Qudsiya Altaf (23), a girl from Brein Nishat, Srinagar, persuing bachelors in interior designing from SSM College of Engineering and Technology Parihaspora Pattan Kashmir .She started football journey in the year 2007 and she was the only girl who used to come for football practices at Bakshi stadium.
Unfortunately she was not given coaching due to non participation of girls in this discipline. She then started football practice herself with her father at home, Qudsiya said.
Later she started practicing at women’s college M.A road under the coach, Mr Gulzar Ahmad. She was doing well, then some girls that were elder than her got her injured in a car accident who were practicing with her at that very time, but her passion for football never let her to give, so for sometime her practice was again stopped.
Later Ahmad Ishfaq, a well known footballer of Kashmir started giving her coaching for some period of time at bakshi stadium. She approached J&K Football association /Sports Council regarding football coaching which in turn assured her that they will inform her when more girls will come up in the said discipline, but unfortunately till date she didn’t got that call.
She has participated in state championships & got selected for nationals but unfortunately national team was dropped due to unrest in Kashmir valley. She was disappointed so many times then she went to NS-NIS Patiala for certificate course in football and then she came back not as a player but as a coach.
Presently she has been running her own football academy by the name “seven stars football academy” where she has been giving coaching to more than 55 boys and that too free of cost, besides she has been working with great personalities of our state such as Mr Mehraj u din wadoo and Mr sajid Yousef Dar who are serving as a coaches in state football academy Srinagar.
She has also completed all the courses in snow skiing & being a national player besides selected in Korean snow skiing.
(Courtesy: Jammu and Kashmir State Sports Council)