The first season of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League wraps up

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Players in Action at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League
Players in Action at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League
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The first season of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League wraps up with participation from over 1500 boys and girls from Mizoram across the age categories of U7, U9, U11, and U13

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– 40 local kids were selected for a week-long experiential trip at RFYC academy in Mumbai.

-As part of the Coach Education and Development program enable 17 local coaches to get their E -License.

Aizawl / Mumbai June 19th, 2023: 

The Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League which kicked off in November 2023, concluded at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Aizawl with the Inter district finals being played between Aizwal and Champai, with the Aizawl A (MFA Grassroots A) winning in the U11 category and Champai B (Best of the Rest) winning the title at the U13 category.

The Naupang league, which ran over seven months across the four districts of Aizawl, Champhai, Lunglei, and Kolasib saw a participation of over 160 teams with 1500+ boys and girls under the age group of U7, U9, U11, and U13.

Reliance Foundation, the CSR arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), and Mizoram Football Association had joined hands to create a complete hyper-local pathway and decentralized approach to grassroots football in the state through Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) Naupang (Children) League.

Players in Action at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League
Players in Action at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League

Lalnghinglova Hmar / Tetea Hmar, Honorary Secretary, Mizoram Football Association & Executive Committee Member, AIFF, said, “We are very happy to partner with Reliance Foundation for the Naupang League. Many young children get to follow their passion with the correct support, infrastructure, and approach. This is something we only see in Western countries, but we are so happy this is a practice in Mizoram. Thanks to Reliance Foundation and RFYC, we have children play 30 games in a league in a season. And not only children, but even their parents and the whole community come together to support these young children by funding their transportation to the ground and food, which is incredibly encouraging.”

A spokesperson from Reliance Foundation said “Mizoram has a very strong culture of football and the children play the game from a very young age. Keeping this in mind, we set up the Naupang League here to allow children to enjoy football as a sport, to help them grow as better individuals and players who could go on to do wonders for the state of Mizoram in the future on the national and international stage. Since we began 7 months back, there has been tremendous response and participation, and we cannot wait for Mizoram and India to reap the benefits of the Naupang League in the future.”  

Champai B (Best of the Rest) won the title at the U13 category at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League Inter District Championship
Champai B (Best of the Rest) won the title at the U13 category at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League Inter District Championship

The League saw coaches and parents come together to encourage children across crucial age groups who got to play at least 30 competitive matches in this span of seven months.

Jessie Lalmawizuala, the coach of the winning U13 team from Champai, said “I think Reliance Foundation did a great job in organizing The Naupang League. It really helps all the kids, even the ones who cannot afford to go to an academy. I think it is really a great opportunity for every single one. And I think all the kids from Mizoram that participated have really improved through this tournament. I believe a lot of things will happen in the future and a lot of Mizo players will get a lot of opportunities. The more they play the game, the more they get the understanding tremendously.”

Apart from ensuring maximum game time for the kids, Reliance Foundation Young Champs through programs like Coach Education and Development enabled 17 coaches with E -License and empowered them for a better future. RFYC through its scouts also selected around 40 kids for a week-long experiential trip to the RFYC academy in Mumbai.

Aizawl A (MFA Grassroots A) celebrating after winning the U11 title at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League Inter District Championship
Aizawl A (MFA Grassroots A) celebrating after winning the U11 title at the Reliance Foundation Young Champs Naupang League Inter District Championship

About Reliance Foundation Sports:

Reliance Foundation celebrates the spirit of sports – joy, health, grit, determination, winning, and losing. And works to ensure that more and more children and youth from all sections of society are able to play sports and, in the process, build a fitter, stronger, and more active India. Our initiatives have touched the lives of over 21.5 million young people since 2013 across the country from 13,000+ schools and colleges, enabling an opportunity for a talented kid anywhere to be able to achieve their dream of a career/glory in sports. We are especially committed to ensuring more presence and success of girls and women athletes in India and design our programmes in a manner that offers them maximum opportunities. At Reliance Foundation, we hope to be the wind beneath the wings of Indian sportspersons and help them reach their true potential.

The Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) academy launched in May 2015 with the vision of identifying talented young footballers and providing them with an environment of excellence to unlock their potential both on and off the pitch. Supported entirely by the Reliance Foundation, each year RFYC offers fully funded scholarships to young talents from across the country following a comprehensive yearlong scouting process. For more information on RFYC initiatives please go to https://www.rfyoungchamps.org/

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