Pune FC support for State Directorate in SGFI Nationals
For the second successive year, Pune Football Club will continue its endeavour to support school football as they partner the Directorate of Sports and Youth Services, Pune, Maharashtra in conducting the 59th National School Football Under-17,19 Girls and Under-19 Boys Championship 2013-14, beginning Saturday.
The School Games Federation of India (SGFI) event will feature 58 teams from 25 states across the three age-group sections.
The tournament will be played on a league cum knock out basis on four grounds; two at the Pune FC training pitches at Mamurdi and two at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex respectively.
Says Pune FC Head Operation, Chirag Tanna, “It’s an honour to be associated with the sport we so passionately love and promote right through our youth system.”
Pune FC’s support to the event is based on its philosophy of encouraging talent at school level which forms the base of grassroots development.
In the Under-19 Boys section, 25 teams are divided into eight groups of three each and with four. Similarly, in the girls section of same age group 19 teams are in fray and divided into six groups.
The Under-17 girls section will be contested among 14 teams divided into 4 groups.
The Under-17 section will be devoid of last year’s winners Manipur and runners up Nagaland leaving third placed Haryana as the top bet. Hosts Maharashtra have been clubbed in Group-D along with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab.
The Under-19 girls section will have Haryana out to defend their crown in the absence of runners up Jharkhand who have skipped the event. Last-year’s semifinalists Maharashtra and Odisha will hope to go one step further. The hosts are clubbed along with Vidya Bharathi and Punjab in Group-C.
The Under-19 boys section has both finalists Punjab (champions) and Odisha (runners-up) along with Kerala and Delhi (semifinalists) make up a strong challenge in the section. Maharashtra find themselves placed along with Odisha and Vidya Bharathi on Group-D.
The official kick off of the event will be the Under-19 girls section Group-C match between hosts Maharashtra and Vidya Bharathi at 6.30 am at the main stadium, Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex.
Maharashtra Under-19 boys will face Odisha at 10.00 am at the Pune FC Training Pitches in Mamurdi in their Group-D opener.
Maharashtra Under-17 girls will face Gujarat in their Group-D opener at the warm-up tracks in the Balewadi Stadium at 4.30 pm.
(Posted on 25-04-2014)