Mr. Sharlin Thayil, CEO of Bharti Airtel, Andhra Pradesh circle speaking on the occasion thanked the Media for giving excellent support which is critical for public awareness. “The aim of the event is to nurture young talent which will represent India on the world stage. Airtel has been conducting the event in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and the final teams will be trained by the Manchester United Club coaches” said Mr. Sharlin. He also encouraged the kids who are not selected and advised them not to get disheartened and continue in the spirit of sport with confidence as the event will come back next year.
The experienced and watchful eyes of the coaches judged the players on their performance, taking into consideration their physical and mental strengths, expertise in position, and technical acumen. Based on their expertise in the city camp, Maheshwar Reddy from Andhra Pradesh Sports School, Teja Pawan Kumar from Andhra Pradesh Sports School and Aamir Anwar from Nasar Boys School were selected. The three footballers from Hyderabad will join players from 16 other centres to participate in the six-day final selection trial, scheduled to take place in Bangalore this September.
The 129 footballers who were shortlisted on Day 1 & Day 2 but failed to make it to the camp will get another opportunity to make their ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ dream come true next season. They will also receive Manchester United certificates, signed by none other than Sir Alex Fergusson.
Launched in association with Manchester United (one of the best soccer clubs in the world), ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ is a rigorous scouting program that will cover 16 cities across India and choose 12 talented footballers who will get the chance-of-a-
These best players from Hyderabad will join 45 other players, who will be divided into four teams of 12 each and will be tested on all parameters (including physical attributes, individual skills, match situations and their performances in actual matches) before 12 of the best players are chosen to travel to Manchester United for a week and to train alongside the Manchester United Academy team.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 255 million customers across its operations at the end of May 2012. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com
About Manchester United
Manchester United is the world’s most popular football club, with an estimated 333 million fans and was recently named by Forbes magazine as the most valuable sports club in the world. Founded in 1878, the Club has won a record 19th English league championships to add to its record 11 English FA Cups, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 4 English League Cups. Its Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, is the most successful manager in British history. Off the field, the Club enjoys similar success with record turnover for a British club and the highest operating profit levels in world football.