The Jamshedpur Golden Baby League 2023 saw its highest single-day attendance so far as a total of 115 players participated in the fifth week of the tournament at the Archery ground at JRD Tata Sports Complex.
Since its inception, this was the busiest day for the league, owing to an increased number of matches and more teams registering for the tournament after a successful first few weeks for the grassroots program.
Jamshedpur Public School (JPS) was among the new additions to the Golden Baby League last week alongside the other partner schools such as Loyola School and Carmel School.
The second edition of the Jamshedpur Golden Baby League 2023, hosted by Jamshedpur FC in conjunction with the Jharkhand Football Association (JFA) and Jharkhand Sporting Association (JSA) has been divided into U5, U7, U9, U11 and U13 categories for the benefit of kids across the city.
The 10-month-long tournament will be held every Sunday morning at the Archery ground at JRD Tata Sports Complex to nurture development and add to the existing grassroots school program run by the club during the week after school hours.
Week five saw the highest numbers in the U13 category, with 36 students taking part in two separate matches in this age category taking place.
An early kickoff to proceedings on a warm Sunday morning was met with more excitement than ever by kids as well as their parents, who came in large numbers to support the little ones.
Cadets from the Jamshedpur FC Youth Team (TFA) were on hand to help with officiating while physiotherapists from the first team helped with any injury concerns to the players.
Week five saw two matches each in the U5, U9, U11 and U13 categories, with just one match in the U7 category.
The following are the results from week five of the Jamshedpur Golden Baby League:
U5 category: Sagar Star 10-1 Target FC
U5 category: Veer Star 3-5 Blue Ranger
U7 category: Red Head Busters 3-7 Black Dragon
U9 category: JPS Warriors 2-8 Carmel Fighters
U9 category: JPS Tigers 1-1 JPS Juniors
U11 category: Stringy Strikers 5-2 Red Dragons
U11 category: JPS Kings 1-1 JPS Lions
U13 category: Jamshedpur Super Kings 10-4 Loyola Soccer School Jamshedpur
U13 category: JPS Soccer 9’s 1-1 PJP XI