Kolkata: Merlin Group, India’s leading real estate conglomerate has concluded  RISE Premier League (RPL) – A unique corporate football league in presence of veteran footballers viz. Manas Bhattacharya, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Krishnendu Roy on exciting note. INFIFLEX TECHNOLOGIES   won  RISE Premier league title by beating HDFC Bank  by  2-0.

Sri Saket Mohta, MD, Merlin Group and Smt Raima Sen, renowned actress  presented the trophies to  the winners  and runers up  along with the  star footballers . The two day football league  witnessed exciting matches played  among  16 teams from the various corporates of Kolkata facing off each other on ground followed by two exhibition matches at Rajarhat  Choumatha on 23rd and 24th of October 2021.

The corporate football league from the house of Merlin Group, was a kick-start to their upcoming self-sufficient residential township called RISE- Sports Republic. This has been one of its kind initiatives by the Merlin Group which completely revolves around sports theme. The sports township will be developed to provide an international sporting infrastructure for the first time in Kolkata. The city of joy will not only experience a unique sports themed residential township but the budding athletes of the city will also get an exposure to the international sporting culture. The township  will include sports academies and sports related infrastructural facilities that include Cricket Ground, Football Ground, Indoor sports area, swimming pool and a host of other amenities. The township will also include facilities for other sports activities like Basketball, Badminton, Squash and Tennis.

Sixteen teams  participated in RPL from various corporates of Kolkata viz.; TCS, Genpact, Wipro, Cognizant, INFIFLEX TECHNOLOGIES   , HDFC Bank, British Telecom, PWC, FIIOB, Red FM, Big FM, Friends FM, Fever FM, Nuvoco Vista Corporate Ltd., Woodlands Hospital  and the Merlin Group itself on 23rd October and 24th October. Two exhibition matches  had also been played on 24th October.  First exhibition match was played between   Regina's Girls Academy and a guest team of FOS. Second exhibition match was  played between Southern Samity State Sports Academy and Federation of Sports select.  All these teams played under the expert guidance of the veteran footballers Manas Bhattacharya, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Krishnendu Roy.

Talking about the RPL and The Sports township,  , Mr Saket Mohta, Managing Director, Merlin Group stated,  “ I personally feel very excited and ecstatic to witness the involvement of the footballer at RISE PREMIER LEAGUE . Kolkata has always been the home-ground of various sports with Football being the most popular sport in Bengal.  I thank  former star footballers Manas Bhattacaharya, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Krishnendu Roy  and Prashanta Banerjee for mentoring the teams.  We as a responsible corporate citizen of Kolkata, felt the urge to contribute to the sports glory and heritage of the city. We hope to organize several tournaments to promote the spirit of football”.

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