His Majesty The King has granted as Royal Soelra, a monthly Salary of Nu. 20,000 to the members of the Women’s National Team, starting January 1st 2021.
The Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon, which conveyed the Royal Command to Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), said that the financial support granted to the Women’s National Team is envisioned to provide equal opportunities for women players, to strengthen the Women’s National Team, and enable it to excel in its performance internationally. At present, the team received a salary of Nu. 10,000 from the BFF. The Royal Soelra is in addition to this.
The Women’s National Team has up to 30 players, who are trained by the BFF, and encouraged to remain professional players.
According to the President of the BFF, Ugen Tsechup Dorji, the monthly remuneration will go a long way in enabling women football players to pursue the sport professionally, and also serve to attract young girls to the sport. “His Majesty’s gift insures the future of Women in Football. This is an opportunity as well as a responsibility for Bhutan Football Federation to take Women’s Football to a higher level. We commit ourselves wholeheartedly in fulfilling this endeavour,” he said.
The Men’s National Team, which also has 30 players, began receiving an additional monthly salary of Nu. 20,000 this year, with financial support from Druk Holdings and Investment. This was in addition to the Nu. 10,000 that they already receive from BFF.
Such financial support encourages players, and more importantly, allows them to play football professionally. Given the widespread interest for football in Bhutan, this is an important step in elevating Bhutanese football to the next level.
His Majesty’s timely and gracious gift has meant that in Bhutan, men and women’s Football can progress with equal support. At a time when the lack of support for women’s support is an issue globally, the Royal Soelra sets precedent for Bhutan to be a forerunner. The Soelra from the Throne will boost the morale of upcoming young female players and has inspired the Bhutan Football Federation to work harder to take the sport of football in the country to newer heights for both men and women.