Snow Football Match held in Kalash Valley

Snow Football Match held in Kalash Valley

In an historic first, a Snow Football match was held at the Kalash Ice and Snow Festival in
Bumboret, Kalash Valley, in the region of Chitral. The festival itself was organized by the
Hindukush Snow Sports Club whereas the match was organized by the District Football
Association of Lower Chitral. CoPilotCares, a CSR arm of CoPilot, a health-tech company
operating in the US, was the Title Sponsor of this match.

For the match, the Hindukush Snow Sports Club and DFA Lower Chitral both fielded
teams predominantly comprised of players from the Kalash Valley. DFA Lower Chitral won the
encounter 1-0 in regular time, to mark a momentous occasion for football in the Kalash Valley,
which hasn’t seen official matches held in recent years. There were close to 300 attendees who
came to witness the historic event at the Krkal Football Field in Bumboret. Cash prizes and
trophies were handed out to both teams at the end, with thermal apparel given in kind to both
sets of teams to deal with the sub-zero temperatures of the playing arena.

There were many prominent figures present at the event, including the DSP of
Bumboret and Shahzada Hasham Ul Mulk of Drosh, Chitral who also happens to be at the helm
of the Hindukush Snow Sports Club.

Hussain Ahmed, patron DFA Chitral, had the following to say. “Around 30 years ago an
unofficial kick-about was held in the Kalash Valley where teams weren’t participating for prizes
or trophies, and weren’t assembled under any sanctioned organization or club, let alone a
Football Association. It gives me great pride to announce that the Kalash Valley is now open for
official activities”.

Bilal Mumtaz, Team Principal of DFA Lower Chitral, was elated about the event. “It is my
understanding that February boasts the harshest weather conditions for all regions of Chitral.
Even entering Chitral at the time of the Kalash Ice and Snow Festival was very cumbersome for
tourists and for local Chitralis as well. Accessing the Kalash Valley is even tougher with no
proper road infrastructure in place. However, I’m glad to have worked with all partners of the
event, namely CoPilot, Hindukush Snow Sports Club, and the DFA Lower Chitral to manage an
historic football event not just in the Kalash Valley or Chitral but for the nation as well. From
working with different age groups, it’s now time to work with different climates and
geographies to develop football in the largest combined District (Upper and Lower) in KPK”

Moby Kazmi, Chairman of CoPilot, had the following to say. “CoPilotCares has been
conducting a good deal of CSR in Pakistan, by establishing orphanages and solar-powered water
pumps in remote areas of the country. We thought it be would be fitting to contribute to sports
in remote areas of the country as well, and have been supporting football in Chitral over the
past year so far. We are deeply impressed with the pool of talented footballers in this remote
region of Pakistan, where there is a severe lack of facilities and promotion of talent on a
nationwide scale. CoPilot has made efforts to have Chitral’s footballers showcase their talents on regularly held events across 3 different age groups – youth, senior, and veterans – and now
we have boldly gone in to new frontiers by holding an event in a different geographic climate in
an area with very little digital connectivity – the Kalash Valley. We hope to break more barriers
through the power of sports in the future, and expect a lot positive impact through activities
like these in societies like Chitral’s”