Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is all set to introduce the National School U-16 Football Championship with participating 130 schools across the country in February next, reports BDNEWS.
Aktivision Integrated Marketing Action Group earned the right of the football championship for three years paying Tk 3.5 million (35 lakh) for the first year.
The following year the marketing group will play fifteen per cent additional money next year and same for the third year.
BFF President SA Sultan MP announced this Saturday at a press conference at its office in the city.
BFF Senior Vice-President Monir Ahmed, Vice-president Abdur Rahim, General Secretary Anwarul Haq, Deputy Secretary Manzoor Hossain Malu, chief operation officer of Aktivision Shakib Lohani and representative of Leisure sports management SS Das Gupta were present on the occasion.
The BFF boss said, "We have already organised two school football tournaments in Dhaka city as pilot project. Now, we want to spread the school football tournament at the grass-root level across the country from the next year as per our promise."
He added the federation would also think how to spread the school football championship in a greater manner.
Shakib Lohani said, "We have proceeded by evaluating this interest of BFF in development of football in the grass-root level and the national school football championship has been arranged countryside for the first time."
He said, "We want to overlook the deadlock in the growth of football in Bangladesh and focus forward ........ we want to move forward."
The Aktivision brought two youngsters of the Dhaka Metropolis School football tournament -- highest scorer Rubel Mridha and man of the tournament Shahed -- at the press conference and introduced them to the newsmen.
Shakib said he would try to arrange the individual sponsor for talented footballers, who will come out from the upcoming tournament, as they could carry on their playing and better future.
Anwarul Haq Helal said 130 schools, split into 16 venues across the country, will take part in the preliminary round phase and later 16 venue champions will play the final round.
Helal said champions and runners-up of district inter-school football tournament from 64 districts and champions and runners-up of Dhaka Metropolis School football tournament will take part in the first round.
The district sports associations will organise school level tournament in association with the education board and district sports officers.
If the inter-school football tournament is not held in any district, then district sports officer, district education officer and district sports association will select the participants from that district after evaluating the previous tournament records, Helal added.
Meanwhile, Leisure Sports Management, a marketing company of India, has managed to Aktivision to BFF.