Individual Success Stories

YFC’s focus area is “Development through Sports” and the sport which YFC uses as a catalyst for bringing about change is Soccer. In its endeavours, YFC has tasted success through its trainees past and present. YFC’s trainees have represented India, Punjab, district, schools, colleges, universities and various professional clubs.

• More than 100 trainees have represented Punjab at National level in various categories;
• 15 trainees have represented India in various age groups including senior national team;
• More than 500 trainees have played for district, school, colleges and university teams;
• Around 15 have been placed with different professional teams including I league clubs.


ANWAR ALI

Anwar was 10-11 years old when he first set foot in the YFC Academy. Little did anybody know that this young lad from a modest family of Rurka Kalan would become one of the biggest stars to emerge from Punjab at the National football scene. Anwar from the very beginning showed a gift for plying the beautiful game. Anwar got all the support from YFC like training, diet, kit and exposure to different levels of soccer being played in the region and at the national level. This helped in honing his talent and got him contracts with some of the more famous and legendary clubs of India.

Anwar like most players started playing for the district team but graduated very quickly to play for U- 16 team representing Punjab in the nationals. After that there was no looking back for Anwar and he was inducted in the Punjab Police. After that he played for the JCT’s professional team. From there he got a contract to play for Dempo (2011) where he became the costliest defender to play for a club getting an unprecedented Rs. 1 crore for a 15 month contract.

Anwar also played for India and has 35 caps to his credit. He was part of the Indian national team that won Nehru Cup in the year 2010. He also has the distinction to be part of the team which qualified for the Asia Cup. Presently, he plays for Sikkim United an I League club.

Whenever, he gets time from his busy schedule, Anwar comes and trains with the trainees at the YFC academy. He also interacts with the trainees and shares his life experiences with them and encourages them to work hard to achieve their potential as players and as good human beings. Anwar is a true youth icon and an inspiration for children and youngsters. His success, humility and the values that he represents are a source of pride for everybody at YFC.

Anwar also regularly donates quite handsomely to YFC’s cause.


PREM KUMAR

Born in village Jagatpur, Punjab to a family of a daily wager, Prem has four siblings and it seemed that he had all the odds stacked against him. But Prem had one thing going for him i.e. his natural flair and raw talent for playing football. He came to the notice of YFC scouting team in the year 2004 when he was just 12 years of age. He was brought to Rurka Kalan, however, as at that time hostel for

children had not come up there, so the Founder of YFC, Gurmangal took him to his home where he stayed for two years and then shifted to the hostel built in the year 2006.

YFC recognising his talent took care of his boarding, lodging, diet, training and education and Prem also proved up to it. He played for Punjab in School Nationals (U-14). After that he represented India in Asia Cup in the U-16 and was also a part of the U-19 India Team. In the year 2011, Prem turned professional and got a contract to play for J&K Bank team, where he is presently placed.

Prem regularly comes to YFC centre and interacts with young children and is a proud ambassador for YFC.


AMRIT PAL SINGH

Hailing from Wajidke village of border district of Gurdaspur (Punjab) and born to a humble family with a very small landholding, Amritpal had a very difficult childhood as money was never easy to come by. However, Amrit never his circumstances bog him down or come in the way of his ambition. He was supported in his efforts by YFC, which he joined as a residential trainee in the year 2006. All the expenses for Amrit’s stay, diet, training and education was taken care of by YFC.

Amrit represented Punjab in U-14, 16 and 19 in nationals. He was also selected for Indian National team camp in the U-19 category. Presently, Amrit is playing for Churchill Brothers, Goa an I League club. Amrit is also, like many others, an inspiration for all the children associated with YFC programs and is an example for other children that if they work hard and keep their eye on the goal they want to achieve then no amount of adverse circumstances can stop them from achieving it.


SUKHWINDER KUMAR

Sukhwinder’s story is a story of triumph of indomitable spirit over adverse circumstances. It also represents the philosophy of YFC that children, even if coming from difficult circumstances in life, can by support; encouragement and right direction achieve whatever they aim to achieve.

Sukhwinder comes from a very humble family of Rurka Kalan. He lost his father when he was just one year old in a terrorist attack. He was brought to the YFC fold when he was just ten and was provided with meals, training, kit and an opportunity to continue his education. He was later on selected for a spot with Chandigarh Football Academy, where he stayed for 4-5 years. During his stint with CFA, he represented India in U-17 category in Portugal. He came back to YFC in the year 2007 where he was supported and sponsored for further education and professional coaching diploma. Sukhwinder now works with Barcelona Soccer Schools (Conscient Football) in New Delhi as a coach.

Sukhwinder is a source of inspiration for children and youth of the area. He is a proud part of the YFC legacy.



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