Are you ready for the Grand Finale of the 3rd PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC 3)?
Did you know that Badminton is the most expensive and the second most played sport in the country right now, with the cost of a perfect badminton racquet alone varying anywhere between ₹ 10,000 to ₹ 20,000?
The JBC 3 tournament is pegged as the biggest national open-platform for promoting badminton at the grassroots level for school children, including the underprivileged. Over the years, the tournament has grown significantly and hosted over 15,000 children cumulatively from all three seasons.
- Under 9 years (U-9)
- Under 11 years (U-11)
- Under 13 years (U-13)
- Under 15 years (U-15)
- Under 17 years (U-17)
The winners and runners-up in each category will receive a prize money of ₹ 70,000 and ₹ 30,000, respectively. Every semi-finalist will receive a prize money of ₹ 12,500.
What impressed me the most about JBC 3 is that underprivileged children are exempt from paying the one-time registration fee of ₹ 500. Not only that, 16 underprivileged children from this competition will receive a scholarship of ₹ 1,00,000 each to help them pursue their dream of being a badminton star.
PNB MetLife partnered with Child Rights And You (CRY) for the CSR leg of the tournament. Badminton camps were conducted in CRY's project areas to train underprivileged children to participate in the tournament. Also, every child who competes in JBC 3 will receive a kit bag, including a certificate of participation.
Present during the occasion were Issac Leo Paul, Organising Secretary JBC 3 and Ashutosh Kumar, Marketing Head at PNB MetLife.
The grand finale of JBC 3 promises to be full of high-octane badminton action and excitement, with more than 350 zonal champions from across India congregating in New Delhi.