‘2023 Chungju Apple Cup National Youth Soccer Festival’ opens in Chungju on the 27th
The ‘2023 Chungju Apple Cup National Youth Soccer Club Festival’ kicked off with a bang at the Chungju Youth Soccer Field in Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do, on the 27th and 28th of the Buddhist New Year holiday. With 85 teams from across the country participating in the festival, it was the largest soccer club festival of its kind.
On the first day of the festival, the lower grade divisions (kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade) were played on the 27th. There was some rain in the afternoon, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the young players. It became a place of soccer festival where the young players were happy with a soccer ball on the field.
During the festival, the Chungju Volunteer Center prepared various experience programs such as parking service and balloon art, POP handwriting, socks, and woodworking. Not only the players, but also their siblings and family members who participated in the tournament, were able to experience various activities to achieve the goal of a happy festival.
In order to build and develop youth soccer infrastructure, Chungju City and the Chungju City Football Association organized the ‘2023 Chungju Apple Cup National Youth Soccer Festival’ in order to stand out as a host for various types of soccer competitions and festivals.
The festival is organized and hosted by SH Sports Agency (CEO Moon Sung-hwan), a total sports marketing company whose slogan is “Everyone’s Right to a Soccer Ball,” and sponsored by Chungju City, Chungju Football Association, Gangwon FC, Footballist, Pocheon Ginseng Farming Association, HIGHSOL, Ha Ha Mask, Gopchang Sanghoe, AIRDOME_SH, Minds Ground, Kwanju Food, KBS Sports Arts and Sciences Institute, Sun Medical Center, Arcobaleno Wonju, Ilhwa, and Today Resort.
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The festival will be held in addition to the existing kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and U-12 divisions, with a mom division. In addition to soccer, we have also prepared promotional marketing that can contribute to the development and promotion of tourism products such as various attractions, food, and things to do in the Chungju area in connection with ‘sports and cultural tourism’ and contribute to the revitalization of the local economy. In addition, the ‘Chungju DIVE Festival’, which was renamed the existing Chungju Lake Festival, will be held at the Chungju Tangeum Lake International Stadium and Jungangtop Park from the 15th to the 18th of next month, reflecting citizen and expert opinions, and will serve as a good example of the prelude to sports and cultural tourism.
The competition format is 7-on-7안전놀이터 for elementary schools, and 5-on-5 for kindergarten and moms. On the 27th, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades will play, and on the 28th, 4th grade, U-12 (5th and 6th grades combined), and moms will play. Games will be 12 minutes in length. Prizes will be awarded to the winner, runner-up, third place, fair play team, best coach, best coach, best player, and best player, and the winner (300,000 won), runner-up (200,000 won), and third place (100,000 won) will receive a local gift certificate to Chungju as a way to revitalize the local economy.
SH Sports Agency representative Moon Sung-hwan said, “The 2023 Chungju Apple Cup National Youth Football Festival received a lot of support from Chungju City, the Chungju Football Association, and the Chungju Volunteer Center. Although it rained a bit in the afternoon, I was moved to see the young players enjoying themselves with a soccer ball. We are always planning sports and cultural tourism festivals beyond soccer. In Chungju, which has a good geographical environment, we will showcase projects that can contribute to the revitalization of the local economy by planning local sports tourism products. We would like to thank the teams, coaches, and faculty members of soccer clubs across the country for participating in this soccer festival.”
The tournament is organized and hosted by SH Sports Agency, a total sports marketing company whose slogan is “Everyone’s Right to a Soccer Ball,” and sponsored by Chungju City, Chungju Football Association, Chungju Volunteer Center, Gangwon FC, Footballist, Pocheon Ginseng Farming Association, HIGHSOL, Ha Ha Mask, Gopchang Sanghoe, AIRDOME_SH, Minds Ground, KBS Sports Arts and Sciences Institute, Sun Medical Center, Arcobaleno Wonju, Ilhwa, One Mount, and Today Resort.
Chungju Football Association President Cho Jae-kwang said, “As the head of the football association, I am very happy that the 2023 Chungju Apple Cup National Youth Football Festival kicked off in Chungju. On the first day of the tournament, I was deeply moved by the number of teams from all over the country who came and enjoyed playing soccer. We will use the opportunity of this soccer festival to attract various soccer events and national-level competitions to Chungju. The Chungju Football Association will also do its best to develop the infrastructure for youth soccer in Korea.”