9th Zahira Super 16 Soccer 7s for Peace Cup on 26 Oct.
Monday, 14 October 2013 00:00
Popular tournament among schools named ‘I am Sri Lankan – Play for Peace Cup’ by Past Prefects Association of Zahira College marking a decade of service
Text and pix by M. Farook Lantra
The Past Prefects Association (PPA) of Zahira College, Colombo will organise the Zahira Super 16 Soccer 7s for the ninth consecutive year on Saturday 26 October 2013 from 8:30 a.m. onwards at the College grounds in Maradana.
This is an inter-school invitational seven a side football tournament approved by the Ministry of Education and recommended by the Sri Lanka Schools Football Association.
The popular tournament’s Advisory Committee consists of officials from the Football Federation of Sri Lanka and representatives of Asian Football Congress. It is conducted annual from 2005 with the objective of “adding values to youth football in Sri Lanka”.
The PPA of Zahira College, Colombo was inaugurated in October 2003 and this year the Association will celebrate a decade of service to the College and society. In recognition of this milestone, the organisers will play the tournament with the theme ‘I am Sri Lankan – Play for Peace Cup’.
The organising committee has identified the importance of brotherhood and promoting peace and harmony within all religions and communities at school level and beyond.
Many ‘I am Sri Lankan – Play for Peace Cup’ activities will take place on the day of the tournament among participating team players.
This year the participating schools will comprise teams from North (Jaffna), South (Matara), East (Trinco) and West (Colombo.
The first round of the tournament will be conducted on a league basis in four groups. Based on placing in the first round, the teams will be drawn into four categories in the second round - Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield Championship. The Cup Winners will be given a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a total cash rewards and awards worth over Rs. 500,000 will be on offer to participants. This is also the first soccer tournament in the country which is offering such a cash prizes and awards at schools level.
The participating schools are Ananda College, Al Aqsa College, Kinniya, D.S. Senanayake College, De Mazenod College, Kandana, Hindu College, Bambalapitiya, Holy Cross College, Kalutara, Isipathana College, Manippai Hindu College, Jaffna, Maris Stella College, Negombo, St. Benedict’s College, St. Joseph’s College, St. Mary’s College, Kegalle, St. Thomas College, Matara, Wesley College, Zahira College, Colombo and Zahira College, Mawanella.
Platinum Sponsor of Zahira Super 16 Soccer 7s ‘I am Sri Lankan – Play for Peace Cup’ is Pyramid Wilmar Ltd., Gold Sponsor is Dialog Axiata Plc, Silver Sponsor is Amana Bank Plc., Bronze Sponsor is Roxette T-Shirts; Beverage Partner is Cool & Cool Asia Ltd., Go Green Partner is the Central Environmental Authority, Healthcare Partner is Hemas Hospitals, Equipment Partner is Renteverything.lk, Printing Partner is Winfield Advertising, Digital Media Partner is E-pola; Live Web Streaming Partner is www.thescore.lk; TV Media Partner is TV Derana; Print Media Partners are Veerakesari and Metro and Radio Partners are Sooriyan Fm and Hiru FM.
The organising committee invites all soccer enthusiasts to keep the date free to witness one of the premier schools soccer tournaments in the country where future stars will show their prowess