New Delhi: Three-time world champion club Inter Milan on Friday joined the bandwagon of other European sides in organizing grassroot level tournaments in the country with the launch of an Under 15 talent hunt programme.
    
Inter Milan chief executive Ernesto Paolillo on Friday announced the Tata Tea Jaago Re Inter Milan Soccer Stars tournament, which will be held in 15 cities across India starting from December 12 in Chandigarh.

The tournament, which is being held in partnership with Tata Tea, will be played across four zones and the final, to be competed by 15 teams, will be played in Shillong in April next year.
    
Thirty of the most talented school students aged between 10 to 15 will be selected for a two-week coaching in Kolkata by Inter Milan and Indian coaches.
    
Out of 30, 16 will be selected for another two-week training at the Inter Milan Academy in September. They will also play a youth tournament during their stay there.
    
The 15 cities where the tournament will be held are Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Delhi, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Akola, Kolkata, Goa, Lucknow, Gangtok and Shillong.
    
Paolillo said Inter Milan were in talks with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for pre-season tour of India next year.
    
"I met the FICCI president today and they proposed a pre-season tour of Inter Milan in India. They said they will talk to All India Football Federation on matters like permission for a couple of matches in India," he told reporters at a press conference to launch the programme.
    
"We will study the proposal. Our season ends mid May and so we can think of such a tour in May and June (next year)," he said.

(Agencies)