With the conviction to provide young boys & girls of Delhi a platform to showcase their sports skills, Pradeep ventured into organizing football tournaments for them. He along with his father Sukhbir Singh, who is an ex-service man and a great motivator for him took up the daunting task of conducting football tournaments in Delhi. This could not have been possible without the help and dedication from his team which includes Yashpal, Aashish, Keshav, Kamlesh, Mandy, Sahil, Daljeet, Sarita, Deepesh, Dheeraj and lots of other sports minded people who worked selflessly day and night to make this tournament a success. Each and every one of them put in hard work by taking time out from their busy schedule. What brought all of them together was their passion for the game and the idea to take it to a next level. The idea was simple, to promote football and provide a platform for players to come, enjoy, participate and promote the game.
The first successful tournament they organized was FootballFete season-I which took place on NSIT Ground between 24-25 January 2015. A total of 22 teams participated in the first season of the tournament even though there was not much publicity done which was an inspiring surprise. The implementation of the idea was not without its own set of hurdles. First and foremost problem was the high cost of playgrounds especially when you start with the assumption that it would be easier to find a ground given that your own motive is not to make profits but to promote football. Despite the high costs which could not be covered by the participation fees, the team went ahead by pooling in funds from their own pockets to make this happen. It was both a learning experience and mammoth undertaking to organize the tournament for the first time. The team was unaware of all the logistics, unseen expenditures, and real-time issues that require immediate attentions and solution. Despite all the odds the tournament was a quite a success for the organizing team and all the participants who not only played but enjoyed it as well. ALL STARS came out to be the winner beating Dwarka Super Shooters.
After the first experiment, the organizing team took some time to cool off and look into the things that they could have done better. With the resolve to make the second season, a bigger and better event, the team started to plan again. This time based on the feedback from the first season, the goals were to get more teams on board, to have multiple categories and integrate it with a technical platform to record the event and the details. The result was a bigger and much better organized second season of FootballFete in Ambedkar Stadium between 22- 25th October 2015 with three categories which included girls as well. This time the organizing team was better prepared, much more planned to handle the event. Things were taken care of before to make the event as smooth as possible. Web platform was provided for the teams to register themselves for the tournament. With the help and sponsorship from Vector-X ,Bake-Day, SportsFete and Sunrise Convent School, the team has more financial and technical resources to leverage and promote the event. One important fact that distinguishes the event from any other event is the fact that almost all of the organizing team had their day job and they were putting their energy into this after their office hours which made is really hard for them. There were stressful times when the workload was at its peak but that was taken care by sharing the tasks. Special thanks to Mr. Sukhbir Singh for his numerous trips to the Ambedkar Stadium to deal with the authorities and get every proper permission required to organize an event. One important lesson learned from all this was that it is not easy to work and deal with Indian bureaucracy where everyone wants a piece of the pie. The only happy surprise came from Delhi police which was very cooperating.
All these hurdles could not weaken the resolve of the team, they only made the determination a lot more stronger. The second season had a total of 42 teams which included 6 teams in the girl’s category. This time there was a prize for almost everyone to make sure that everyone feels passionate and part of it. The performance from the girls was breathtaking which could be seen in the moments captured in pictures.
The enthusiasm among the teams could be seen from the fact that every team was asking about the next season of the tournament even when they are still playing the season.