Kolkata, May 15, 2012 – After the success of the first season of the Yamaha ASEAN Cup U-13 Football in India last year, India Yamaha Motor is back with its second edition of the ASEAN cup U-13 football in association with The Indian Football Association (West Bengal) (IFA). The tournament will be held from May 16 to 20, 2012 at Mohammedan Sporting Club, Esplanade and will witness participation from budding footballers from West Bengal.
The Qualifying round of the tournament will include 6 matches amongst 6 teams from West Bengal, India. This will be followed by 4 semi final matches. The winning teams from the preliminary round will then compete for the final round on the 20th of May 2012.
The Winning team of this tournament will then represent India Yamaha Motor football team at the fourth Yamaha ASEAN Cup U-13 Football Finals to be held in Malaysia from July 13, 2012 to July 15, 2012. There will be 6 teams from 5 Asian countries namely- India, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam & Malaysia (x2 teams).
Mr. U K Ganguli, Hony. Secretary of IFA expressed his sincere appreciation to Yamaha for selecting Kolkata as a venue and assured full co-operation to make the event a success. Mr. Ganguli also expressed strong hope for such tournament to generate football talents and thank Yamaha for their initiative.
Mr. Jun Nakata, Director – Sales and Marketing, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “We received an overwhelming response from football enthusiasts across the country during the first edition of ASEAN Cup U-13 Football held last year. With the second season of the tournament we are all geared up to provide a platform to children who have a passion for the game.”
“We have chosen Kolkata as the nerve center since it has been contributing to the game for more than 100 years now. It is the hub of Indian football with 75 registered clubs across the city. It has the distinction of holding more than 150 coaching camps and conducting 1400 matches per year. It is also home to some of the greatest football clubs India has ever seen and produced some equally great football legends.” he added.
Yamaha’s corporate culture has always given special importance to popularize, promote, and support a range of sports, including motorcycle racing. These activities are a direct reflection of the ‘spirit of challenge’ that the company values highly in its corporate culture as well as in its commitment to youth development and social contribution.
During the course of this event Yamaha will also be conducting the Yamaha Safe Riding Science program for young kids so that when they grow up, they become more responsible citizens by learning about traffic safety norms. The day long program will include classroom training sessions wherein the kids will learn the basics of road safety, importance of riding gear and also how to ride a bike. The children will learn these techniques from Yamaha licensed trainers.
For Yamaha customers, the company will also be hosting free bike checkups, test rides as well as display of Yamaha apparels and Daytona racing kits.