Merlin Group, India’s leading real estate conglomerate has announced the launch of RISE Premiere League (RPL) – A unique corporate football league in presence of veteran footballers viz. Manas Bhattacharya, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Krishnendu Roy.
Smt Raima Sen, renowned actress also graced the occasion and unveiled the logo and the jersey of RPL along with the star footballers and Mr Saket Mohta, MD of Merlin Group. The two day football league will witness 16 teams from the various corporates of Kolkata facing off against 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, is a kick-start to their upcoming self-sufficient residential township called RISE- Sports Republic. This is one of its kind initiatives by the Merlin Group which completely revolves around sports themes. 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.
16 teams will be participating in RPL from various corporates of Kolkata viz.; TCS, Genpact, Wipro, Cognizant, HSBC, HDFC, British Telecom, PWC, FIIOB, Red FM, Big FM, Friends FM, Fever FM, Nuvoco Vista Corporate Ltd., Woodland and the Merlin Group itself on 23rd October and 24th October. Two exhibition matches will also be played on 24th October. First exhibition match will be played between Regina’s Girls Academy and a guest team of FOS. Second exhibition match will be played between Southern Samity State Sports Academy and Federation of Sports select. All these teams will play 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, “Kolkata has always been the home-ground of various sports with Football being the most popular sport in Bengal. But there is a dearth of adequate sports infrastructure in the city that can identify and train budding talents. We as a responsible corporate citizen of Kolkata, felt the urge to contribute to the sports glory and heritage of the city. The biggest challenge faced by most of the renowned clubs as well as football academies of the city is the infrastructure. Lack of proper facilities have always concerned me as an ardent sport enthusiast and we as one of the leading real estate companies in the country wanted to bring some unique and never seen before sports infrastructural experience to the city. Our upcoming self-sufficient sports themed township “RISE-Sports Republic” is aimed at fulfilling that vision of Merlin Group only . The RISE Premiere League is a wonderful initiative towards the development of sports in a homegrown environment of Kolkata.”