Thanks to an initiative run by the Monterrey branch of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011, children from private and state-run schools in Nuevo Leon have been offered the unforgettable opportunity of watching the upcoming tournament in person.
Between 31 May and 10 June, a delegation from the committee will visit primary and secondary schools in the area not only to promote the global event set to take place on Mexican soil, but also to hand out match tickets to outstanding students. Each one will receive a pair of tickets – so that they can attend with a parent or guardian – to every match scheduled to be played at Estadio Universitario, situated on the outskirts of Monterrey.
Monterrey will play host to two games likely to be among the competition’s best, with France taking on Argentina on 18 June, and Mexico facing the Netherlands on 24 June, in arguably the most highly-anticipated match of the group stage. The same venue will also stage a game in the Round of 16, as well as a quarter-final match on 3 July, a fixture that will bring the city’s involvement in the tournament to a close.
In the suburb of San Pedro, the Necali and Colegio Ingles schools were among the first to be visited by the organising committee. Colourful images abounded, as groups of young people danced and sang to the beat of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, while the mascots of Tigres and Monterrey, the city’s two top-tier football clubs, who were both dressed in Mexico strips for the occasion, did their best to drum up support for the home nation.
In the afternoon, it was the turn of Escuela Secundaria 28, a high school located in Monterrey’s city centre, where growing excitement about the forthcoming event was palpable.
The tournament will officially kick off on 18 June with two Group A matches: Congo-Netherlands and Mexico-Korea DPR. Both games will take place in Morelia.