GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - To uplift the young players of the North East a prize-money soccer tournaments is being organised by STP Sports, sponsored by Sunfeast ITC Ltd., at different venues of the region from September 22.
Detailing the schedule and concepts of this tournament, SPT Sports CEO Amit Saran told at a press meet here that the event would be called North East Sunfeast Cup Football Tournament where teams in the age groups of U-13 and U-16 would be primed for action. Altogether 6 chapters of the tournament will be held in Guwahati, Jorhat, Aizwal, Itanagar, Shillong and Imphal differently.
According to Saran, competitive events are an integral and essential part for the development of an individual footballer. North East has the talent which just has to be nurtured and opportunity provided to harness the skills of youngsters. The last date for registration for Guwahati chapter which will be held at Nehru Stadium, is September 19.
Already 28 teams have registered for the Guwahati chapter. Teams like Cambridge School, NPS School, South Point School, APRO Coaching Centre, Guwahati Youngest Coaching Centre, Royal Global School, Miles Bronson School have already confirmed their participation in the U-16 group.
Among the U 13 group teams confirming participation are NF Railways Coaching Centre, Cambridge School, NPS School, Noonmati Oil Coaching Centre, Miles Bronson School, South Point School, APRO Coaching Centre, Guwahati Youngster Coaching Centre, Royal Global School. The registration fee is Rs 200.
The Jorhat chapter will start just after the Guwahati chapter. The knockout tournament will be a 11-a-side affair. The time duration of a match is 40 minutes for U-13 group and 50 minutes for U-16 group. Around 8 to 9 matches will be played in a single day. The winners will be awarded Rs 25,000 in each group.
Addressing the press meet, Ajay Tiwari, Commissioner and Secretary of Sports & Youth Welfare, thanked Sunfeast for the move. He said, �Private sectors are coming to the State to promote sports in recent years. This is good news for the upcoming players of Assam as well as the North East. We are concentrating to develop at the grassroots level. This is one of the proper platforms. Sports environment has been developing in the State. We have organised many mega events in recent past. Hope this tournament will give boost to our youth promising players.�