From broken buckets to greater goals
The National Inclusion Cup gives underprivileged children and young adults a chance to play football seriously, and it also changes lives
Mumbai: In his little village, Oodlabarie in Assam, Hariskrishna loved to watch older kids playing football. Some of them even got to travel to tournaments around the country. He would dream of one day doing the same, but then reality would get in the way. His father was a tailor with a small clientele, and couldn’t afford to pay for the training he would need, or even the football gear. Harikrishna, like so many children born in humble circumstances, would often do part-time work to help pay the family bills; he would find employment as a snake catcher. Still, he played informal football whenever he could, enjoying himself thoroughly and hoping one day he’d make it big.