65 promising players chosen on second day of ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ Mumbai
Mumbai, Airtel Rising Stars – India’s largest under-16 soccer talent hunt – got on to a higher level on Day two with almost 900 young participants presenting themselves at the city’s St Xaviers Grounds, Parel, to display their skills.
The unique format of ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ ensured that each player at the camp got an equal opportunity and time to demonstrate his skills, overseen by officially certified and renowned coaches. All the players showed tremendous potential, confidence and enthusiasm to prove their capability. Parents, friends and mentors cheered all these footballers to play their best game.
Players were shortlisted purely based on their talent and expertise. These included technical and tactical skill, physical and mental strength, social skills, behavior, communication, discipline, enthusiasm and fair play.
Spread over three months, the talent hunt will be conducted in 16 Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Panaji, Kolkata, Bangalore, Calicut, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Shillong, Pune, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Chennai, Hyderabad and Jaipur, all with the support of the respective State and District Football Associations.
Launched in association with Manchester United (one of the best soccer clubs in the world), ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ is a rigorous scouting program that will cover 16 cities across India and choose 12 talented footballers who will get the chance-of-a-lifetime to attend a week long training camp at Manchester United Soccer Schools.
The best three players from each of the 16 cities will be picked to attend a final six-day camp-cum-selection trial conducted by coaches from Manchester United. 48 players will be divided into four teams of 12 each and will be tested on all parameters (including physical attributes, individual skills, match situations and their performances in actual matches) before 12 of the best players are chosen to travel to Manchester United for a week and to train alongside the Manchester United Academy team.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 255 million customers across its operations at the end of May 2012. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com
About Manchester United
Manchester United is the world’s most popular football club, with an estimated 333 million fans and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable sports club in the world. Founded in 1878, the Club has won a record 19th English league championships to add to its record 11 English FA Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 4 English League Cups. Its Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the most successful manager in British history. Off the field, the Club enjoys similar success with record turnover for a British club and the highest operating profit levels in world football.