The EDU Football League fourth week matches were held on Sunday, February 9 at Bhode Saprai, a small village near Jamsher in Jalandhar district of Punjab.
Bhode Saprai is one of the satellite training centres where Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan imparts coaching to around 200 boys and girls below 16 years. Total 16 matches were conducted in U-12, U-14 and U-16 age groups at the mini stadium. The ‚Most valuable Player‘ of every match was awarded a sports jersey. Similarly, players who did well in life skills educational workshop were honoured.
YFC Rurka Kalan president Gurmangal Dass said: „The 3rd edition of EFL is a project for the better future of these children. Our aim is to help them in their careers and provide them a platform to showcase their football skills. I urge professional clubs to have a look at these players and scout the best players of EFL and nurture these talented players from Punjab.“
The first match of the second week of the league in U-12 category was a goalless draw between the host Everwear FA, Bhode Saprai and World Welfare Wing, Aluna Tola. In other Under12 encounters, Dashmesh FA, Jandiala drew 1-1 with Soccer FA, Kanha Dhesian, Baba Bhai Gurdial FA beat Total Football Academy, Bhode Saprai 1-0, Narinder Singh Purewal FA, Chak Muglani had a comfortable 3-0 victory against Baba Balwant Singh FA, Rurka Kalan, Khalsa FA, Attari snatched a 2-1 victory, scoring in the last minute of extra time against Bilga FA, while Shaheed Udham Singh FA beat YFC Rurka Kalan 3-0.
In U-14 age group, Rurka Kalan FA coasted to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Santokh Singh Bassi FA, Daljit Kaur FA, UK defeated Coca Cola FA, Rurka Kalan 5-0, Baba Dhyan Dass FA beat Kartar Singh Saraba FA 3-0, Parmar FC Aluna Tola had a goalless draw with STS FA, Kanha Dhesian. Cocacola FA, Rurka Kalan lost to Central Bank of India FA, Goraya by 2-0, while IndPro FA, Bhode Saprai rode on Jaspreet Singh‘ solitary strike to pip Jagbani FA, Rurka Kalan 1-0 in the last match of the U-14 category.
In U-16 age group, Rabbi Darbar FA, Shankar beat Nivia Sports FA Jalandhar 2-0, Shaheed Bhagat Singh FA Bode Saprai lost to Jonex FA, Chak Muglani by 2-0, YFC Bundala won 5-0 against Avon Cycles FA Ludhiana and the last match of EDU Football League between Philips FA Chandigarh and Guru Nanak Sports Academy lead to a goalless draw.
The aim of the league is to promote football as a tool for sustainable development and save youth from drugs. The 1,200 registered players of the league are closely monitored in physical, technical and tactical areas. These players are distributed in 50 teams which will play 7-A-Side football every Sunday. The league started on January 12 and ends on February 23. These kids are awarded with various freebies to keep their motivation levels high.