Dateline – Saturday, 15 June 2019 @ RSC Bukit Kiara

There were unexpected showers in the early hours of Saturday, 15 June. Our Junior Soccer In-house event was scheduled to kick off at 8.00 am at RSC Bukit Kiara. There were already a few of our young players at Kiara at 7.00 am despite the steady drizzle. One could see the enthusiasm and expectation on their faces. By 7.30 am, there was a hive of activity at the Pavilion area. Parents, Players, Coaches and officials were present to ensure that our Football festival would kick off on time! After a short briefing for the team managers & referees, the event was ready to go!

The age groups (U8, U10, U12, U14 & U18) were divided into individual teams by the respective age group coaches. To add some colour to the event, age group teams were named after European, South American, Spanish, German & English League teams. To create more excitement and commitment, Parents became Team Managers for the day! Most parents went out of their way to attire their teams with the respective team colours. It was most exciting & colourful to see teams wearing their respective replica jerseys. Teams like England, Germany, Argentine, Brazil, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City were represented with the players wearing their replica jerseys.

The event kicked off on time and continued till noon. Team Managers were fully engrossed and involved in the matches. Shouting instructions and coaxing the players to perform better to obtain a win. Many parents were also encouraging young players to play better! The age group finals were played from 12.00 noon to 12.30 pm. After the tiring finals were completed, all the players were feted to a buffet lunch. The prize presentation ceremony was held immediately after lunch where all the winners & participants were awarded medals for their efforts.

All in all, our youthful players and parents had a great day out at Kiara.

J B Buddilal