Young Shuttlers of Mumbai all set to clash On-Court in the Fifth Edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship

Young Shuttlers of Mumbai all set to clash On-Court in the Fifth Edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship

Approved by Badminton Association of India (BAI), JBC is one of the biggest badminton open-platform in India for aspiring shuttlers aged between 5 years to 17 years

Mumbai, July 21 2019: PNB MetLife, among the top 10 private life insurance companies in India (fiscal 2019), kick-started the Mumbai leg of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) – Season 5, one of the biggest national open-platform for Badminton at Andheri Sports Complex, JP Road, Near Azad Nagar Metro Station, Azad Nagar, Andheri West, Mumbai. The first day of the five days tournament in the city received an overwhelming response with 1179 young future prodigies engaging in on-court battles. 

The inauguration ceremony of the tournament was graced by Pradeep Gandhe, Vice President - Badminton Association of India and Senior Vice President of  Maharashtra Badminton Association, Vikrant Patwardhan, former international badminton player and presently associated with Star Sports; S.A. Shetty, Secretary, Maharashtra Badminton Association and Officer In-charge, Andheri Sports Complex. 

The fifth edition of JBC will cover the length and breadth of the country with tournaments in 10 cities - Chandigarh, Bangalore, Kochi, Lucknow, Pune, Mumbai, 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. After Chandigarh, Mumbai is the second city, where this tournament is being held this year. 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 the ace badminton player and the brand ambassador of PNB MetLife, 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, recently we also launched the JBC Boot Camp, a masterfully created virtual badminton boot camp that hosts sessions from the badminton stalwarts like P.V. Sindhu, U. Vimal Kumar, Vijay Lancy, Anup Sridhar and many more. Now the badminton aspirants from across the country will get a chance to learn 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 upcoming JBC out of which 32 children will be awarded an annual scholarship to pursue Badminton as a sport.

After Mumbai, JBC-5 will be traveling to Pune.

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

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