Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East
Kuwait Club crowned Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East 2016 champions and secure place in global Paris finals
• 10 teams from across the region went head-to-head at sixth annual Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East football tournament
• Kuwait Club defeated Muscat Grassroots team, to secure place at world championships in Paris against 21 national teams from around the world
Dubai, UAE, 20 March 2016: The Volkswagen Junior Masters regional tournament organized and managed by MMC Sportz for the third year held an intense finale on 19 March at the Etisalat Academy in Dubai, with Kuwait Club crowned 2016 champions and winning the opportunity to represent the Middle East at the world championships in Paris later this year.
Kuwait Club defeated Omani based, Muscat Grassroots in a heated battle, claiming the title of Volkswagen Junior Masters Middle East champions, snatching it from two-time reigning champions Al Jazira Club from Abu Dhabi. With impressive levels of skill on display from all participants, Muscat Grassroots’ Qusai Salim Al Jaradi stood out as the Best Player, Mobarak Aladwani from Kuwait Club was identified as the Best Goalkeeper, and Go Pro Sports, Martin Edwards Prado took home Goal Challenge Winner in the tournament.
The sixth regional final of the Volkswagen Junior World Masters – one of the world’s largest and most popular youth football tournaments – took place on 18-19th March at the Etisalat Academy Dubai, where 10 qualifying teams from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar competed for first prize.
On 13 – 16 May 2016, national teams from 21 other countries, along with regional champions Kuwait Club, will gather in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines – France, for the Volkswagen Junior World Masters Tournament.
Commenting on this year’s championship, Thomas Milz, Managing Director, Volkswagen Middle East said: “We launched the Junior Masters programme in the Middle East in 2011 – to date over 4000 aspiring footballers have participated and almost 50 young athletes have reached the international bi-annual final in Europe. It is inspiring to see football fans from across the region come together through the Volkswagen Junior World Masters championships. This has been another incredibly successful year for the regional heats, with almost 1000 under-13’s participating from across the Middle East.
“The Junior Masters programme strives to unite, encourage and nurture the football players of tomorrow, as well as develop the youth within our community. We’d like to thank everyone who participated, and congratulate our regional champions Kuwait Club on their success – we wish them the best of luck at the World Masters final in France!”
The Volkswagen Junior Masters competition began in Germany over a decade ago, as part of Volkswagen’s commitment to support youth and sports around the world. This year, the teams participating from the Middle East included Al Jazira (Abu Dhabi), United Sports Academy (Abu Dhabi), FCBESCOLA (Dubai), Spanish Soccer School (Dubai), Go Pro Sports (Dubai), Kuwait Club (Kuwait), Al Jahraa Club (Kuwait), Muscat Grass Roots (Oman), SEK School (Qatar) and Dutch School (Qatar)