Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interactes with young football enthusiasts from OSCAR Foundation in Mumbai
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Industry Watch | February 12, 2024 | News
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer OSCAR Foundation
Norwegian football icon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interacted with young football prodigies from OSCAR Foundation and shared inspiring insights during his maiden India tour visit, hosted by Tilak Gaurang Shah, founder of Ace of Pubs, at the ITC Grand Central in Mumbai on February 10.
The Manchester United legend spent time with a group of 12 underprivileged and promising football players, including specially-abled players and girls from the Mumbai-based Foundation, who have empowered over 15,000 children and youth in low-income communities in India through their Football, Education, and Young Leader programs.
Encouraging the kids to have fun while playing the game, Solskjaer expressed, “When you play football you should always enjoy yourself. Have fun, practice all the time, and always play with a smile on your face. If you miss a chance, if you concede a goal it doesn’t matter. It is only football.”
In addition, Ole also stressed the importance of prioritizing education alongside football. “I spent most of my time on football and school, I always did my homework before I went out to play,” he told his young fans.
The three-day tour of Solskjaer also features an auction of exclusive football memorabilia, sourced meticulously by Tilak, whose proceeds will be donated to the OSCAR Foundation, ensuring that their budding players receive the necessary support to follow their dreams.
Tilak Gaurang Shah, founder of Ace of Pubs said, “It was heartwarming to witness the smiles that Solskjaer brought on the faces of these young football talents. We are delighted to have been able to facilitate these meaningful interactions with OSCAR Foundation who have been making a real impact on the lives of thousands of kids through football and education. His (Solskjaer’s) advice will play a pivotal role in the kids embracing football with a strong mindset.”
OSCAR Foundation, which is the event’s official community partner, is a community-based Sports for Development (S4D) organization that uses the power of football to encourage children to stay in school and equips them with skills to be resilient and future-ready.
Ashok Rathod, Founder and CEO, OSCAR Foundation said, “Everyone at Oscar Foundation is thrilled to have got the opportunity to meet the footballing great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His interaction with our young football talents was truly inspiring and will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on their lives. We deeply appreciate the support of Tilak and Ace of Pubs in making the dreams of our kids come true.”
The Manchester United legend spent time with a group of 12 underprivileged and promising football players, including specially-abled players and girls from the Mumbai-based Foundation.