PANAJI: The Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) in association with Myles High Bake House organised a Children’s Day event on November 14 with a jog for life and a football penalty shootout tournament for school children.
A total 12 teams, 8 boys and 4 girls, participated in the penalty shootout tournament in which Don Bosco High School, Panaji emerged winners in the boys category, while Rosary High School, Dona Paula won in the girls category.
RJ Savio Noronha kept the event lively with lot of interaction with children by testing their football knowledge with questions. There was a 5 minute on the spot Zumba dance session led by Cecil which was well received by the participants and all present. The dignitaries present were Dr Rufino Monteiro, GFDC Chairman, Mr Elvis Gomes, GFDC Member Secretary and Executive Director SAG, Mr Andrew Dias and Ms Tina Fernandes, Directors of Myles High Bake House, Dr Manoj Borkar of Carmel College- Nuvem, GFDC members Mr Shantaram Naik, Mr Sheikh Suleman Karol and Mr Prashant Timblo.
Dr Monteiro addressing the children asked them to be focussed on the game if they wanted to achieve excellence and promised them all help from GFDC to attain their goal, as grass-root development of football is the primary aim of the government through GFDC. The winners and the runners-up were handed out the trophies and medals. Besides, certificates were also given to all the participants.
Earlier, Dr Monteiro flagged-off the jog for life, which was held at Patto. Police personnel and an ambulance accompanied the children throughout the jog. The penalty shootout was kick-started by Dr Monteiro and Mr Elvis Gomes with Mr Andrew Dias as goalkeeper.