LAHORE The Pakistan Hockey Federation Friday launched its first ever Womens Hockey Academy at National Hockey Stadium with an aim to bolster the game among the females at the grass roots level. PHF President Qasim Zia inaugurated the academy and promised all out help to the women wing Secretary Tanzeela Amir Cheema. PHF secretary Mohammad Asif Bajwa and Olympian Zahid Sharif, who is incharge of the academy, were also present on the occasion. Talking to journalists, Qasim Zia congratulated the women wing for their achievement. He said that the women wing deserved praise for launching the academy for the very first time, where the girls under the age-group from 8-10 will be participating, Qasim said. Although the women wing is there to take care of the women hockey but the PHF is always there to help and support them at every step of development, he added. I hope the girls, who are joining the academy in such young age will be able to shine and bring laurels for the country and of course this is the right age to learn any game. We have plans of setting up more academy in other cities as well. Since this is our national game and I said on the first day when took over as the President PHF that I will encourage men and women in this field, said Qasim. To a question, Qasim Zia said that the PHF will be providing transportation, playing gears, kits that includes hockey sticks, balls and the refreshment and If they require any other thing, the PHF is there for complete support, he added. According to the academy schedule, it will run six days in a week from Monday to Saturday at 1600 to 1800 (summer) and 1430-1630 (winter) while during national camp, the timing will be 1500-1600 at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore. The academy will start from 30 players but will be increased up to 50 and preferably age (1-1-1992) to onwards. The main focus of the academy will be on under-18 Girls Junior Cup to be held at Doha in December 2010 and the main target to play the qualifying round of the Under-21 Junior World Cup 2011. Olympian Zahid Sharif will be the coach in-charge of the academy while Zeib ul Nisa and Razia Malik will be the assistant him as his deputy coaches at the academy. According to PHF WW, development of women hockey will be promoted all over the country at grass roots level to high profile level by focusing on basic skills, techniques and physical fitness.