PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) - one of biggest National Open Platform Tournament for badminton, reaches Lucknow!

PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) - one of biggest National Open Platform Tournament for badminton, reaches Lucknow!

Approved by Badminton Association of India (BAI), the 5th season of JBC gets bigger with the launch of JBC Boot Camp, the online tutorial that hosts sessions from the badminton stalwarts

Lucknow, August 30, 2019: The badminton enthusiasts of Lucknow are all set to witness on-court battles by future prodigies, as PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife), among the top 10 private life insurance companies in India (fiscal 2019, Source: CRISIL), launches the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) – Season 5, one of the biggest national open Badminton tournament in the city. Officially inaugurated by P.V. Sindhu, the 2019 BWF World Champion and brand ambassador of PNB MetLife and U. Vimal Kumar, National badminton champion and coach, in Hyderabad on July 4, 2019. Lucknow is the 9th city of this year’s JBC tournament, which is scheduled to be held across 10 cities of India.

Supporting PM Narendra Modi’s agenda of a Fit India, PNB Metlife has taken JBC further by taking the sport of Badminton to the grassroots. Bridging the gap between young badminton enthusaists nation and the veterans of the sport, PNB Metlife unveiled JBC Boot Camp, a customized YouTube channel to aide budding Badminton enthusiasts, that hosts sessions from stalwarts like P.V. Sindhu, U. Vimal Kumar, Vijay Lancy, Anup Sridhar and many more. The tutorials can be viewed on YouTube/PNB MetLife JBC Boot Camp.

The Lucknow leg of JBC Season-5 was inaugurated by Arun Kakkar, Hony. General Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association. 562 young shuttlers from the city registered for participating in the tournament.

The fifth edition JBC tournaments are being hosted in 10 cities - Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Guwahati and New Delhi. The matches will be played in four age categories – Under-9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 for boys and girls. The top two kids from each category from every city tournament will proceed to the national finale in New Delhi where they will get a chance to be felicitated with the National Title by P.V. Sindhu.

Nipun Kaushal, Chief Marketing Officer, PNB MetLife said, “During the last edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship, we were able to reach out to 8000+ budding badminton enthusiasts from across the country. In the fifth edition, we aspire to take this to the next level and create a deeper impact at all levels and touch the lives of many more aspiring shuttlers. Aligned to this agenda, we have recently launched the JBC Boot Camp, where the badminton aspirants from across the country will get a chance to learn from the stalwarts about the techniques of the game, mental ability, fitness, nourishment and so on.”

With an aim to create a sustainable social impact, Junior Badminton Championship is also associated with CRY (Child Rights and You), as a CSR partner. Over the past four years as a part of its CSR initiative, PNB MetLife has been providing annual scholarships to the underprivileged children across India for coaching and training. This year already 100 underprivileged children have been trained for the JBC – Season 5, out of which 32 children will be awarded an annual scholarship to pursue Badminton as a sport.

The complete tournament schedule:

Sr No Cities Event Dates
1 Chandigarh July 9 - 12, 2019
2 Mumbai July 21 - 25, 2019
3 Pune July 27 - 31, 2019
4 Kochi Aug 2 - 5, 2019
5 Bengaluru Aug 7 - 11, 2019
6 Guwahati Aug 10 - 13, 2019
7 Ahmedabad Aug 19 - 22, 2019
8 Hyderabad Aug 24 - 28, 2019
9 Lucknow Aug 30 - Sept 1, 2019
10 Delhi Sept 3 - 7, 2019
11 Grand Finale - Delhi Sept 9 - 10, 2019

For more information and registration, one can visit http://www.pnbmetlifejbc.com

About PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited

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