THE Kelab Aman Veterans Soccer 9s tournament turned out to be a fun event for some 260 participants from Malaysia and abroad recently.
The two-day event, held for the first time by the club, was open to participants above 40 years old, and 16 teams were involved in the games with the oldest player being a 66-year expatriate from Britain.
Some of the participating teams were Kelab Aman, Uniplast, IRC Seremban, Gold Coast Koala, Team Great Britain, Malaysian Grasshoppers and the Korean Veterans.
Organised with the aim of allowing all teams to enjoy the game, the concept allowed each team to play a minimum of six games over the two days.
After the first round grouping matches, the top two teams of each group qualified for the winners’ pool, while the bottom eight were in the plate’s pool.
Organising chairman Darshan Singh said the event was planned three months ago and received participants from foreign teams through word of mouth.
He added that entry fee for a team was RM1,500 and proceeds from the games would be used for the club’s youth development programmes.
He said the development programmes were targeted at sourcing out for young talents.
“We kicked off with a programme for kids a year ago and right now we are in the midst of registering the Kelab Aman Junior FC with the National Sports Council so we could do more with the use of some subsidy,” he said.
Sponsors for the event were Carlsberg and Heli Partners.
The champions for the Winners’ Pool was IRC Seremban and the team walked away with RM1,500, a trophy and medals, while the champions in the Plate’s Pool, Kulim Club received RM500, a trophy and medals.
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