Jamshedpur’s little Ronaldos, Messis, Maradonas and Peles who aim to be the future football stars of Jamshedpur FC will battle it out at Tinplate Sports Complex, Golmuri on September 3/4 as Jamshedpur FC conduct the first edition of the Jamshedpur FC Junior Champs.
The tournament will see participation from over 500 grassroots players who are eager and hungry to showcase their talent and skills to everyone. Participants are from the eight Jamshedpur FC Football Schools across the city, Mount Litera Zee School – Mango, Kerala Samajam Model School – Golmuri, RVS Academy – Dimna Road, DBMS Kadma High School, Loyola School – CH Area, Carmel Junior College – Sonari, DAV Public School – Bistupur and Hill Top School – Telco.
The little experts taking part across the schools showed their eagerness and creativity as the came up with names for their respective teams. Amongst the names of the 86 teams participating, some of them were – Loyola Panthers, Carmel Warriors, DAV Titans, Hill Top Maradonas, etc.
Carlos Santamarina, Head of Youth Development at Jamshedpur FC (TFA) underlined the importance of the tournament as he said, “Conducting this tournament is very important. It’s the first step for these kids to get into a competitive environment and know how much they have developed in the game since they started training. At the Jamshedpur FC Junior Champs, we are giving these kids a chance to implement what they have learnt in the past few months under our grassroots coaches.”
Jamshedpur FC Head of Grassroots, Kundan Chandra is delighted to kick-off the much-awaited tournament as he said, “We are glad to conduct this tournament. We launched our programme a year ago with the aim of not just training the kids but to also provide them with a competitive environement. This tournament will give the children an edge compared to others as they are being exposed to the laws of the game at an early age.”
The participants have been divided as per age categories – U5, U8 and U11 and each age-group will follow round robin group stage cum knockout format. The round-robin group stage will take place on September 3/4 followed by the knockout stage which will be conducted later.
A total of 86 teams will participate in the Jamshedpur FC Junior Champs – eight U5, twenty-two U8 and fifty-six U11. The tournament will see a total of 246 matches being conducted at the venue over two days as the teams battle out to qualify for the knockout stages.
The 23 grassroots coaches who have been training the participants regularly for the past few months at their respective schools will be the orchestrators of this tournament and are the point of contacts for the children participating alongwith their parents for all queries and coordination. Kundan Chandra conducted a workshop earlier today explaining the rules and regulations and all guidelines to be followed by the coaches and their respective teams.
These coaches will be provided with technical support during the tournament by 12 TSRDS coaches who will officiate the matches. The tournament will be conducted in association with Jharkhand Football Association (JFA). The players of the U13, U15 & U18 teams of the Jamshedpur FC Feeder Center will volunteer throughout the tournament as they help their juniors take part in the competition.