With a view to build better understanding between the people and also promote sports in the region the Sri Lanka Army conducted an Inter Club Soccer Tournament in Vadamarchchi. The tournament organized by the 55 Division began during the final week of September 2012.
11 teams from the region took part in the tournament. Matches were held at the Uduththurai Senthamil grounds in Vadamarachchi. The ground by the beach came alive last Friday (05th October) when 'Aliyavalai Arunothya SC' and 'Uduththurai Bharathi SC' pitted against each other for the finals.
The closely fought match was decided by a penalty shoot out in which Aliyavalai Arunothya SC beat Uduththurai Bharathi SC' 5-2 and clinched the championship trophy. Muththukuamr Nagulesvaram (27), a national player and a president's award winner also played for the winning team.
The 55 Division organized the inter club soccer tournament so as to promote the game and to encourage the talented youth in the region to showcase their talents to the outside world.
Uduththurai in Vadamarachchi East, was an area which had seen the worst of terrorism during the LTTE's terror regime. The once heavily mined area was cleared by the military before the resettlement of displaced civilians could begin. With the return of civilians the army initiated a number of welfare measures to assist them to build their lives again. The holding of this sports event is just one of the ambitious programmes of the military to provide these people a better living environment.
Commander Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe graced the occasion as the Chief Guest during the final match. The champions and runners up were presented with valuable prizes. Footballs were also distributed among the participating teams.