Starting her journey in Ariyalur, P. Sandhya has incised a spot for herself at Sethu FC and taking it up a notch for her dream of performing at the highest level. The right-wing player, loaded full with fervor is all set to kick the ball rolling into a bright future.

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Tell us a little bit about your background. And how you developed a passion for football?

I started playing football when I was studying 11th standard in Ariyalur Govt. Hr.Sec.School. I used to observe others and grasped their style of play. That’s how football came into my life.

Then I studied at SDAT, Namakkal from 11th grade was the first time that I have been part of a team and it has taught me a lot about team spirit, sportsmanship spirit, and the grit involved in playing a match. From then, I realized that football was my passion and I started taking active interest in following and playing football.

Do you have a favorite football player that you like to watch?

I admire Sunil Chhetri and what he means to the Indian football fans in the nation – when he plays, you can always expect something extraordinary going to happen.  His game awareness and the passing precisions while assists I really love watching it, which influenced me majorly and that was when I looked upon it as something serious enough to pursue it as my career.

What is it like being a part of the Sethu FC?

It’s an incredible experience being a part of the Sethu FC Team. I get to interact with girls that come from different backgrounds but, they all come together with the same love and passion for the game which is really cool.

How would you describe your game to people who haven’t seen you play?

I consider myself as a player who helps my team with passing and crossing more than scoring.

What do you like about football and what has kept you in it over the years?

My love towards football is very precious, I’m very mad about it. The sport has given me friendships and memories that will last me a lifetime. I have learned lessons that have helped me grow aside from the playing field and brought me opportunities that I never would have gotten if it weren’t for the sport.

What do you feel about the growth of football in Tamil Nadu?

About the growth in Tamil Nadu for football, it is improving, better than how it was a few years back. They have started to give importance to football. And I see more and more people will be interested in women’s football and I truly believe that women’s football is just going to get bigger and bigger in the coming years.

What are you hoping to achieve this season both for yourself and for the club as a whole?

Our only aim is to win the IWL title. It’s not going to be easy, but I think it’s something that we can do. We know that we have important matches coming up in the group stages so we try to go about it the best way possible and always motivated.

 


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