coming forward to support our initiative in Delhi," said Shaji Prabhakaran.
"Referees will be encouraged by the support from Athletic Drive. The registration of the senior players will also begin shortly" he added.
Besides the junior players being brought into the ambit the referees were also provided with uniforms in partnership with Athletic Drive. Around 120 men and women referees will be the beneficiaries of this partnership.
"We are extremely glad to be partnering with Football Delhi for this unique initiative that will help us to make our contribution in the growth of football in the city' said, Dhiraj Jha, MD Athletic Drive.
The Athletic Drive is a brand for sportswear clothing with International quality and fair pricing.
Source: Media Release