A football academy christened Activate Football Academy was inaugurated on Sunday in Kangpokpi district. It was established with the help of the Noney Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of Headquarters 22 Sector Assam Rifles and Inspector General Assam Rifles (East).
The football academy, initiated by Thangsei Haokip, Principal of Tongsat Memorial Junior High School, L Hengjol village, was inaugurated at the Tongsat Memorial Junior High School playground.
The event was attended by Maj. Lav Prakash, K. Budhachandra, and Thangsei Haokip as the dignitaries on the dais apart from AMFA representatives Ravi Chandra and Seilen, representatives from the district sports authority, village chief of L. Tangnomphai, Khoken, L. Hengjol, S. Sehjang, Tintong Laijang, etc. and representatives of various civil society organizations of the area.
Appreciating the continuous efforts of Thangsei Haokip in promoting sports among the youth of the region, Kotlen Company of Noney Battalion of the Assam Rifles extended full support when he presented the idea of setting up the football academy for children and youth of the area.
The Activate Football Academy could be inaugurated owing to the tireless effort of its founder Thangsei Haokip, Chairman of the Academy, Thangboi Haokip, the motivated team of teachers, and the support of the Assam Rifles.
In support of the laudable initiative, the Assam Rifles also provided sports gear to the students to begin their journey in the field of sports.
While understanding the importance of sports for a healthy well-being and constructive entertainment, children, youth, parents, and other local villagers enthusiastically participated in the inaugural ceremony of the football academy.
Founder of the Activate Football Academy, Thangsei Haokip, who is also the Principal of Tongsat Memorial Junior High School and chief of various villages, conveyed appreciation and gratitude to the Assam Rifles for their unceasing support in setting up the football academy and the huge contribution towards the inaugural ceremony.
While welcoming the commendable initiative of opening the football academy, the Assam Rifles also lauded the collective efforts of all in setting an example with limited resources and unlimited hard work with motivation.
Appreciation, presentation, and cultural display by Tongsat Memorial Junior High School students were the main highlights of the event while Ngangai Kipgen and Lhingneo Tuboi enthralled the crowd with their melodious voices during the function.