I have learnt that STAIRS is doing a great work in the development of sports in the country and SSFL is one of the biggest and the most promising talent spotting and training platforms in India. There is no dearth of talent, as was evident in today’s training session, I believe right guidance and coaching guidance and professional coaching at a young age can help in nurturing the talent that can potentially bring laurels to the country.
Dr. Jasper Wieck
(Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy New Delhi and Head of the Department for Economic and Global Affairs)
STAIRS is providing a golden opportunity to the young footballers in the country, and with the initiatives like STAIRS School Football, we will be able to take Indian football to great heights.
(Minister of State, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India)
We believe that without sports, the personality development of a child would be incomplete. Our association with SSFL will help providing a complete personality package to the children.
Shri Ashok Chaturvedi
(Chairman and Managing Director Uflex Ltd)
Our efforts are focused at fulfilling children's universal right to play; create opportunities for them to showcase their sporting talent and also nourish and nature the promising players.
(Founder and Secretary General- STAIRS & Sports Authority of India (SAI) Member- Governing Council)
I have not seen this kind of thing in Sri Lanka. It is a good thing that apart from cricket, other sports are also getting importance and India is bringing other sports to a higher level.
With these initiatives, India’s participation is guaranteed in the World Cup-if not in 2018, then definitely the next.
His Excellency Michael Steiner
German Ambassador to India
The movement that team Stairs has started is appreciable. It is engaging hundreds of young children and is positively channelizing their energy. At the same time, it has also become a platform for young footballers to showcase their talent.
Shri Bhim Sain Bassi
Ex Commissioner of Police, Delhi
It's a great initiative by Stairs. I am overwhelmed to see such great participation. We promise all possible support to this initiative.
Shri Ajit M Sharan
(Former Secretary (Sports), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India)
We are going to change the life of children who are talented and can show their worth while playing in SSFL. We’ll leave no stone unturned to nurture a promising footballer from this league.
Director, Uflex, New York
Initiative like these can change the fate of football in our country. I feel more corporate should come forward and support this initiative.
Shri RK Jain
Group President (Corp. F & A), Uflex Ltd
I wish there were initiatives like these in our days. Trust the structure and the organization to help you do your best and come out with flying colors.
Deputy Director of Education
STAIRS is doing appreciable work and its engagement with so many children at the grassroots is commendable. I believe these children will bring glory to the country and grow up to be responsible citizens.
Mr. Rajiv Yadav
Secretary, Sports , Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs .Government of India
I am glad to see so many youngsters from my constituency getting an opportunity to exercise their right to play and a chance for budding footballers to showcase their talent. I wish the programme will scale and engage more children in future.
Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi
Member of Parliament,Lok Shabha
We had a great engagement with SSFL players and coaches at the joint training camp. I am impressed with the grassroots football talent in India and look forward to having such camps and larger association with STAIRS in future.
The German Football Associations (DFB), Director for Coaching and International Relations
Lalit Kumar’s father is an auto rickshaw driver. The 24-year-old has been a part of the Indian Sepak Takraw since 2009. He comes from an economically backward family. The family of 6 has a monthly income of around Rs 10,000. Lalit is currently unemployed.
Sandeep Kumar is son of an auto rickshaw driver. The 24-year-old has been representing India in Sepak Takraw since 2009. He comes from an economically backward family. The family of 3 has a monthly income of Rs 8,000-10,000. He is currently unemployed.
Dheeraj Kumar is son of an auto rickshaw driver. The 24-year-old has been representing India in Sepak Takraw since 2009. He comes from an economically backward family. The family of 4 has a monthly income of just over Rs 8,000. Dheeraj is currently unemployed.
Rohan Kumar is son of taxi driver. The14-year-old has been representing Delhi in Sepak Takraw since 2011. He comes from an economically backward family. The family of 5 has a monthly income of Rs 8,000-10,000. He is studying in 9th class in a government school.