VALLEY ONLINE – WE MEAN TRUTH
By || Nasir Khan
SRINAGAR: Qudsiya Altaf (23) years old is a girl from Brein Nishat in central Kashmir’s Srinagar district perusing bachelors in interior designing from SSM college of engineering and technology Parihaspora Pattan Kashmir .
She started football Journey in the year 2007, at that time she was the only girl who used to come for football practice at bakshi stadium but unfortunately she was not given coaching due to non availability of girls in this discipline then she started football practice herself with her father at home a close friend of Qudsiya told Valley Online.
Later she started practicing at women’s college MA road under the coaching of Mr Gulzar Ahmad.
She was doing well unfortunately one day she was injured in a car accident with few other girls 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.
“I approached J&K football association several times regarding coaching and once they assured me that they will inform me when more girls will register and a group will be formed but unfortunately till date I haven’t received that call” She said.
“I participated in state Championships and got selected for nationals but unfortunately national team was dropped due to unrest in Kashmir valley” Qudsiya told Valley Online Correspondent.
She was disappointed so many times then she went to NSNIS Patiala for certificate course in football then after 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 free of cost besides that she has been working with great personalities of our state such as Mr Mehraj-Ud-din Wadoo and Mr sajid Yousef Dar who are serving as a coaches in state football academy Srinagar.
Besides Football Qudsiya has also completed different courses in Snow Skiing and have played Nationals where she was selected for Korean Snow Skiing.