2012 Mahindra Youth Football Challenge finals

The inter-city leg of the second edition of the Mahindra Youth Football Challenge will kick-off later today at the Bangalore Football Stadium and will finish with the final on April 24. Six schools qualified from over 250 schools, who will play for the title of the national Mahindra Youth Football Challenge under-14 champions.

The six participating schools - St. Aloysius High School, Bangalore; CRPF School, Delhi; St. Britto's High School, Goa; Malabar Special Police (MSP) Higher Secondary School, Malappuram, Kerala; Pandua High School, Kolkata and Don Bosco High School, Matunga, Mumbai - will play each other in a round robin league and the top two sides would meet again on Tuesday, April 24 in the finals.

Prior to the national finals the six participating schools had a four-day clinic under Celtic's Senior Football Development Officer Mark Reid along with Academy coaches Jose Romero, Mark Tobin and Tom McKay. The coaches are in Bangalore to have a look at the tournament to select the best players and give the schools and their coaches inputs on modern day youth football training.

The Mahindra Youth Football Challenge has tied-up with Scottish giants Celtic Glasgow FC and 22 children will be selected from the national schools finals for three-day coaching clinic from April 25 onwards and then the three to four most talented kids will get a chance to visit Glasgow for 10 days to see Celtic in action, their facilities and more.

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