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Schools football tournament a success in Armenia

Published: Thursday 14 July 2011, 10.00CET
The Football Federation of Armenia organised a national schools football competition involving a total of 3,400 children as part of its attempts to raise the game's profile in the country.
by Lala Yeritsyan
Schools football tournament a success in Armenia
Areni are crowned tournament champions ©HFF
Published: Thursday 14 July 2011, 10.00CET

Schools football tournament a success in Armenia

The Football Federation of Armenia organised a national schools football competition involving a total of 3,400 children as part of its attempts to raise the game's profile in the country.

The efforts of the Football Federation of Armenia (HFF) to further the development of the game and increase interest have borne fruit with a national championship that attracted more than 3,000 young people.

The HFF organised its nationwide schools football tournament for youngsters aged between ten and 12 under the auspices of its grassroots department, headed by Marina Tashchyan. With schools from ten of Armenia's provinces as well as the capital Yerevan taking part, the competition involved a total of 3,400 children, plus their physical education teachers, from 424 educational institutions.

The championship ran between 4 April and 22 May, with each team consisting of five boys and three girls. The final – won by the Areni side against Vanadzor – was broadcast on Armenian television, after which both sets of players were presented with footballs and iPods by HFF vice-president Armen Minasyan.

In arranging such a well-subscribed football tournament, the federation hoped to engage as many children as possible and encourage them to resume their interest in sport. The overwhelming consensus was that the competition had been a positive influence on all participants.

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