What role can excelling in a sport play in the life of young girls?
A group of students from the YUWA school in Ranchi offer compelling answers.
The girls, who hail from a village near Ranchi, are part of a programme by the NGO YUWA, powered by Lenovo and backed by Ranbir Kapoor, that has helped change their lives, by giving them coaching in football.
The girls are now on their way to Spain to participate in a tournament, and their story is being told in a web series called 'Girls with Goals'.
We came across this video that explains their journey. It begins with a horde of photographers following Ranbir Kapoor, asking him where he's headed -- for a film shoot or a screening. Ranbir replies in the negative, before we find out where he's actually going: To meet the girls from YUWA.
The girls are excited to meet the actor, but Ranbir tells them, that in this case, it is he who is their fan.
As the young players exchange their stories with Ranbir, they tell him about life in their village, of the need for a new school, of finding time to play in spite of their many chores, of the change YUWA has made in their lives, and their hopes that their tour of Spain will make more girls eager to join them in the future.
"If we win in Spain, there will be other girls, joining YUWA," says Chanda Kumary, a player and an assistant coach to the girls.
The girls talk about how doing well on the football field has given them greater confidence off the turf as well. They also ask Ranbir if he'll be joining them in Spain, to support their endeavour.
So what does Ranbir say?
Watch this inspiring video:
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Updated Date: Jul 02, 2016 20:03:21 IST