Fifa U-17 World Cup 2017: Mission XI Million reaches out to 2000 schools across India

New Delhi: The legacy project of the Fifa Under-17 football World Cup, Mission XI Million, reached the landmark of reaching out to 2000 schools across India on Saturday.

An All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the Indian government initiative, the pioneering programme reached the milestone at Government Secondary School in Chimpu which is a city situated in the far east corner of the country in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, according to a release.

The tournament will take place from 6-28 October 2017. AFP

The tournament will take place from 6-28 October 2017. AFP

Tournament Director of the Fifa U-17 World Cup, Javier Ceppi remarked, "This is a very important landmark. Mission XI Million is what will truly change the future of Indian football and the way the sport is perceived by kids all around the country.

"Imagine that football has now become the sport of choice of 2000 schools in 14 states, so the potential is enormous. We are changing the landscape of football and sport in India."

Taje Mara, a physical education teacher at the school, expressed his delight at his school being the school to reach this milestone and said, "I am elated with our school's involvement in Mission XI Million. The children have shown a lot of enthusiasm playing football and seeing them enjoy on the field with a ball at their feet makes me very happy."

Mission XI Million aims to take the game of football to at least 11 million boys and girls in all 29 states and the UT of Delhi before the Fifa U-17 World Cup begins in October later this year.

Updated Date: Mar 04, 2017 19:37 PM

Also Watch

IPL 2018: Royal Challengers Bangalore eye revival against Chennai Super Kings as 'Cauvery Derby' comes back to life
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 It's A Wrap: Beyond the Clouds stars Ishaan Khatter, Malavika Mohanan in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See