Selections for Asian junior camp

Bangalore, May 15 (IANS) Bajaj Allianz has introduced an Asian chapter to the international football camp with seven youngsters in the 14-16 years age group to be selected from across the country for a camp that will be held in Thailand in June.

The selection process will target 5,000 kids across 140 schools and football clubs in the country. The Asia Junior Football Camp will be organised in association with Allianz, the official partner of FC Bayern Munich whose coaches and players will also be involved in the camp, according to a press release.

Former international Arumainayagam and Ravi Babu, coach for Karnataka U-16 and U-19 teams, will be part of the jury during the selection process to finalise the seven aspirants.

In addition to Bangalore, Bajaj Allianz will be conducting the selection process for Asia Junior Football Camp in Jalandhar, Dehradun, Goa, Siliguri and Chennai.

Commenting on this initiative, Shibashish Mohanty, Karnataka head of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance said: “After the success of the Junior Football Camp across the country in the last three years, we are happy that the selection process for the Asia Junior Football Camp is being held in Bangalore for the first time this year. Through this activity, Bajaj Allianz hopes to provide upcoming football talent in this sports-loving city with a platform that allows them to live their craze for the sport.”

Arumainayagam said: “I had heard about this activity from other cities and it gives me great pride to be a part of this initiative in Bangalore. This is a unique platform to expose budding football talent in Karnataka and give them an opportunity to nurture their skills amidst the best in the world.”

At the Bajaj Allianz Junior Football Camp last year, five young budding footballers from across the country had the opportunity to interact and train with the coaches from FC Bayern Munich – one of the best football clubs in the world.

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