Record Participation for Grassroots festival in Aizawl
Mission XI Million grassroots festival held in Aizawl, Mizoram received an overwhelming response. More than 7500 children from over hundred schools participated in the festival. The record response received from this region itself is an indication of love for football in the region.
Children at the festival were given a chance to hone their skills and showcase them in front of their favorite footballers. Indian Football team players Jeje Lalpekhlua, Shylo Malsawmtluanga and Robert Lalthlamuana were present at the festival, which provided more enthusiasm for the children.
Hon’ble Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs, Shri Vijay Goel along with other dignitary’s including H Rohluna, Education Minister, Government of Mizoram; Zodin Tluanga, Sports Minister, Government of Mizoram and Hmingdailova Khiangte, Parliamentary Secretary, Government of Mizoram were present at the festival.
Expressing his happiness at the wide reception the grassroots programme had received in Aizawl, Tournament Director of the Local Organizing Committee for FIFA U-17 World Cup, Javier Ceppi said, “We are very happy with the response in Aizawl, with almost 7,500 kids coming to the MXIM Festival. It is an area known because of its passion for football and we are sure that there will be lots of talent identified here”.
A legacy project ahead of the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, the MXIM Festival in Mizoram is another milestone in the journey of the project. The objective of the Mission XI Million is to get 11 million children in touch with football before the FIFA U-17 World Cup begins in October later this year.