The Bangalore leg of the inaugural Mahindra Youth Football Challenge (MYFC), an inter-school under-14 football tournament across India, will begin here on November 12. Thirty-four schools from the city will compete in the leg, the winner of which will face those of the Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Delhi and Kerala legs in the next stage of the competition.

The tournament has partnered Celtic FC, of Glasgow, to offer the six ‘intra-city' winners a chance to train at a four-day camp conducted by coaches from the club. Sixteen players will be chosen to undergo a further five-day clinic with a few of them then picked to travel to the club for further training.

Speaking at a press conference to announce the launch of the event here on Wednesday, Sriram Ramachandran, Senior General Manager (Corporate Strategy), Mahindra and Mahindra, said his organisation was pleased to have joined hands with Celtic.

“We saw a huge chemistry between both of us,” he said. “Their objective is to give something back to the community, as is ours.” — Special Correspondent

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