Old Anandians soccer 7’s to promote peace
The seventh annual seven-a-side soccer tournament for schools
organised by Old Anandians Football Association will be conducted this
year on a new format for Sam Chandrasinghe Challenge Trophy on July 4
and 5 at Reid Avenue Ground Old Anandian FA has decided to join hands
with ‘Tharunyata Hetak Foundation with the sole intention of joining
North South through sports.
With this new set up the organisers have invited ten schools from
North and East to compete in this under 17 tournament Thus expanding the
number of teams to 48.
This will also have a new set of awards Sam Chandrasinghe Challenge
Trophy, for champions plate and bowl. This will give an opportunity for
the losing teams to be in battle for a further period.
The ten teams from North and East comprise two teams each from Ampara
Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Jaffna and Vavuniya. These details were
disclosed at a press briefing held at Tharuynata Hetak Foundation
auditorium yesterday chaired by Vice Admiral Sarath Weerasekera.
Piumi Perera Secretary Tharuyata Hetak Foundation said that it is the
opportune time to bring in peace through sports. With this motive the
Tharuynata Hetakn a Foundation working towards the betterment of the
young generation decided to join hands with the Old Anandians’ Football
Association to promote peace through this project.
Sam Chandrasinghe said that he hopes to expand this tournament
further by adding more teams next year to develop the sport which needs
more attention from the grass roots level. He said that he is prepared
to continue his support in the future too.
The tournament will commence at 9.30 with a colourful opening
ceremony and will come to a close the following day with the sponsor Sam
Chandrasena as the chief guest at 4.30 p.m.
It was also noted that all outstations teams will be provided with
accommodation and meals.
2003 Weluwana MV, Colombo, 2004 Lumbini MV Colombo, 2005 St.
Benedict’s College, Colombo, 2006 St. Thomas College, Matara, 2007 St.
Benedict’s College, Colombo, 2008 Zahira College Colombo.