When blind footballers representing the Indian and Australian national teams met for a friendly match in Cochin, it was with the support of GAC India. As sponsor, the company met part of the costs for hosting the teams, training sessions and organising the event.
Both teams are currently in training for the blind football Asian Championships to be held in 2019, and the match was part of a tournament to help them prepare.
“By supporting this tournament, we hope that we can help to create awareness of the game and advocate the rights of the differently abled to sports,” says GAC India’s Chairman, Dr Roy Mathews.
Blind football is a 5-a-side game played on a 40m x 20m enclosed futsal pitch using a special ball with a noise-making device inside. It was introduced as a Paralympic event in 2004. India currently ranks 29th in the world.
As part of its continuing support for local sporting events, GAC India also sponsored the MYCA-Corporate Cup, a cricket tournament organised by the Mattancherry Youngsters Cricket Association. Formed in 1970, the association aims to nurture young cricket talents, grooming them to play at the state level.