If you believe football is best run by footballers, here's a tournament to believe in. Meet the stars of tomorrow, picked by the stars of yesterday.
The Shastri Soccer Club is organising the Sachdev Sports Cup Under-13 Football Tournament from 2nd to 10th June, at the Lal Bazaar Football Grounds in Trimulgherry. 16 teams are participating in this knockout format tournament, with the teams divided into four groups.
Group A has Gymkhana, Trimulgherry A, Gandhinagar and Geetanjali. Group B has V V Nagar, Bolarum, FUC and James Sr. XI. Group C has Ramakrishnapuram (R K Puram), Venkatapuram, Kamalanagar and Trimulgherry C. Group D has J J Nagar, Valerian, Trimulgherry B and Central Battery.
All the matches in the four groups will be played in the league-cum-knockout format, and the top team from each group moves into the knockout/semifinal phase. The schedule is given below:
2:00pm - Gymkhana Vs Gandhinagar
3:00pm - V V Nagar Vs Bolarum
4:00pm - R K Puram Vs Kamalanagar
5:00pm - J J Nagar Vs Valerian
2:00pm - FUC Vs James Sr. XI
3:00pm - Venkatapuram Vs Trimulgherry C
4:00pm - Trimulgherry B Vs Central Battery
5:00pm - Trimulgherry A Vs Geetanjali
2:00pm - R K Puram Vs Venkatapuram
3:00pm - J J Nagar Vs Trimulgherry B
4:00pm - Gymkhana Vs Trimulgherry A
5:00pm - V V Nagar Vs FUC
2:00pm - Central Battery Vs Valerian
3:00pm - Geetanjali Vs Gandhinagar
4:00pm - James Sr. XI Vs Bolarum
5:00pm - Trimulgherry C Vs Kamalanagar
2:00pm - Geetanjali Vs Gymkhana
3:00pm - James Sr. XI Vs V V Nagar
4:00pm - Trimulgherry C Vs R K Puram
5:00pm - Central Battery Vs J J Nagar
2:00pm - Bolarum Vs FUC
3:00pm - Kamalanagar Vs Venkatapuram
4:00pm - Valerian Vs Trimulgherry B
5:00pm - Gandhinagar Vs Trimulgherry A
8th June - Semifinals
4:00pm - Group A winner Vs Group C winner
5:00pm - Group B winner Vs Group D winner
10th June - Final
5:00pm - Winner of 1st semifinal Vs Winner of 2nd semifinal
With no state and federation support, this tournament is being organised with internal funding from Sachdev Sports and die-hard footballers like Tony, Jesu Raj, Aleem Khan, Amalraj and Mohan. These ex-stars pick children from the nearby slums and coach them free of cost. To enthuse them, they organise under-16 and under-18 community level tournaments and inter-schools tournaments at the Lal Bazaar football ground.
This ground has been the hub of many football activities since the 1960s, and has produced some of the best footballers of those days, like Victor Amalraj, K P Dhanraj, Balaraman, Peter Thangaraj, D Kannan, P Ramaswamy, Aleem Khan, Tony and John Victor. The Shastri Soccer Club was established and is being run by these stalwarts for the last four decades.
There is no entry fee for participating in the tournament. Please contact S Tony at 2779-8282 or M Mohan at 2779-3322 for further details.