The I-League runners-up on Thursday announced their plans to host and organize football tournaments for various age groups starting October 7, 2015.
“This is something that we’ve been working on for a while and we’re very keen on executing it. We’ve always wanted to launch a series of tournaments for the football community in Bangalore. To give children the opportunity to play in high-level tournaments is the main focus. We will be kicking things off with the BFC Inter-School Soccer Shield that will take place between October 7 and 16 at the Bangalore Football Stadium before we begin the Corporate Rumble and the Inter-College Face-Off,” said the club's COO Mustafa Ghouse while addressing the media.
There will be matches for three age categories – under-10 (7v7, 30 minute game), 12 (9v9, 40 minute game) and 14 (11v11, 50 minute game) – in the tournament that will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis.
Tournament director, Mandar Tamhane stressed the importance of youth participation, “We feel that we need to create this competition at the lower age groups. From Bengaluru FC’s point of view, we will have all the talent from the lower age groups available. Our youth coaches will be on the lookout for talent that can be part of the club’s academy."
Bengaluru FC have got on board with Soccer Trac – an app that will update scores, results and fixtures of the tournament in real time.
The club also announced tie-ups with Enerzal and Radio City, who will serve as the energy drink and radio partners respectively for the forthcoming season in 2015-2016.
DPS East, Jain Heritage, Inventure Academy, Faps, Head Start , Ducation Academy, Greenwood International School, Mallya Aditi International, Deens Academy, DPS North (E City), Vidyashilp Academy.
Under - 12
DPS East (Sarjapur), DPS North (E City), Jain Heritage, Jain International, Indus International,Ryan International Yellahanka, Inventure Academy, The Deens Academy , Dps South ,Vibgyor Hsr Layout, Head Start, Greenwood International School, Mallya Aditi International, Ryan International Bannerghatta Icse, Ryan International Bannerghata Cbse, Frank Antony Public School.
DPS East (Sarjapur), DPS North (E City), Ryan International Bannerghata Icse, Ryan International Whitefield, St. Alloysius, Nagarjuna Yelahanka, Frank Antony Public School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jakkur , Whitefield Global School, Parikrma, Mallya Aditi International, Ryan International Banerghata Cbse, Jain International Residential School, Ryan International Yellahanka, Dps South, Vidyaniketan