Dhaka, June 19 (UNB) - The first edition of Under-16 National Women’s Football Championship’ 2019, a talent hunt programme, will kick off on Thursday at six different zonal venues across the country.
For the first time, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and Unicef are jointly organising the talent hunt football programme through this championship to find out new talents from the country.
A total of 39 district teams out of 64, split into six zones -- Gopalganj, Jashore, Khagrachhari, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Rajshahi -- will compete in the preliminary round of the championship on the knockout basis.
BFF women’s wing chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron disclosed this at a press conference at the BFF House on Wednesday.
Chief of Unicef Communication, Advocacy and Partnership Jean Jacques Simon and Unicef Communication, Advocacy and Partnership Officer Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.
“Six zonal champions and two best runners-up teams, split into two groups, will play the final round scheduled to be held in July in Dhaka,” Kiron said.
Emphasising on the importance of women’s sports, Jean Jacques Simon said, “Sports are not only a physical activity, but it has a direct connection with learning. In Bangladesh, sports are allowing girls to achieve anything.”
All the teams will get participation money of Tk 15,000 each for the preliminary round while Tk 20,000 each for the final round.
All the teams will get Tk 5,000 for their wins in the preliminary and final round.
The champions will be awarded with Tk 50,000 while the runners-up team will get Tk 25,000 as prize money.