Adhithi Rajagopal

The Girl with the Golden Boot

Adhithi has gone from being a dependent 10 year old to an independent 18 year old who's making her mark on the international football scene.

Almost every football player you meet will tell you that they have always had a passion for the game ever since they were young and that the game was always in their blood. My daughter Adhithi Rajagopal’s relationship with football, however, is slightly different. Football, previously non-existent in her life, was injected into her veins. This beautiful game has changed and enhanced her life. From being a dependent 10 year old she went to be an independent 18 year old who has proudly represented the Indian U16 Women’s National Football Team.

She has represented the Chennai District women's football team in the U14, U16, U17, U19, U21 and the Senior (open) category. She successfully captained the U16 Chennai District Team. She has also played for Tamil Nadu U17, U19 and Senior category Women's State Football team. She captained U17 Team India in DANA CUP (July 2016), Denmark. She represented the Indian National U16 Women's Football Team 2014-15 in the AFC cup held at Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was the first player to be awarded the best player, best forward and top scorer award all at once in the CBSE South Zone Football tournament. She has also attended international training at IMG Academy, Florida for the past 2 summers.

She has won more than 30 awards for best player, top scorer, player of the tournament's, best forward, best midfielder. She was awarded the golden boot, golden ball and the player of the tournament in the Reliance Foundation Youth Sport tournament city finals held in Chennai. She scored 23 goals in Reliance Youth Sport tournament Nationals. She was one among the five players selected from across Chennai to participate in the Manchester United Soccer School camp. I am proud to mention that she was a student of P.S. Senior Secondary School, Chennai.
Amid participating in a number of tournaments, she was able to attend classes for only two months during the entire academic year. She took an oath to score more than 80 per cent to break the jinx that sports persons are never good at academics and passed her 12th standard CBSE exams scoring 83 per cent marks with centum in one subject, viz. Marketing, in the month of May 2017. This was possible because of the support extended by the school Management, Teachers which one can never forget. The sacrifices she has made to attain this level in football, cannot be described in words.

She has appeared for her exams (June 2017) for 'D' License course, to become a coach conducted, by All India Football Federation at Madurai and is awaiting her results. Without taking any help from her parents, she browsed the internet on her own and found out about courses related to sports, offered by various International Universities. She applied to the universities of her choice. She also succeeded in getting admission in three universities, viz South Hampton Solent University, Manchester Metropolitan and Cardiff Metropolitan University, all in United Kingdom. She selected Cardiff Metropolitan University, as the university competes at the highest level in the British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) leagues, regularly winning championships across a wide range of sports. She believes that the multi-cultural environment at Cardiff Metropolitan would surely give her a global exposure.

Based on her video clippings and achievements in football, Cardiff Metropolitan University has offered her sports scholarship support (based on U16 International representation for India) and Ambassadorial School Scholarship (based on contribution and impact) as well as a full athletics support package with Welsh Premier League Cardiff Met Ladies Football Club.

I am really a proud father of a focused girl, who has big dreams of playing football at an international level and bring laurels to our nation. Our family has and will always extend full support to her and we are sure that she will fulfil her ambition.

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