Gamesa Soccer League kick-starts in the City

September 26, 2015, Chennai

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Gamesa Soccer League 2014 kick starts in Chennai at the Madras School of Social Work ground.


Mr. R Nataraj (IPS) Former Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu, Mr Ramesh Kymal- Chairman and Managing Director, Gamesa Wind Turbines Pvt. Ltd., Akshay Madhavan- Chief Operations Officer, Slum Soccer, Dr. Abhijeet Barse, CEO-Slum Soccer, Mr. CD Jose-President, Madras School of Social Work, Chennai, Mr. A Loyola- Secretary, Madras School of Social Work and Dr. VA Vijayaraghavan, Principal, Madras School of Social Work were present at the inauguration

India has a burgeoning youth demographic, the biggest the World has ever witnessed. Nurturing this available talent to enable their contribution towards  the Country’s economy is every individual’s onus and that is what the Gamesa Soccer League (GSL) aims to achieve. 

Gamesa Football League (GSL) through the fun and popular game of Football, aims at enabling children around rural India to achieve their potential. The Game of Football can teach any individual the art of initiation and team spirit in the most thrilling way. Not only will this help boost the child’s self-confidence but will also help develop other life skills that will help minimise their vulnerability towards negative influences and promote a healthy and positive outlook towards life. Over one lakh students across India have benefited in other States and this holds well for the children residing in the 945 slum areas in around the city of Chennai.

From Jhopad pati football to Slum Soccer, Football has inspired the lives of many children from the slum areas. The Gamesa Soccer League has adopted 7 teams constituting players residing in and around wind farm sites in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The teams are currently undergoing an exhaustive 6 month training programme characterised with a strict exercise and dietary regime charted out by professional coaches.

This training will equip the players to compete against other teams from clubs, corporates and institutes across India in the mega GSL Final to be held in Chennai during mid-2015.

About GSL

The Gamesa Super League is a collaborative effort by Gamesa, a leading player in the Indian wind power market and Slum Soccer, an NGO based in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

An outreach programme, Gamesa Soccer League 2014 – is aimed at addressing youth and the social issues that plague them in the Gamesa’s areas of operations primarily in Chennai and other wind farm areas in the state of Tamilnadu. The Company has partnered with Slum Soccera sports for development organization using sport to bring in social change in the societies among youth.

This pilot project will be scaled to other states in the future. While Slum Soccer will govern and implement this project, Madras School of Social Work, Chennai will function as the Knowledge partner who will be involved throughout the tournament for research documentation and impact assessment.