Jamie Le Hardy first came to Pakistan in 2004, has played and won the Pakistan Open and a number of other Cups including the Zameen Cup & Honda Cup last week as Captain. He has a special connection to Pakistan Polo as his grandmother first visited Lahore Polo Cup over 40 years ago and he also met his wife and was married in Lahore. They are now based in Sotogrande Spain in the summer season and plays in Pakistan and Argentina in the winter. He also trained the Pakistan World Cup Squad at his home in Spain last summer and is working closely with the Lahore and Islamabad Polo Club to promote and grow polo in Pakistan.
The Game Changer: Football League of Top Football Clubs of Pakistan
Background to Football Leagues:Football is world’s most popular sport, and its global events are the most watched competitions in the world. Football also boasts most professional sports leagues besides many other front top ranking accolades. The scale of global outreach and commercial value of top football leagues is second to none. In fact football was the breeding ground of sports league. Football league is reference to a distinct format of the game in which football clubs come head to head with each other in highly competitive and commercially visible environment. Football clubs are the backbone of the global dominance of football.
Football in Pakistan:Out of the 64% total youth population in Pakistan, 30% were expected to have followed the FIFA World Cup. Football is watched, played and loved all across the country. Despite great potential & sporting talent is Pakistan; it is quite unfortunate for Pakistan to stand nowhere when it comes to Football. Currently ranked at 199, the team has hardly won any global or regional titles for the country. Pakistan currently has more than 2,500 clubs registered all over the country which serve as nurseries for young players, however they have never been considered stakeholder of football. Some of the major challenges faced by these football clubs are as follows:
• Lack of Major Events in the Country
• Insufficient Investment
• Lack of Corporate Identity
• No Media Coverage
• No Support from Sports Federation & Government
Football Clubs at the Centre Stage in Pakistan for the First Time!
Pakistan football fans, enthusiasts and players are full of joy about a great development lately. Pakistan’s first professionally run sports management organization, Strawberry Sports Management is bringing a one-of-its-kind football league on a ten (10) years’ plus format that is centered on the top football clubs of the country. Slated for 2019, the League is placing football clubs as the foundation of game & player development.
The league will have nationwide coverage and participation from top clubs from all the provinces of the country, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, North and South Waziristan. The League shall create numerous branding opportunities for all stakeholders and its coverage across all platforms shall bode well for bringing out the true football talent of the country in the world. The League shall also scout, hunt, and nurture fresh talent from across the country. That’s a first too in Pakistan where in past couple of years top international retired players were toured in main cities of the country in highly extravagant manner without any impact on ground for Pakistani players!
Here’s hoping that the ground breaking football league around top football clubs of Pakistan gets to become a top notch national and international football league that brings joy and pride for the game lovers. Media and Government need to play their due role as facilitators for this great National Cause!
SEED OUT Presents Pakistan’s Most Exclusive Night of the Year
SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019 featuring the legendary Abida Parveen in Lahore
LAHORE: SEED OUT, Pakistan’s first interest-free crowd funding platform with Zain Ashraf Mughal at the helm, is all set to present Pakistan’s most exclusive night of the year, SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019 featuring the legendary Sufi Icon Abida Parveen in Lahore on 22nd March 2019.
SEED OUT’s mission is to alleviate poverty by establishing micro-entrepreneurs through interest-free micro financing and creation of sustainable economic activity. Indeed, on March 22nd 2019, SEED OUT will celebrate the success of 600 entrepreneurs in four cities across Pakistan and to raise funds to enable and champion more micro-entrepreneurs in the country.
The exclusive SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019 is scheduled to take place at the Governor House in Lahore with the presence of the honorable Governor of Punjab, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar as the chief guest along with a talk by Orya Maqbool Jan and a mesmerizing Sufi Dance performance by whirling Dervaishis on soul touching sufi songs. Pride of Performance Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz recipient Abida Parveen will make a rare Lahori performance giving the attendees an emotional and transformative experience. This annual fundraiser will be bringing the crème de la crème of Lahore all under one roof with an exquisite dinner to conclude the night. SEED OUT is also giving the citizens of Lahore a chance to be a part of this great initiative. There are four distinct categories for event passes which includes Platinum Lounges for 10 persons and single-entry Platinum Pass, Gold Pass and Silver Pass. The passes can be purchased online through Bookme.pk, eticketing.pk and physically from Hardees [MM Alam Road and Hardees Z Block, DHA] and Aylanto [Z Block, DHA].
The revenue generated from the event will help SEED OUT pull thousands of underprivileged Pakistanis out of poverty by setting up small businesses for them.
“Seed Out (www.seedout.org) has always been committed to fight against poverty. However, we cannot do it alone. This year we would like to bring all Pakistanis to come together and play their part to lift thousands of families out of poverty.” said president and founder SEED OUT Zain Ashraf Mughal about SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019.
Indeed, Zain Ashraf Mughal founded SEED OUT in 2013 with an aim and a mission to eliminate poverty by establishing micro-entrepreneurs. To further their human development agenda, SEED OUT requires its beneficiaries to send at least two children to school and maintain a minimum hygiene standard at their homes. So far, SEED OUT has managed to raise 600 entrepreneurs with an average financing of PKR. 90,000 per person. 1600 children have gone back to school and left child labour. Their donors are all around the globe and the organization is ensuring the absolute transparency in expediting their donations.
Zain, a graduate from University of Miami, is the first Pakistani to achieve the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Award (2018) for excellence in development work through SEED OUT (2018). Apart from being shortlisted by Forbes Asia for the 30 under 30 list for 2019 recently, he was previously also awarded The Pakistani Poverty Alleviation Programme award for Seed Out (2017). Zain has been ranked as Pakistan’s top 25 high achievers under 25 by Tech Juice and is also featured in the 30 under 30 list of University of Miami.
An Ode to Women
It’s time for patriarchy to step aside, for long women have lived in the shadow of strong and powerful men that have denied them their fundamental rights, but no more, it’s finally time for the women of this world to get what they deserve; an equal footing with men and the equality of opportunity. Its optimistic to see so much support for a day that celebrates women by people all across the board. To all the mothers, sisters, daughters, girls and women in the world, we salute you for your resilience and strength.
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