Liverpool trip for winning footballers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2007, 12:00am

For the second time, adidas is organising a large-scale football tournament for teenagers in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong round of the adidas +Challenge 2007 will be held at The Drive-in Theatre in Tsim Sha Tsui on July 21 and 22.

The 2006 competition was the first of its kind to feature innovative five-a-side, three-a-side and one-a-side games. It became hugely popular among young football enthusiasts, who were attracted by the opportunity for the champion team to participate in the +Challenge global finals in Berlin, Germany, the venue of the 2006 Fifa World Cup.

The adidas +Challenge 2007 will include two age categories: 13- to 14-year-olds and 15- to 16-year-olds.

Each team, comprising six players, will compete in two different formats - five versus five and one versus one.

This year, the regional finals will be held in Hong Kong. In the 15- to 16-year-old category, three local teams will take on other top sides from around the region.

The regional champions will have the opportunity to visit English Premier League side Liverpool.

Colin Currie, managing director of adidas Hong Kong, said the company is an enthusiastic supporter of football at all levels - from top international teams like Liverpool and Chelsea to SAR team South China, and from stars to grassroots players and football fans.

'The adidas +Challenge 2007 will be a celebration of football, team spirit and individual skill in which all teenagers aged 13-16 are welcome to participate,' he said.

'We are making some changes to this year's event to make it even more thrilling for players and spectators alike. For example, we have altered the tournament format.

'In addition, we intend to boost the adidas +Challenge's tremendous success by staging the regional finals in Hong Kong. This is sure to raise the excitement level even higher this year.'

Applications will be accepted until June 27.

Entry forms are available at adidas, Marathon Sports and GigaSports stores. The forms can also be downloaded at hk/+challenge07

For more information, call 2283 3510