Eighth Amalaseelan Soccer Carnival 2015
This year, the 8th Amalaseelan Soccer Carnival was held at St. John’s College on 4th November 2015 from 2.00 p.m. onwards.
The events of the day began with a speech by the Prefect of Games, Mr.V.Kumanan and the hoisting of the flag by the Principal, the Rev. N.J.Gnanaponrajah.
The Soccer Carnival named after the retired Vice Principal of St. John’s College, Prefect of Games and Soccer Coach, Mr. J.Amalaseelan, is NOT a tournament that is held to decide the winners. No winner is named; no loser is shamed and no placements are given. Instead, the carnival is organized every year to encourage the children to take up soccer and to also provide them with an opportunity to shine at grassroots level.
The College believes that participation in this carnival will hone the basic soccer skills amongst players in the U-11 age group. By holding this carnival annually, the College hopes to see the active involvement of more schools and thereby improve the standard of soccer in the region.
The following nine teams played in the Soccer Carnival.
1. St. John’s College A
2. St. John’s College B
3. St. Patrick’s College
4. Jaffna College
5. Navanthurai RCTMS
6. St. James’ MV
7. Jaffna Central College
8. Atchelu Saivapragasa
9. Mahajana College
The Principal briefly talked about the Soccer Carnival, thanked everybody and expressed his desire to see the standard of soccer improving in the region.
Mr. Amalaseelan, in his speech thanked the College for holding this sporting event for the last 8 years. He said he wished to see more teams participating in the future.
Mr. Gopalapillai Muraleetharan, Proprietor of ‘The Pizza,’ Kantharmadam and his family sponsored the event this year. The owner, in his speech said that students taking part in extracurricular activities will not have enough time to take part in undesirable activities.
At the end of play, all schools regardless of their performance were given new footballs as prizes. All the students went home happily. No one lost.
This carnival is probably one of a handful of sporting events that is held with the aim ‘not to win but to take part.