KARACHI – Agha Khan, Khara Dar won the Girls and Lyari Kakri won the U-14 Boys Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League Final which was recently held in Karachi. Earlier, Baldia Centre and KU Academy had won the U-10 and U-12 boys editions respectively. This league was sponsored by Standard Chartered, as part of its community service mandate to promote sports amongst children.
The final tournament was held at the Karachi United Stadium and was attended by more than 400 spectators hailing from different areas of Karachi.
The objective of the “Standard Chartered Karachi United Youth League” was to provide a platform for Youth football teams from across Karachi who came together, broke barriers and inculcated the spirit of competition. A total of 720 boys’ and 80 girls’ teams participated in the league which kicked off at Karachi United Stadium on 14th September 2018.
A total of 800 boys and girls from across Karachi participated in this tournament. 128 matches were played in different locations including Old Golimar, Clifton, Malir, Baldia, Liyari, Korangi and Mauripur. Through this tournament 12 community centres were engaged.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Ms. Khadija Hashimi, Head of Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing said, “This was a tremendous opportunity for us to further enhance our commitment to the communities in which we operate. The SC-KU league has enabled us to create opportunities, build healthy competition and inculcate respect in the local communities through sport. Standard Chartered has a long association with football. We are proud to support Goal, a global Standard Chartered community initiative, which enables financial education through sport for adolescent girls, in Pakistan. We hope that through Football we can bring a positive social benefit that is a unifying force across our communities in Karachi.”
Commenting on the league Mr. Imran Ali, Director Youth and Community at Karachi United said “This is the second season of the SC KU Youth League and we have seen some excellent competition, friendships and stories develop as a result of this. This kind of competition is necessary for our youth as through sport so many have embraced skills such as discipline, respect, team work which will help them in their lives. I would also like to specifically call out and thank the mentoring sessions by SC staff as many participants have been inspired through these. We value our partnership with SC and look forward to a good future.”