- Around 4,000 players were spotted at STAIRS School Football League (SSFL) Grassroots camps held across Delhi over last three months and finally 130 football players were chosen
- The selected players include 26 girl players
- Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, felicitated the players; inspired them to work hard to win and wished them good luck for the forthcoming competition
- The selected players have undergone fundamental training with Hindustan Football Club
- The chosen footballers will be a part of STAIRS’ teams competing amongst regular schools in SSFL
Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director of Uflex, India's largest flexible packaging company, felicitated 130 budding footballers spotted and chosen from over 4,000 children across Delhi.
The spotting and selection of the chosen children was done at STAIRS School Football League (SSFL) Grassroots camps that were organized by STAIRS with support from Uflex. The objective of the camps was to –
a) Engage as many children as possible with football to build a football culture at the grassroots,
b) Select a few promising players and provide them with professional training, and
c) Give them an opportunity to showcase their talent at SSFL- the first step towards playing professional football.
The selected players will form eight teams of STAIRS that include two girls’ teams in age groups under-14 and under-17 and four boys’ teams – two each for the same age groups.
The felicitation ceremony took place at Uflex Corporate Office in Noida, where children spent quality time with Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi and the Senior Management Team and they apprised about the fun and the learning experiences they had at the SSFL Grassroots camps.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi said, "I am pleased to see such a large number of children taking up sports at the grassroots level. I am especially amazed to see the confidence of the girls’ teams, I am sure it has been built while practicing football. It feels really great to see how our efforts to build sporting culture at the grassroots, in association with Team STAIRS, are really bringing about a difference. The idea is to positively channelize the tremendous energy and potential that these children have and sports is the best way to do that. I am extremely happy that we are supporting such a noble cause.” He called upon the children to bring out the true sportsperson in them and win the CUP.”
Mr. Siddhartha Upadhyay, Founder and Secretary General, STAIRS, said, “I thank Mr. Ashok Chaturvedi and Team Uflex for felicitating the young talent that we have carefully nurtured over the years. With Uflex deciding to support SSFL for five years, I am sure we will be able to achieve our goal of fulfilling every child's universal right to play.”
SSFL will be officially launched on 26 August 2015 at Thyagraj Sports Complex, New Delhi. The idea of the event is to boost football culture among young children. The event is solely meant for the children under 14 years and under 17 years of age and follows the FIFA World Cup format. It will begin with league matches at over 10 different venues across four zones in Delhi while the semi-final and final games will be played at the central venue. All the school teams intending to participate also have to go through the qualifier rounds.
The league has become one of the most significant ‘talent spotting’ platforms for clubs and bodies seeking to acquire talent at an early age. While many officials and individuals from professional bodies keep their eyes on the budding players during the matches, selectors from international foreign clubs watch ‘live streaming’ of important matches and even call for recorded videos to see performance of promising players.
In the first edition of SSFL last year, over 500 schools had applied and only 128 of them could qualify to participate in the league and the number is expected to double this time around.
STAIRS also fields six teams (under-14 and under-17) that get a wild card entry to the event as they are selected through spotting camps across Delhi and then trained by professionals.
This year’s STAIRS team comprises players chosen out of over 4,000 players from across Delhi. Last year, the STAIRS team had ranked fourth in the tournament.
Uflex Limited is the largest fully integrated Indian flexible packaging solution provider to a range of clients across industries both in India and overseas. It enjoys a formidable market presence in more than 140 countries. Since its inception back in 1983, Uflex has grown from strength to strength to evolve as a truly Indian Multinational with consumers spread across the world. Uflex today has state-of-the-art packaging facilities at multiple locations in India with installed capacity of over 99,000 TPA. Uflex has plastic film manufacturing facilities in India, UAE, Mexico Egypt, Poland and USA with cumulative installed capacity in excess of 337,000 TPA.
Uflex Film lines are accredited with ISO 9001, 14001 and HACCP certifications. Uflex caters to markets spanning across the globe in countries like USA, Canada, South American countries, UK and other European Countries, Russia, South Africa, CIS, Asian and African nations. Integrated within its core business profile are allied businesses like Engineering, Cylinders and Chemicals which further give Uflex a superior edge above competition. Uflex Limited is also a part of the D&B Global Database and winner of various prestigious national and international awards for its products’ excellence. Uflex Ltd offers technologically superior packaging for a wide variety of products such as snack foods, candy and confectionery, sugar, rice & other cereals, beverages, tea & coffee, dessert mixes, noodles, wheat flour, soaps and detergents, shampoos & conditioners, vegetable oil, spices, marinates & pastes, cheese & dairy products, frozen food, sea food, meat, anti-fog, pet food, pharmaceuticals, contraceptives, garden fertilizers and plant nutrients, motor oil and lubricants, automotive and engineering components etc.
Some of Uflex Limited’s clients on the global turf include Unilever, Pepsi, Wrigley, Procter & Gamble, Colgate, Palmolive, Nestle, Gillette, Ranbaxy, Perfetti, Joyco, Monsanto, ITC, Godrej Pillsbury, Tata Tea, Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil, Britannia, Dabur, Haldiram, Wockhardt, HUL, Parle Biscuit, Birla 3M, among others.
STAIRS is a New Delhi-headquartered not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) which aims to empower the underprivileged youth of India. It is committed to providing opportunities to the young Indians so that they lead a life of dignity. The NGO, which started in 2000, nurtures the talented sportsmen at the bottom-of-the-pyramid to ensure sports become a mean of earning a living.
STAIRS also organizes educational and health programmes and educates youth about the dignity of labour and equality irrespective of caste, creed or sex. STAIRS operates through its 300 centres spread across six states in India.