UK’s largest football league, Leisure Leagues, has announced on Monday (6 Dec), to launch 5,6 and 7-a-side football in Pakistan, from January next year. The announcement was made at a media launch at the British Deputy High Commission.
Leisure Leagues has been running leagues in; England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and America; for the past two and a half decades.
“In order to market leisure leagues in Pakistan a nationwide campaign for registration is planned with ATL and BTL support for players of all ages and genders,” said Tim Ollerenshaw. “It will not only involve schools and colleges but also professionals from different walks of life,” said Tim Ollerenshaw, Ambassador and Chief Legal Advisor for Leisure Leagues.
“Leisure Leagues is the oldest, small-sided league supplier in the UK and the largest network of leagues in Europe with thousands of teams playing at hundred of venues each week,” he said.
He further stated that the leagues would help players in Pakistan become international players, get scholarships in foreign varsities and employment abroad.
“Players will also get a chance to be trained by international coaches and play on thousands of football pitches in Pakistan,” he added.
British Deputy High Commissioner Belinda Lewis said; “Football, a tremendously popular sport in the UK, is also fast developing in Pakistan which is encouraging.”
“This league will provide a much-needed platform for young talent in Pakistan to come forward, acquire the skills necessary to play football at an international level,” she said.
Denmark-based Mohammad Ali said that leisure leagues would provide a platform to all talented football players of the country. “Teams like KRL, NBP and K-Electric would also get an opportunity to recruit players for national duty,” Ali said.
Also present at the media launch were former acting President Mian Mohammad Soomro, England-based midfielder Adnan Ahmed, Denmark-based striker Mohammad Ali, goalkeeper Yousuf Butt, Denmark-based Hassan Bashir, winger Mohammad Adil, US-based Kaleemullah and Pakistan Boxing Federation’s (PBF) president Doda Khan Bhutto.