Football fever at Chennai’s Brazil

While the world keenly watches the FIFA World Cup-2010, a small neighbourhood in Chennai celebrates it like a festival with sweets and fireworks.

Referred to as Chennai’s Brazil, Vyasarpadi in north Chennai is decked up for their favourite game football. The football fans painted their faces with images of popular football players, they even cut a cake designed in the shape of Jabulani (the official ball for FIFA World Cup 2010).

Slum Children Sports Talent and Education Development Society (SCSTEDS), which is supported by NGOs have organised a 40-inch LCD TV at the playground on the Chennai School premises in the neighbourhood to watch the games. Young and the old gather at the ground to watch the matches.

SCSTEDS is actively involved in liberating the slum children from social evils and directs them towards a productive path through sports.

SCSTEDS operates from 227, ‘B’ . Kalyanapuram, Vyasarpady, Chennai-600039.

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