Dear Colleague,
Please find attached and appended a report on Kicking away stereotypes through 
Mission XI Million- tribal girls from Khunti, Ranchi.

Football is reaching the far corners of the country courtesy the legacy 
programme of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Mission XI Million. As the 
beautiful game does so often, it is also changing lives in India. One place 
which has been smitten by the beautiful game is a small tribal district called 
Khunti, near Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi.

For any queries regarding the same, please contact Media Manager for the LOC, 
Aniket Mishra (9911885829 | 
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Shreya Pandey
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Kicking away stereotypes through Mission XI Million- tribal girls from Khunti, 
Ranchi
“I like football very much. And I also love to score goals,” Nandi Nag a high 
school student from Miss Barker Memorial Girls’ High School said.
Football is reaching the far corners of the country courtesy the legacy 
programme of FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Mission XI Million. As the 
beautiful game does so often, it is also changing lives in India. One place 
which has been smitten by the beautiful game is a small tribal district called 
Khunti, near Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi.
An all-girls school, Miss Barker Memorial Girls’ High School, from the village 
was among the many schools that participated in a Mission XI Million festival 
that was held in Ranchi a few weeks back. That was the first introduction of 
many to the game of football and they absolutely fell in love with it. However, 
their fascination with the game didn’t end with the festival.
The girls went back to their village and determined to enjoy the game more, did 
the unthinkable. With some encouragement from the school administrators, they 
went ahead and created a football field for themselves. They now get to enjoy 
the game regularly.
The Principal of the only girls’ school in the district, seeing the recent 
surge in the interest in football among her students, explains how easy it is 
it develop love for the beautiful game. Underlining the role of MXIM in the 
transformation, Mrs. P Tigga said, “Before this, no one had asked us before 
whether our kids are interested in playing or not. But this is a nice 
opportunity that we got”.
Since then, there has been no looking back for the spirited young girls from 
the village who are thoroughly enjoying the game in their makeshift football 
ground on a regular basis.
Commenting on the growing love for football in previously unimagined places, 
Project Director of LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Joy Bhattacharjya 
said, “We had a vision in mind of taking football to every corner of the 
country. But the way these girls have taken that dream forward is amazing and 
inspirational ".
Mission XI Million has already reached more than seven million children till 
now and hopes to take the beautiful game to eleven million children before the 
FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 begins in October.



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