“When I was a kid I used to kick everything. My father died long ago and my mother works as a maid in some nearby flats. I used to wake up at 3:30 AM and touch the ground by 4 AM for practice. I’m a striker and a national football player, I’ve played in Bhubaneswar, and been to Goa and Bengaluru through the Academy. I’m enjoying the World Cup. I’m a Lionel Messi fan, especially his dribbling. One day, I’ll wear the Indian colours.”
Social Worker Sylvester Peter, who started a football academy “My Angels Academy,” in the slums of West Delhi told “for these slum children, football is not just a way of releasing energy, but also reforming their way of living. These kids wake up before sunrise to go for practice.”
A lot of the children used to beg for a living before joining the academy. “Now, I can proudly say they have turned into confident and charming kids who are capable of helping others,” Peter said.
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