Age: 75 Years
Hometown: Nagpur, Maharashtra
Wife: Rachana Barse
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vijay Barse
- He is a retired sports professor from the Hislop College in Nagpur with 36 years of service.
- One afternoon of a rainy day in July 2001, Vijay saw some slum children playing football with a small plastic bucket. He noticed that the time they were indulged in the sports, they were away from all the malice activities. The whole scenario inspired him to do something for the underprivileged. Vijay along with some of his colleagues planned to organize a football tournament and make slum children participate in it.
- He received 18 Lakh after his retirement from which he bought land of about 9 km from Nagpur and built an academy of football for the underprivileged.
- In 2001, he founded slum soccer Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur (KSVN), which runs football programmes and provides a chance of rehabilitation to the deprived section of society. He organised the first tournament of the academy, held in Nagpur in which participation of 128 teams.
- In 2003, he launched his first Jhopadpatti Football Tournament, a state-level event in Nagpur. A total of 15 districts of Maharashtra including a tribal belt of Gadricholi (who later emerged champions) participated at the tournament.
- In the same year, the national-level tournament of the organization, All India Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Jhopadpatti Football Tournament was conducted in Nagpur with the participation of 12 Indian states (Orissa won the inaugural tournament).
- In 2006, Abhijeet left his job in the U.S.A and came to India to support his father in his movement of upliftment of the slum dwellers.
- In 2007, Vijay learned about the Homeless World Cup and went to watch its fourth edition in Cape Town, South Africa. The following year, he took his team to international-level when they participated in the next edition of the tournament held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- In 2012, he was bestowed with the Real Hero Award, which was presented by Sachin Tendulkar.
- His son, Abhijeet in an interview revealed that his father has also worked for the Indo-Pak peace and organized motorcycle expeditions to the border to talk peace with Pakistan. Barse also has worked for improving the green cover by promoting tree plantation.
- In 2014, he featured in the first episode of the Satyamev Jayate Season 3, hosted by Aamir Khan.
- In 2016, Slum Soccer received several awards including the FIFA Diversity Award, FICCI India Sports Award, and 2012 Manthan eNGO Award.
- In January 2020, his biopic titled, ‘Jhund’ was released. Amitabh Bachchan was cast for the role of ‘Barse.’ The movie also celebrated the directorial debut Nagraj Manjule in Bollywood.