The Grand Finals of Gamesa Soccer League 2016 was concluded on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2016 at Rajarathinam Stadium, Egmore, Chennai.
From the Press Release:
Winners: Tuticorin Titans won the under 14 (boys) match, Chromepet Cannons won the under 18 (boys) match, Mylai Magicians won the Under 21 (boys) match and Nagpur Non-stoppers won the girls match.
Gamesa Soccer League is an initiative of Gamesa (Wind Turbine manufacturer headquartered in Spain and having operations in many countries including India), Slum Soccer (a sports for development organization that aims to bring in social change among youth through sports – esp. football) and Madras School of Social Work (an NGO).
The Gamesa Soccer League introduces soccer at the grassroots, especially in the areas where Gamesa wind farms are located, with the goal of creating a transformation in the lives of children.
Having successfully completed the first season of GSL in 2015, GSL 2016 Finale organised between September 27th to October 1st, empowered over 250 deserving children across India by boosting their confidence and minimising their vulnerability towards negative influences through the game of competitive football. This year, 32 teams from 13 centres participated in Under 14, Under 18 and Under 21 categories for the boys and an all category team for girls.
Yesterday, on Sunday – Oct. 2, we went to watch the finals of Gamesa Soccer League at Rajarathinam Stadium, Egmore, Chennai. The format of this game was different from the regular football matches we see in TV. There are only three players and one goal keeper for each team and the soccer field is much smaller than the regular ones. The timing is also short and the matches were held in the league format.
We saw three matches yesterday and the fast pace and quick scoring of the matches stood out from the regular passing-oriented football matches. The organizers even played some music to which most of the participants and viewers danced. It seems a couple of Chennaiyin FC players visited the venue yesterday to encourage the kids.
Shri K Pandiarajan, Hon’ble minister, School Education and Sports & Youth Welfare and Mr. Ramesh Kymal, Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa India were among the Dignitaries who were present for the prize distribution ceremony.
Here are a few photos from the event –