The Educational Football League second week matches were held on Sunday at Chak Muglani, a small village in the Nakodar tehsil of Jalandhar district in east Punjab.
Chak Muglani is one of the satellite training centres where Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan imparts coaching to around 200 boys and girls below 16 years. A total of 17 matches were conducted in the U-12, U-14 and U-16 age groups at the mini stadium. The ‘Most valuable Player’ of every match were awarded a sports jersey. Similarly, players who did well in the life skills educational workshop were also honoured.
YFC Rurka Kalan president Gurmangal Dass said: “Having already organized two editions of EDU Football League for 2,000 underprivileged children, we have now taken this further opportunity to use the power of football to change even more children’s lives. We wish to emulate this league in all over Punjab. I hope more people come forward and support this charitable cause.”
The first match of the second week of the league took place in the Under-12 category between Chak Muglani FA and Village Tigers FA, Kanha Dhesian which the host team lost by 2-0. In other U-12 encounters, Everwear FA Jalandhar won by 1-0 against Soccer Stars FA Kanha Dhesian, Bilga FA beat Narinder Singh Purewal FA 2-0, Khalsa FC defeated GNA Enterprises FA 2-1, Total Football Academy won 3-0 against YFC Rurka Kalan whereas World Welfare Wing FA & Master Subhdeviraj FA played a goalless draw.
In the U-14 age group, Attari Academy, the farthest team in EDU Football League from Indo-Pak border, beat Central Bank of India FA Goraya 3-0. Shankar FA had a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Kartar Singh Saraba FA, Capital Bank FA lost to Baba Dhyan Das FA by a solitary goal, Dashmesh Youth FA Chak Muglani pumped 5 goals past Baba Bhai Sadhu FA and Parmar FC Aluna Tola beat Jagbani FA 3-0. The derby match between CocaCola FA Rurka Kalan and YFC Rurka Kalan ended in a 4-0 victory for YFC Rurka Kalan.
In the Un-16 age category, Jonex FA beat YFC Bundala 2-0, Head master Ujjagar Singh FA lose to Rabbi Darbar by 1-0, Alive For Football Academy beat YFKC Kanha Dhesian 2-0 and the match between Avon Cycles FA Ludhiana and Guru Nanak Sports Academy ended in a 1-1 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 it is scheduled to end on February 23. The kids will be awarded with various freebies to keep their motivation levels high.