Our Awards

FIFA Diversity Award

'Slum Soccer' winning the inaugural FIFA Diversity award will mean the world to India, better known for its cricket than football, the CEO Abhijeet Barse told AFP on Monday.

'Slum Soccer' saw off two other short-listed rivals – The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (ILGBTFA) and British anti-discrimination pressure group 'Kick It Out' – to take the award. 

"This is absolutely thrilling for India, being acknowledged for a football project when India doesn't ever make the football headlines!" an overjoyed Barse said at the Soccerex Global Football Convention. read more...

 

Nag Bhushan Award

Addressing criticism about dearth of people in society who can be source of inspiration, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Many gems are around us but we need vision to find those hidden personalities. Therefore, the selection made by Nag Bhushan Foundation in bringing before society the notable contributions of Air Marshal (Retd.) Shirish Deo and Prof (Retd.) Vijay Barse is indeed commendable. These are the personalities to whom we can look for inspiration as their ingenuity provided a new direction. read more...

 

FICCI India Sports Award

We are immensely pleased to announce that Slum Soccer has been awarded the prestigious FICCI India Sports Award for the “Best NGO Promoting Sports” category. FICCI, or the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, is the largest and oldest business organisation in India. It is non-governmental and not-for-profit. read more...

 

Gender Diversity Award

Slum Soccer won the Gender Diversity Award at the 5th edition of FICCI “GOAL” here in Mumbai. The International convention on Football Business held in Delhi last week was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and AIFF (All India Football Federation). read more...

 

Reliance Real Hero Award

Vijay Barse’s dream of reaching out to homeless Indians has been rewarded. Sachin Tendulkar presented the founder of Slum Soccer with a Reliance Real Hero Award

The award recognises the hard work and success Vijay Barse and his team at Slum Soccer have achieved and continue to achieve. The hero awards recognise and acknowledge the exemplary work of ordinary Indians, who strive to improve the lives of others. read more...

 

Go the Distance Award

Slum Soccer is founded in 2001 by Vijay Barse, a retired sport teacher in Nagpur. Vijay's primary influence in starting the initiative was when he coached a few children in the nearby slums to play football. He observed that these children would gather every weekend just for the love of football. read more... 

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