Kohima: In a first-of-its-kind move, the Department of Youth Resources and Sports organised a Grassroot Football Festival titled ‘Baby League’on May 14 at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Kohima.

The initiative by the department is aimed at nurturing young sporting talents of the state.

According to the department, the baby league witnessed a participation of 120 children, including 85 boys and 35 girls, from the age group of Under-12. The children were mentored by three state football coaches of the department.

The participating teams were divided into different categories such as U-12, U-10, and U-6 age groups.

Dovo Chase, Deputy Director of Youth Resources and Sports, said that the festival was initiated to groom professional footballers and also to nurture young talents.

He said the festival aims to grow a new generation of players and provide a platform for the children to enjoy the game of football on the astro-turf pitch.

He also informed us that the second phase of the festival would also be organised in the coming months.

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