Mumbai: Palava (GNI): India’s first privately developed greenfield smart city, announced the winning team of its flagship annual futsal competition – The Palava Corporate Challenge that saw over 50 teams play over 200 matches and battle it out on a FIFA standard astroturf at the Palava Football Stadium. The winners Intelenet, who played a spectacular game in the 3-day challenge, were felicitated with a trophy and gift vouchers worth Rs. 30,000 by India’s legendary footballer, Padma Shri, Arjuna Award winner Bhaichung Bhutia during a grand finale held at Palava’s Football Stadium on February 18, 2017.
In addition to the football challenge winners, Bhaichung also met with the recipients of Palava Football Scholarship awarded to 20 children. The scholarship provides a platform for upcoming talent, to train with the best coaches in India. Palava had organized free football trials for children under-14 years, across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), who aspires to be future football champions.
While felicitating the scholarships, Bhaichung spoke to the children about his journey as a striker, who got an opportunity to be eventually the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaishav Dharia, Regional CEO, Palava said, “Since the inception of Palava, we have been striving to redefine lifestyles by providing citizens with the best of infrastructure and opportunities. Our efforts have resulted in building Palava into a well-knit community that enjoys state-of-the art facilities, be it sports, education, culture or more, and training under the guidance of expert professionals. The Palava Corporate Challenge is one of the few platforms introduced to encourage corporates to pursue their passion for recreational football and optimally utilize the best facilities available. In addition to the Palava Corporate Challenge, the city hosts awards annual scholarships to encourage children U-14, who don’t have the necessary facilities, to avail of professional coaching by experts from Kenkre Football Academy.
Adding to this, Bhaichung Bhutia said, “I am glad to witness the enthusiasm among corporates who played at the Palava Corporate Challenge. At events like these, it is great to see the affinity that is building towards football as this is very valuable to build support for the growth of football in our country. The FIFA standard astro turf at the Palava Football Stadium is among the best sport facilities available across the country and it is commendable to see the city is paying attention to the need for outdoor spaces for recreation.”
The Palava Corporate Challenge brings together corporate teams every year to play Rink Football, popularly known as Futsal, on Palava’s FIFA standard astro turf. This year the event witnessed record-breaking participation of over 50 teams from leading corporate houses such as Godrej, Wipro, J.P. Morgan, Tech Mahindra and many more competing for the title. The finals were played between defending champions Intelenet and WNS. In what could be called as nail-biting finale, the defending team went home as champions – Intelenet won the challenge.ends