Wednesday, September 11, 2013

3rd U-16 Parikrma Champions League kicks off on September 16

U-16 Parikrma Champions League football tournament is kicking off on 10 am, Monday, September 16 at the Bangalore Football Stadium. Parikrma Champions League will be in third edition, this tournament is presented by Menzies Aviation in association with the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) 

This year fourteen school teams from Bangalore and a team from Mumbai, Goa, and Kerala will join the battle for the Equality Cup, a trophy that symbolizes the breaking down of social barriers. This year’s Parikrma Champions League was launched today at the Bangalore Football Stadium by former Indian Olympian Ashwini Nachappa.

Parikrma Humanity Foundation is a NGO with the aim to ensure that even the poorest children have access to the best opportunities anywhere in the world. Now in its 10th year of operations, Parikrma runs 4 Centers for Learning and a Junior College for 1566 children from 69 slum communities and 4 orphanages in Bangalore. 

The event will start with a league stage consisting of 4 groups with the top 8 teams progressing into the knock-out round for ranking positions.

The highlights of this year's tournament were the sports workshops for sports management, sports journalism, sports commentary, and sports entertainment, conducted for the children’s from schools in Bangalore. For the first time in India, Parikrma organized an Age Verification Test for children from the participating schools to bring in fair play. Stadium will be equipped with a large LED screen and live video feed.

Speaking via Skype from the UK, Mervyn Walker, Executive VP, Operations of Menzies Aviation that lead sponsor of the  Parikrma Champions League said, "We are really happy to support Parikrma Humanity Foundation to make Parikrma Champions League a household name in inter-school tournaments. Through this event we are combining the development of our global leadership team with an effort to help fulfill our corporate social responsibility by supporting a very worthy cause in a great city." 

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