Sunday, 7th of May sees the next edition of the prestigious under 12s football tournament, the Volkswagen Junior Masters, at the Valencia CF Training Ground.
This year’s edition has a special patron, Valencia CF goalkeeper Diego Alves, and he was challenged to a penalty shoot-out by one of the u12s players who will feature in the tournament.
The collaboration with the Danone Nations Cup has also been renewed in order to promote healthy living amongst youngsters by way of educational talks.
The tournament, which will be played between school and clubs from the Comunidad Valenciana, will decide which teams will go through to the Danone Nations Cup National Final and the Volkswagen Junior Masters International Final.
Volkswagen kicked off this initiative in 1999 in order to promote sport amongst youngsters. The tournament has grown around the world and there are now 22 countries taking part.
This year’s edition has had a top patron, LaLiga’s number 1 spot-kick stopper, Diego Alves, who was challenged to a penalty-shoot by an u12s player. Javier Mollá took on Diego Alves from the penalty spot, with the aim of scoring over 50% of his 5 penalties and therefore beating the Valencianista goalkeeper’s penalty saving statistic.
Volkswagen’s aim is to reinforce the transmission of values such as fair play, the culture of effort, and teamwork, through youth football. In addition, the collaboration with Danone looks to instil the importance of healthy lifestyles and healthy eating.
That’s why the tournament will also count on the presence of a nutritionist who will run short educational sessions for the 10 to 12 year-olds, focusing on the importance of healthy eating and hydration for sport. Advice will also be given on what to eat depending on what type of sporting activity is going to be partaken in and the time at which it will be done.
This year’s tournament also sees an important change in its format. This time the schools and clubs will be on two different side of the competition chart, to find the top club and school, so that the winners of the schools will represent Spain in the Volkswagen Junior Masters International Finals, whilst the winners of the clubs will reach the Danone Nations Cup National Finals.
The competition will be played on the 7th of May at the magnificent Valencia CF Training Ground facilities, in collaboration with the Levante Wagen official dealership. A total of 16 school and club teams from the Comunidad Valenciana will take part.
Beyond the competition, Volkswagen Junior Masters aims to show the brand’s commitment to the promotion of healthy values amongst young people, as well as becoming a platform for leisure and fun for participants, family members, and friends.
In order to achieve it, the tournament will organise an activities programme for all ages, which includes target practice and ball skills tests, drawing competitions, and driving tests with a gift for participants.
About the Volkswagen Junior Masters
It’s one of the most prestigious u12s tournaments in the world. In Spain both school and club teams take part, made up of players between the ages of 10 and 12.
The tournament is played every year in all of the 22 countries which take part and every two years an International Championship is played between the winners of the national tournaments.
The tournament was first played in 1999, with the aim of promoting sport amongst young people, at the same time linking the Volkswagen brand to one of the most popular sports in the world. There are currently 22 countries taking part, and in Spain the tournament is now in its 8th edition.
About the Danone Nations Cup
The DANONE NATIONS CUP (DNC), is an international football tournament, the initiative of DANONE, and is supported by Zinédine Zidane, which is now in its 12th edition. This competition, aimed at children from 10 to 12 years of age, is played in over 40 countries. The 40 national tournaments involve 2.5 million children from over 20,000 clubs and 25,000 schools from five continents. The event is a way to promote values which go beyond football, such as humanism, being open, closeness, enthusiasm and healthy lifestyles.
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