Mahindra Youth Football Challenge to kick off from April 17

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) The inter-city leg of the third edition of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge will kick-off from April 17 in Bangalore.

Under-14 players from schools across six Indian cities will get an opportunity to display skills in the tournament which will be played at the Bangalore Football Stadium. The event is being organised by Bangalore District Football Association of Karnataka State Football Association.

The top teams chosen from intra-state rounds held in Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata, Goa and Kerala will battle it out for the title of the Inter-City Champion School. The six winning schools that will participate in the leg are Greenwood International, Bangalore, Don Bosco High School, Mumbai, DPS Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Ashoknagar Bidyasagar Banibhavan, Kolkata, Don Bosco School, Goa, and St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Kerala.

In the inter-city leg, the six champion schools will play each other in league format to determine the top two, who will then play the final April 22.

The winning school will receive the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge Trophy and prize money of Rs.50,000 while the runner-up will also receive a trophy and Rs.30,000. Besides these, the ‘Star Performer’ of each match will also receive a trophy. There will be prizes for the ‘Best Goalkeeper’, ‘Best Midfielder’, ‘Best Striker’ and ‘Best Defender’ of the tournament.

Based on their performances, 22 players will be selected for a four-day coaching clinic to be held from April 23-26. From these, 2-4 of the best players will be picked to travel to Scotland and undergo a 10-day training stint at the Celtic Football Club Academy. The names of these players will be announced at the conclusion of the final camp April 26.

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