The 43rd Vodafone Fiji Primary Schools Inter-District Championship will be held from October 17-19 at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
The pool draws was held last Saturday at Vodafone Headquarters in Tamavua, Suva.
The three-day tournament will see over 28 schools participating in the Under-12 and U14 grades.
Fiji Primary Schools Football Association president Dina Mani said what began as a small tournament has grown and they are grateful to Vodafone and Fiji FA for their continuous support.
“The tournament is heading in the right direction, we started off with $5000 and today it has increased to $25, 000,” Mani said.
“The money is used to pay for the medics, hiring of new grounds and other logistics are also taken care off which includes travelling expenses.
“With over 25 schools attending the tournament we can expect a tough competition.”
Mani added that Taveuni are the newcomers to this year’s IDC.
“Taveuni will bring a lot of competition and it is good to see grassroot players be able to display their skills.
“I hope that this partnership continues in the years to come as the game progresses.”
Vodafone Fiji head of recharge and distribution Nilesh Singh said Vodafone Fiji has had 10 years of strong partnership with Fiji Football Association in supporting the development of football in the country.
“Our sponsorship further strengthens our partnership in trickling the funding down to the grassroots level of the sport, “said Singh.
“Games such as the Primary Schools IDC acts as a great pathway to mould future stars in Fijian football. While football has come a long way, Vodafone seeks to continuously support the football body to grow the sport further.”
“Our sponsorship commitment ensures that the sport gets the much-needed boost in terms of funding and resources as well as motivating the young stars at all levels. We have ensured that all necessary support has been provided to the tournament.”
Singh applauded the efforts of the executives of Fiji Primary Schools Football Association in making the tournament bigger and better.
“This year we will witness a total of 26 teams take part in the Under 14 and 12 divisions. I, applaud the committee for their dedicated work in making this possible.”
This is our 3rd year of sponsorship with Fiji Primary and I am pleased to announce that once again we will be providing Jerseys to all the new participating teams. Another great news is that for the first time, the championship is going to be covered LIVE on Fiji TV.”
Group A: Labasa, Navua, Nadroga, Rakiraki; Group B: Seaqaqa, Suva, Nadi, Ba
Group A: Nadi, Navua, Labasa, Ba, Rakiraki; Group B: Lautoka, Tailevu, Seaqaqa, Rewa; Group C: Northwest Nadroga, Nasinu, Savusavu, Tavua; Group D: Navosa, Suva, Taveuni, Nadroga.