Two talented soccer players and winners of India’s largest community soccer championship – South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2013, will be heading to the Queens Park Rangers Football Club in London. The winners will be on the front lines of some amazing learning experience in a three week long coaching programme in UK. On the eve of their departure, the organiser of the initiative Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications, IT and Shipping felicitated the winners in Mumbai.

The chosen winners, Aman Santosh Gaikwad and Master Mohammed Kamran Ansari were a part of the 5th South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2013 conducted annually for kids to exhibit their football skills. Since the inception of the initiative in 2009, the championship has seen a steady increase in the number of participants, with 5120 kids participating in its last edition.

Commenting on the occasion, Milind Deora said, “The south Mumbai soccer championship has attempted to build a social rainbow of participants coming from varied backgrounds under one banner. In the last five years, the professionally conducted game has honed talent and seen participation from over 17000 students interested in football.

This was my commitment to my constituents that I will add value to the life of their children beyond school, I pledge to take this to a bigger level in the next five years. I am sure multitude of talented football players will be discovered from this initiative.”
Source: The Free Press Journal
Reference Link: http://freepressjournal.in/soccer-dreams-turn-reality-for-city-kids/