Australia repeats its ASOP grant to PFF for youth football development in Pakistan

Islamabad-Pakistan, March 28, 2012: The Australian Government has again allocated the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) a grant of Rs. 1.5 million or 17, 000 Australian Dollar as part of its Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP).

According to the press release issued here by PFF, this announcement was made by Deputy High Commissioner Paul Molley at a joint press conference with Lt. Col. ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi, TI (M) , General Secretary PFF, at Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad today. It is second year in a row that Australia has provided a sport grant to the PFF.

Mr. Paul Molley during the press briefing said that the funding will go towards the PFF‘s skill development projects in schools in both Karachi and Islamabad, as well as upgrade football fields in both areas. The projects being funded will have a strong focus on promoting youth participation in football. I am particularly pleased that one of the PFF’s projects will focus entirely on bringing youth girls in football.

General Secretary PFF during his address thanked the Australian Government especially Australian Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Paul Molley for their interest in the development of football at youth level in Pakistan. Deputy High Commissioner particularly mentioned the hard work done by the project coordinator Mr. Shahid Khokar of PFF.

The purpose of ASOP program is to complement larger community development schemes, especially for youth and women worldwide through sport and physical activity. The ASOP is funded by AusAID and managed by Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

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