Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) 2018-19 is set to kickstart and it is well on-course to become one of the largest grassroots sporting events in India.
The registrations for the RFYS 2018-19 is now open! Participants who wish to register for any event can do so via their institute and team details.
In association with Athletics Federation of India (AFI), the RFYS Athletics Elite Camp concluded in high spirits on 24th June in Bengaluru.
With an aim to provide competitive edge to athletes and further developing talented medal prospects, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) has launched the RFYS Athletics Elite Camp in association with Athletics Federation of India (AFI)
By the end of 2017, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS), had already made a name for itself as one of the best tournaments in the country to find India’s future football superstars. India’s appetite to excel in all kinds of sports was growing by the day and athletics is one such sport that India needed to put its stamp on. The addition of RFYS Athletics in the second season meant that the hunt for India’s next-gen athletes, who would represent the nation at the world stage had begun. RFYS was already finding footballing talents like Ajith Sivan and now it was time to find athletes that would represent India at the Olympics in the future. In its inaugural season, RFYS Athletics held competitions in eight different venues across India. Track events like 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m as well Long Jump, High Jump and Triple Jump were conducted as part of the tournament. The eight cities to host these events were Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kozhikode, Kolkata and Chandigarh. Over 2500 Institutes and 9000 athletes registered for the events across the eight cities. The winner among these would go on to compete against each other in the National Championship in Mumbai. In the first season itself, many athletes came close to beating the National Record in their respective events. Nehal S clocked an impressive finish time of 11.04 seconds in the Junior Boys 100m race and was just 0.03 seconds behind the national record of 11.01 seconds whereas in the Junior Boys High Jump event, Mohamed Asif finished with a jump of 2.01m and fell just 0.02m short of the national record 2.03m. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment so far was that over 2400 Girl Athletes registered for RFYS in its first season itself. Over 90 students were recognized for their extraordinary talent and given scholarships by RFYS. A great first season for RFYS Athletics wrapped up with the National Championship in Mumbai and by the end of the tournament, RFYS had conducted more than 3000 events across India. As the scale of the event is set to grow bigger each year, the countdown for the upcoming season has begun. To know more about different events and their winners, visit us on www.rfyouthsports.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to know when the registration for the upcoming season begins.
Buildup to the National Championship Final It’s been almost four months since the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) 2017-18 Football National Championship concluded in Mumbai. After a successful first season in 2016, which covered eight cities, RFYS expanded even further and reached out to young, budding footballers in 17 cities all over India. The tournament started in Kochi where Mrs. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of RFYS, inaugurated the season along with ISL’s Kerala Blasters player CK Vineeth. After successfully conducting City and Zonal Championships in multiple cities, the RFYS Football National Championship commenced on 29th December in Mumbai. The players from all over the country made Beverly Park, Mumbai their home for the National Championship. The kids were welcomed to their rooms with a special box that had customized jerseys provided by RFYS. They also engaged in various off the field activities which included playing indoor games in a dedicated chill zone and doing a lip-read challenge. Also, a special New Year party was organized for the kids which included cutting a cake along with singing performances as well as cultural dancing. All these fun activities made sure that the kids had a blast during their stay and went home with some memorable moments. Highlights To start off the National Championship final, Minerva Public School faced off against Rosary Higher Secondary School in the Senior Boys category. The stage was set for Minerva Public School to win this highly hyped up contest and they dominated the proceedings from the word go. Their determination paid off in the 10th minute when they struck the ball in Rosary’s nets. Rosary had the chance to get back in the game after being 2-0 down when they were awarded a penalty. But luck wasn’t on their side as they missed it and later conceded two goals more in the second half. At the end of the full-time whistle, the score read 4-0 in Minerva’s favour and they were crowned the Senior Boys Football Champions. The second final was played between the School Girls, wherein Umthli Secondary School took on P.S. Senior Secondary School. Umthli were the clear favourites owing to their dominance in the City and Zonal Championships and also due to their main striker Nisilia Majaw’s form throughout the tournament. P.S Senior Secondary School put on a good defensive show in the first half and kept it 0-0 at half-time. In the second half, Umthli Secondary School put the foot on the pedal and broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. Shortly after that, they scored three more goals and ended the game as 4-0 winners. Nisilia scored a brace and was awarded the Player of the Match for her match winning performance. The third final was in the Junior Boys category where the immensely talented players from Minerva Public School, Chandigarh, were the favourites to lift the trophy. Coming into the final with an undisputed record in the National Championship, they squared up against The Unique Model Academy, Imphal. Surprisingly, The Unique Model drew first blood and took the lead in the 3rd minute of the game after which Minerva reacted strongly and equalized two minutes later. At full-time, the game ended in a 3-3 stalemate and the match went to penalty shootouts. In the end, The Unique Model rose to the occasion and snatched victory from Minerva Public School. There’s nothing sweeter in the game of Football than making a comeback in the dying minutes of the game. It was a neutral spectator’s dream come true when Baselius College and Zakir Hussain College took on each other for the College Boys title. Baselius College scored a goal in the 34th minute of the game and managed to keep a good attacking side like Zakir Hussain quiet for most of the game. A couple of substitutions turned the momentum in Zakir Hussain’s favour and they finally equalized in the 86th minute, giving a new impetus to the game. The match looked all set to go to penalty shootout when Karmanya Bansal beat Baselius’ goalkeeper and made it 2-1 for Zakir Hussain in the 92nd minute of the game. As the full-time whistle was blown, a joyful Zakir Hussain side had completed a famous comeback to be crowned the RFYS College Boys Champions. Season 3 Coming Soon A power packed second season came to a befitting end in Mumbai and set up a great foundation for the next season of RFYS. The upcoming season is scheduled to start in the second half of the year and it promises to be the biggest season ever. Keep following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to know when the registration period starts for RFYS 2018-19.