Bengaluru: Lavelle Women’s Football Club of Bengaluru finished runners-up in the Sports Paddock conducted Women’s TAL (The Amateur League) football tournament (second edition) to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Sixteen teams from across Karnataka came down to Bangalore Football Stadium for a fun-filled day of football bringing together an array of talents, friends and football enthusiasts.

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TAL used their platform to bring awareness to menstrual hygiene, an everyday subject of utmost importance in a women’s life that is shrouded in taboo. They partnered with WOW — World of Women, an NGO dedicated to educating and empowering women with the knowledge of menstrual hygiene and management in a society with low awareness and a lack of facilities to cater to a woman’s basic needs.

The president of the NGO, Nirmala Nayak spoke about the outreach programmes  that are conducted in various areas  and came along with ambassador Varsha Ashiya, came to cheer on the girls and share some words of wisdom creating a strong sense of community and acceptance amongst the women and men present.

On the field, 160 enthusiastic women came together to battle it out. Kickstart FC won the title against an equally impressive Lavelle Women’s FC taking the runners-up trophy in the A division after losing 0-5.

While the Lavelle Women’s FC did not take the cup home, they certainly were the highlight of the event. The team, an A division side from marginalised backgrounds in their climb to the top displayed a strong sense of spirit while knocking out professional teams until the final shot against Kickstart FC.

The semi-finalists were Sisters In Sweat and Belgaum United Football Club, who participated in the recently concluded Karnataka Women’s League. The other participants were Bangalore City FC, BTM FC, Mahi’s Girls FC, Christ University FC, Raman Sports Academy, Young Stars, Papa’s Princess and Pink Panthers FC.

Karnataka State Football Association’s (KSFC) endeavour to develop football across the state has largely helped several organisations to create a positive impact on the football community, both men and women.

NA Harris, president of KSFA, and general secretary of KSFA Satya Narayan, came to show support and highlight the progressive steps being taken to develop women’s football in India and shared with the players the glorious career options in football such as coaches – nutrition coaches, fitness coaches, defending and goalkeeping coaches and youth coaches as well as referees.

Core Physio, a leading sports physiotherapy company in India, ensured the medical needs were taken care of promptly and with great care.