Vedanta Women's Football League prodigy Karishma Shirvoikar selected by Spain based clubs Palamos CF
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
Karishma Shirvoikar, who was Vedanta Women's Football League top scorer and a Sesa Football Academy's find was acknowledged by Palamos FC for a training stint in Spain. Outstanding performance in two seasons of the Vedanta Women’s Football League (VWFL) earned Karishma Shirvoikar a good recognition in the Goan footballing fraternity. Vedanta CSR initiative Sesa Football Academy team identified an opportunity in Spain and decided to promote her by awarding a scholarship to this budding young talent.
Karishma Shirvoikar’s happiness knew no bounds when Spanish Club Palamos CF noticed her talent and offered her a training stint with them. To add to her excitement, the club also promised to arrange for a trial for the 18-year-old with another outfit CD Fontsanta Fatjo, a professional women’s team which currently plays in the third division.
Earlier, Karishma had made the news when she scored the fastest goal - inside 15 seconds - at the Junior Nationals and had also represented the country at the U-17 BRICS Cup in South Africa.
For a girl coming from a small sea-side village of Odxel, this came as a golden opportunity to make it large. “I never imagined I would get such an opportunity but, this is the best way forward and a very big moment for me. Playing with a foreign club will only improve my game and make me stronger,” added Karishma.
Addressing the viewpoint of the league, the President of Sesa Football Academy (SFA), Mr. Annanya Agarwal, stated, “Vedanta Women’s Football League provides a platform for women to display their talent and enhance their skills. Karishma can inspire so many other girls in the country. She has already opened a window of opportunity by setting an example. I would like to wish Karishma all the very best for her future endeavors."
Adding to his stance, Mr. Sauvick Mazumdar, CEO of Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore business said, "I am happy to share with you that Vedanta Women's Football League prodigy Karishma Shirvoikar has been selected by Spain based clubs Palamos CF and Fontsanta Fatjo for a training and trial stint in Spain. It is a great opportunity for Karishma and we are extremely happy to be a part of her footballing journey. A CSR initiative of Vedanta, Sesa Football Academy has been contributing towards Indian football for 20 years now and we are committed more than ever to promote grassroots and women's football. We started the Vedanta Women's Football League two years ago and it is a proud moment that Karishma, who was the top scorer of both editions of the league, is getting an opportunity to showcase her football prowess in countries like Spain. We wish all the very best to Karishma on her assignment."