WITH the aim of identifying, grooming, and training the next generation of youth footballers, a grassroots football festival supervised by the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) was held yesterday at the Grand Royal Stadium in Bago.
The festival opened with the announcement of the 12 teams participating in the U-14 football tournament 2019, which is scheduled to be held from 14-22 September at the same venue in Bago. Governmental officials from Bago Region, MFF officials and coaches, trainers from the Sports and Physical Education Department, and children from basic education schools in Bago and their parents attended the ceremony. The ceremony opened with the Myanmar Post and Telecommunications and Myanmar Care donating footballs to children.
The ceremony was well-attended, with children kicking balls into the net, eager to show their skills on the pitch, and posing for group photos with trainers. A total of 260 children participated in the festival yesterday.
Similar festivals will be held later at other cities in different states and regions, including Yangon, Pathein, Bago, Mawlamyaing, Taunggyi, Monywa, and Sittway, according to officials.