Parikrma Champions League 2018: A Championship to Break Down Social Barriers

This year at PCL – meet teams from Dubai, Nagpur, Belgaum and Goa



A football championship match that will witness not only the best football teams from schools in the city but a school from Dubai, from Belgaum, Nagpur and Goa battling for the Equality Cup – a Cup that symbolizes the breaking down of social barriers.

What’s new this year? The league will take place on the fantastic grounds at the newly built Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence.

After raising the bar for school football sport in the city the last few years, the Parikrma Champions League in association with CGI, a one-of-a-kind U-16 boys football tournament, is back with the 8th championship tournament, which promises to be bigger and better.

What to expect at PCL 2018?

  • A total of 16 schools will be participating including 1 from Dubai and 1 from Belgaum, from Nagpur, from Goa and government school children will be given the opportunity too.  

  • The Coachers’ Pledge – where all participating coaches pledge fair play.

  • A special exhibition mixed match (both girls and boys).

  • State-of-the-art technology (bone-density test) used to determine students’ ages correctly.

  • Large LED screens with custom-made animations, live video feed and a unique score tracking system. Young players will feel like real professionals as they walk onto the field through a tunnel, being cheered on by crowds.

  • Outstanding individual performances and skill will be awarded with exciting prizes.

  • Exhibition match on the morning of the finals. Spotters will identify the most skilled players from 16 teams to form a Parikrma All-Star team that will take on CEOs of Bengaluru’s leading corporate companies in a 20-minute exhibition match.

  • In an effort to raise the level of the game each year, the matches this year will have 20-minute halves and the Semi-Finals and Finals will have 30-minute halves. The Parikrma Champions League 2018 will be a ranking tournament for the top 8 teams who will move into the Quarter Finals after the league stage.

The Parikrma Champions League has been made possible thanks to the support of the CGI and the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence.  Identiti will provide all the clothing for the officials. Manipal Hospital will provide medical support for the tournament, ensuring that a doctor and nurse are present at the stadium on all five days in case of any injuries or medical emergency.

“We are really happy and proud of our eighth PCL. Each year, we have grown, evolved, unceasingly working towards making PCL one of the best state-of-the-art football tournaments in the city. Through this platform, we not only want to keep the spirit and passion of this much beloved sport alive – but persistently shed light on the importance and benefits of sports in schools,” says Shukla Bose, founder, CEO, Parikrma Humanity Foundation.

What is PCL?

Despite having an excellent football team, Parikrma was often left out of inter-school football leagues hosted by various elite and international schools in Bangalore. In an effort to create a level playing field and oppose this fragmented and unequal system, we launched our own football tournament – the Parikrma Champions League (PCL). The event has truly raised the bar for school level events and, since its inception in 2011, has become one of the most coveted inter-school football tournaments in Bangalore.

Parikrma shared a Memorandum of Recommendation with the Government stressing the critical importance of sports in schools in the year 2015.


The birth of Parikrma FC

A football club for the alumni and owned by Parikrma, the Parikrma FC is a testimony of our children’s passion and respect for the sport. This club was born in 2013, when Parikrma Foundation provided a platform for talented footballers both students, alumni and staff to take their passion a step further. Parikrma FC started as a Bangalore Division C team, and is an A Division team today!

The Parikrma Girls Football Club

We launched the Girls Football Club this year and our team participated in the Karnataka Football league and reached semi-finals. The team captain even won the best mid-fielder award.

About Parikrma Humanity Foundation


In the year 2003, 165 children from marginalized families started a new chapter in life, huddled together on a small roof-top in a school in Rajendranagar, Bengaluru. Today, with four schools (Jayanagar, Koramangala, Sahakarnagar and Nandini Layout) and one junior college, Parikrma Humanity Foundation continues to offer high quality education (CBSE), hope and support to thousands of children from four orphanages and over 90 slums in the city.

We support each of our children right from 5 years old until they are an active and contributing member of society (25 years).  We have the highest attendance in the country at 96% and the lowest drop-out rate at less than 1%. For more information, log on to:

What: Parikrma Champions League- 8th Edition

When: 22 – 24 November, 2018

Where: Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Yelahanka



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