Seva Project Locations:
Minneapolis, Minnesota

City: Allahabad
Country: India
Dates: Summer 2008 - present

Background: Allahabad is a city of just over one million people, in the northeastern state of Uttar Pradesh. Girls of all ages have an interest in football, but very few are able to play. Most do not have the resources to buy basic equipment such as cleats or a ball. The city's only public football field is in poor condition due to lack of maintenance. For the past several years, a state-level girls high school team has been practicing on the field, with coaching from local residents. Unfortunately, no football program exists for high schoolers who cannot make the state team, or for younger girls. Meanwhile, the city's schools have insufficient resources to support athletic programs.

Activities: In the summer of 2008, Seva Football collaborated with the Crosthwaite Girls School in Allahabad to start a daily after-school football program for girls. We distributed cleats, shinguards, socks and jerseys to several dozen players. Volunteers from our organization coached for several weeks; we also recruited local residents to continue coaching the players, and supplied them with several tools including coaching manuals and cones. Our program now sponsors more than 70 players between grades three and eleven. Currently we are building a field on the school grounds where both students of the school and area teams will be able to play. We are very grateful for the donations from members of the Edina U12 Sting girls' football team, as well as students at Creek Valley Elementary School, Valley View Middle School and Edina High School, in Edina, Minnesota (United States).

Goals: In the near future, we hope to finish building the field, recruit more players and start a city-wide House League that plays regular matches.

How you can help: Our primary need is equipment, especially cleats. We also seek funding that will enable us to build the field and procure equipment. Please visit our support page to learn more about how to support our efforts, or contact us if you have more questions.