Sony Pictures Networks India inaugurated The National Inclusion Cupat the Andheri Sports Complex, in Mumbai
A CSR initiative of Sony Pictures Networks India
Famous youth icon, Sidharth Malhotra along with the senior management of Sony Pictures Networks India and the founding team of Slum Soccer inaugurated The National Inclusion Cupat the Andheri Sports Complex, in Mumbai today. Supporting the cause of empowering India’s underprivileged youth through sports,Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has partnered with the NGO ‘Slum Soccer’ forthis CSR initiative. The National Inclusion Cup is the only national football tournament of its kind for underprivileged Indian youth.
The five-dayfootball tournament is being held in Mumbai for the first time. This year teams from Maharashtra, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Vidharbha, Orissa, Gujarat, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh are participating. Slum Socceralso invited several local non-profit organizations such as Dream a Dream, Cequin, Oscar, YFC Rurka Kalan, Maher, Jeet Foundation, Khelduar, Childreach International, Karmic Foundation, Sparky Football, Leher Foundation, amongst others to bring teams to participate in the cup.
Once the tournament in India concludes, the final selected teamscomprising of8 men and 8 women players each, will represent India at the 15th Homeless World Cup in Oslo, Norway from August 29 to September 5, 2017. The selected players will receive intensive coaching, practice and social skills training for the Homeless World Cup, where 63 nations meet every year for the World Championship.
Sidharth Malhotra, Actor and Supporterof Slum Soccer:
“Everyone is equal in sport irrespective of your background. I truly believe in Nelson Mandela’ssaying that ‘Sports has the power to change the world’. This is a very exciting and empowering initiative and I really hope that ourSlum Soccer team wins the world cup for us and makes India proud.”
About Sony Pictures Networks India:
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), (formerly Multi Screen Media Private Ltd.), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.
As a leading television network in India, SPN comprises of 22 channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET), one of India's leading Hindi general entertainment television channels; MAX, India's premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, a second Hindi movie channel showcasing great Indian Cinema; MAX HD, a high definition Hindi movie channel airing premium quality films; WAH, the FTA Hindi Movie channel for rural audiences SAB, a family comedy entertainment channel; PIX, the English movie channel; Le Plex HD showing critically-acclaimed Hollywood films; AXN, the leader amongst English Entertainment Channels; AATH, the Bangla movie channel; MIX a refreshing Hindi music channel; ROX HD, a channel for contemporary Hindi music; SIX and SONY ESPN – the cluster of sports entertainment channels; SonyLIV - the Digital Entertainment VOD platform and SPN Productions, the networks’ Bollywood film production arm.
Sony Pictures Networks India is in its 22nd year in India.