Pune: The 29th All Maharashtra Anglo-Indian Schools football and basketball tournament, organized by the Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools in India, Maharashtra Chapter, will be hosted by Barnes School & Junior College, Devlali from August 25 to 29.
Lt. General R.S. Salaria, VSM, Commandant, School of Artillery, Devlali will be the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony at 9 am on Friday, August 25, while Dr Ravinderkumar Singal, Commissioner of Police, Nasik will be the chief guest for the football final on Tuesday, August 29.
The tournament is being held under the auspices of the Bombay Education Society, while the schools are affiliated to the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and are members of the Association of Heads of Anglo-Indian Schools, Maharashtra Chapter.
Twelve teams will be participating in the football competition for boys which will feature six teams in the Junior College group and six in the Secondary group (Std. X & below), while six teams will feature in the basketball competition for girls. The top four teams at the end of the round robin leagues in each group will qualify for the semi-finals.
Pune’s Hutchings High School, Bishop’s (Camp) and Barnes will be challenged by three formidable squads from Mumbai - Bombay Scottish (Mahim), Cathedral & John Connon and Christ Church, in the Junior College group.
Pune’s Bishop’s, Kalyaninagar and Bishop’s, Undri and four Mumbai schools - Campion, St. Mary’s, Bombay Scottish, Powai and St. Peter’s, Mazagaon - are the teams in the Secondary group.
The basketball competition for girls includes Pune’s Bishop’s (Kalyaninagar), Bishop’s (Undri), Bishop’s (Camp), hosts Barnes and Mumbai’s Christ Church and Cathedral & John Connon.
Julian Luke, Principal, Barnes School & Junior College, describes the tournament as “A season of excitement, anxiety, adrenaline rush, elation and heartbreaks. Yet, it is that overwhelming feeling of the tournament being larger than ourselves that makes every emotion worth it.”
“Sport is very much a part of our institutions and it is only appropriate to encourage the talented students, added BES president, R.K. White.