Picturesque landscapes, snowcapped peaks and a football at your feet may not be how we spend an average day. But if you are from Ladakh, that just might be a common sight. Ladakhi’s love for football, although not very well documented, is still well known.

Harpreet Bedi, a former National player and professional coach, who is currently in Ladakh for a scouting project had lots to say about the talent and passion for the game in the hills. A group of upcoming coaches held training sessions for both coaches as well as players in the region.

As many as fifteen coaches turned up for the training sessions, who were, Skarma Lotus, Stanzin Tsepak, Tsewang Nurboo, Tenzin Kunga, Tsewang Dorjai Stanzin Tsangtsas, Stanzin Lexdup, Tundup Namgial, Stanzin Jigmet,  Stanzin Chosphel, Stanzin Wangdut, Stanzin Gilik, Dorjey Baku, Rinchen Angchok, Tsewang Norbu.

The comprehensive training sessions for the coaches covered several aspects on how to conduct football sessions, circuit training, basic football training and how to make session plans.

One of the trainee coaches, Dorjey Baku is also a professional player who trained with Minerva Academy and went on to represent Himachal FC, the Himachal Football League champions of 2020-21.

Bedi, who has seen his fair share of pupils, having been a coach for various league winning youth teams, was surprised to see that the training sessions for the coaches also attracted the younger age groups. That too in the middle peak winter when even the snow didn’t stop the eager learners.

The players who had turned up for scouting were nearly hundred in number from age groups upwards of five years to 19. There were seventeen players for the women’s team. Among them, several promising talents were identified who were then sent to Sudeva FC for their women’s team. Out of them, Stonskit Dolma, Jigmet Chunzen, Sonam Angmo and Tsering Dolker played in the Delhi League for Sudeva FC, Jigmet Chunzen, even captained the side.

Stonskit Dolma, Jigmet Chunzen, Sonam Angmo and Tsering Dolker represented Sudeva FC

It’s surprising to think that these players who turned up for the scouting program ending up playing for a club in a short period of time, this speaks volumes about the kind of talent that the players in Ladakh possess.

The youth teams were no different, the trained eye of Harpreet Bedi could easily identify players who could walk into various youth I-League teams in India. Nearly a hundred young players in the age groups of 5-11 and 12-15 have been trained by the group of coaches in this period of time.

Although an uncharted territory on the Indian football map, with an unmatched passion for the game, Ladakh is a pandora box of talent waiting for recognition. Now even with some professional training thanks to Bedi and his team. As a football fan, one can only hope that the vast talent pool in the Ladakh region is identified by the right clubs. And who knows, we might end up finding another Tsering Dolker, who became the first women’s footballer from Ladakh to be playing in the Indian Women’s League.

53 thoughts on “Ladakh: Talents Hidden in the hills”
  1. They Are needed support from ut administration of Ladakh and the sports minister of India… In the field of both side infrastructure and individuals economy……..

  2. I was pretty pleased to discover this website.
    I need to to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!!
    I definitely loved every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to check out new things
    in your website.

  3. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough
    time locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.

    I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.

  4. When I initially left a comment I appear to have clicked
    the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox
    and now each time a comment is added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.

    Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service?

  5. Wonderful goods from you, man. I have remember your stuff previous
    to and you’re simply too excellent. I really like what you’ve bought right here, certainly like what you’re stating and the best
    way wherein you are saying it. You are making it enjoyable and you continue to
    take care of to keep it smart. I can’t wait to learn far more from you.

    That is really a great website.

  6. After I initially commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and
    now whenever a comment is added I recieve four emails with
    the same comment. There has to be a way you can remove me
    from that service? Appreciate it!

  7. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured
    I’d ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog
    article or vice-versa? My website goes over a lot of the same
    subjects as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look
    forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

  8. Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m
    having a hard time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something
    completely unique. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  9. Fantastic beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your web site,
    how could i subscribe for a weblog web site?
    The account helped me a applicable deal. I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered vibrant clear idea

  10. What’s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have
    discovered It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads.
    I am hoping to give a contribution & assist different users
    like its aided me. Good job.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *