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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