Mumbai: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), with a view to shape the future of the less privileged youth of the country, has associated with Slum Soccer to sponsor the ‘SPN National Inclusion Cup 2019’ for the third time in a row. This is the only national football tournament of its kind for underprivileged youth, which took place from 13th February to 17th February 2019 at the Mohammed Hussain Sports Ground, Mumbai.
The National Inclusion Cup kick started its first edition with Sony Pictures Networks in February 2017. This year, 48 teams from different states of India joined the tournament to compete against each other and there were 4 international teams from Nepal and Bangladesh. The Women’s team from Mumbai and the Men’s team from Sikkim emerged as the winners of the finale, which was held at Cooperage Ground in Mumbai.
Similar to the last two tournament editions, the extraordinary players of the Indian slum soccer teams will represent the country at the 17th Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, Wales, in 2019.
Highlights from the tournament were aired on the ‘Kick Off’ show on Sony TEN 2 and will also be available on SonyLIV.
Rajkumar Bidawatka – CSR Head, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), “We take immense pride in associating with Slum Soccer who share the passion and vision of empowering India’s youth. This partnership has been an incredible opportunity which not only recognizes talent but also contributes towards nurturing India’s true potential. At SPN, our constant endeavor is to create equal opportunities for every individual in the country”.
Vijay Barse, Founder, Krida Vikas Sansthan, “We are humbled by the response this initiative has garnered and the impact it has created. From our first National level tournament in 2003 to today in 2019, we have participated and organized several tournaments. Sony Pictures Networks India has been a rock solid support for our venture and has helped us reach new heights, for which we are grateful and thankful.”