SSPF Chairman Joins India’s Olympic Task Force

New Delhi: Govt. of India has announced the Olympic Task Force panel that will work together in bringing forth a comprehensive action plan for the preparation of Indian sportsperson in next three Olympic Games 2020, 2024, and 2028. This Task Force will develop an overall strategy for the sports facility, training, selection procedure and other integral matters.

School Sports Promotion Foundation chairman Mr. Om Pathak has been appointed in the elite panel of the Olympic task force. SSPF digital and transparent system searched and nurtured talent of over 24000 students from 1200 schools. SSPF has also been recognized as a National Sports Promotion Organisation.

This committee also comprises of sportspersons like badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra among others to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games.


Besides Gopichand and Bindra, other members of the team include India hockey captain Viren Raquinha, hockey coach S. Baldev Singh, senior journalist Rajesh Kalra, Professor G.L. Khanna from Manav Rachna International University and Sports Authority of Gujarat Director General Sandeep Pradhan, according to a statement from the ministry.

Thank You SSPF For Making My Dream Come True

DPSG Meerut Road student Niharika Rana excited to meet football legend

20 January 2017: I will always remember 28th January 2017 for the rest of my life. This is the date when I met my childhood sporting hero Bhaichung Bhutia. Thanks to School Sports Promotion Foundation as during their TV shoot I got the chance to meet my sports idol.

It’s an honor to meet such a wonderful person who has made every Indian so proud by his achievements. Being a footballer, I too dream of playing for my country and make each and every person proud. SSPF doing a great job by making every budding talent’s dream come true by giving them opportunity to showcase their talent across the country by playing pan India matches.

I along with my batch mates from DPSG Meerut Road got the opportunity to meet with the so many respectable sportsperson. My dream came true during a TV recording on DD Sports which was about grassroots sports program where SSPF was in a limelight. It was so good to see their efforts and encouragement for the love of sports.

DPSG Meerut Road students with Mr. Bhutia suring SSPF TV recording

I really appreciate what SSPF is doing to promote sports at school level. Being a football player I know the importance of proper guidance and coaching. We should emphasis on the positive side of sports. Every parent should realize that in today’s world medical, engineering or business are not the only career options. Sports can also be one of them as it too has a bright future. The day people will understand this thing our country will shine bright.

Surely its impact will be seen in Olympics and commonwealth games. Over the years we have seen the development and hope to see more of it, especially for girls. Hope with foundations like SSPF this problem will be solved soon.

“New Year, New Team, One Dream”- Bhaichung Bhutia

26 January 2017: This is my first ever experience with SSPF. I am excited as well as nervous like a child who is entering the ground for the first time.  Joining hands with SSPF gave me a special sense of responsibility and I have the faith in it that it will create a revolution in the history of Indian sports.

I am amazed and thrilled with the response SSPF got in its inaugural season, 11,024 budding football talents participated, 48 districts from 14 states across country took part in this great initiative making it India’s largest grassroots school sports program. Total 7,300hours of competition is not easy to organize.

In this season, as a true sports person  I will contribute my best for the betterment of football. I believe in the saying of Irish football player Roy Keane -“I don’t believe skill was, or ever will be, the result of coaches. It is a result of a love affair between the child and the ball.”

Football is not just about goal tallies and revenue figures but also inspiration and style! Sports and games offer useful lessons for youngsters about the importance of teamwork, preparation, passion, dedication, attitude, definitions of success, dealing with failure and having a sense of humor at the end of the day.

Beginnings are scary, but they are also where we embark on opportunities, create awesome experiences, and learn the most about ourselves.

At last I only want to say what Pele, the great footballer of all time and a legend has told us- “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

How NTSN 2016-17 Is An Exciting Yet Challenging Tournament?

A tournament that meets the global standards and provides excellent exposure to all the incredible players from all around India has brought a revolution in the world of sports. Players from different parts of India will participate and show different playing styles to reach out to a larger mass. National Talent Search and Nurture, initiated by the School Sports Promotion Foundation has come to be one of the challenging grass root sports tournaments in the country after a long time.

NTSN 2015-16
NTSN 2015-16

Considering the scenario, the expectations are raising high from what this tournament can achieve – not only on the ground but also at the National level. From the tournament authorities to the head coaches and all the young players, are working hard to take this game at a spectacular level. With India moving towards one of the biggest sports revolution that will go down in the history of grass root sports, more and more schools from all around India are participating in this  tournament.

NTSN 2017-18 won’t be easy. Why?

Here are some of the crucial factors that play a key role in why it will be a challenging tournament for young players.


Fitness is the ultimate factor. A tournament where more than 3000 school teams have registered and 2000 teams have participated, fitness is the priority. Unfortunately, shorter the time duration, hectic is the travel schedule and continuous matches make it tough for players to remain fit all the time. However, they should be strong and determined enough to take on new challenges each and every day.

Mr. Chetan Sharma, Chairman of Cricket Council has pointed, “This is a different kind of tournament which focusses specifically on school sports. The schedule is tough and you will get tired. The way the players played in NTSN 2015-16 was quite inspiring to me. I personally feel that you not only need a good team, but you as a team should be fit.”

NTSN 2015-16
NTSN 2015-16

The strength and ability to play differently may not always be same throughout the tournament because the team may not remain the same. Few of the players may get injured while others may not be available. Players won’t get time to recover during this short duration. They also have to play continuous matches in the duration of 2-3 days.

It will be very difficult for the players to prepare themselves for the next match, especially when the schedules are so short. However, you also need to understand that fitness is one of the major elements in this game because it can only help you win in the longer run. Players need to push their limits to be fitter and agile during the tournament.

A Mix of Native Players

While this is definitely a great thing because players from different states of India will get an invaluable experience of learning different play styles. They can also work on each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The mix of different players will be a challenge for both the coaches and team managers.

A Big Shout Out for the NATIONAL CAMP

We Indians love sports and follow it with great passion. However, when it comes to Grass Root Sports, National Talent Search & Nurture is going to be the very first initiative that will mark a niche in the coming future. Considering all the aspects, NTSN is now National Sports Promotion Organization recognized by the Ministry Of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Players need to work hard to get selected for the National Camp which will offer them with a plethora of opportunities. It’s great start because it will develop a sports culture in the country that requires consistent encouragement and participation in different sports.

Let’s pledge to create winning opportunity for young players!

“Don’t Plan to Succeed, Work to Succeed”- Chetan Sharma

20 January 2017: The New Year marks another season of SSPF. As chairman of SSPF’s National Cricket Council I am excited and proud to announce that we will start the first phase of cricket by January end.

SSPF witnessed the likes of Sanchit Pasricha from Delhi, a chainaman bowler who took 6 wickets in Nationals and stole the hearts of spectators. Another young boy from Telangana, Ankur Singh who made 14 batsmen return to the pavilion during Nationals. Then there was Shaurya Singh an upcoming all-rounder from Uttar Pradesh, Prudhvi from Andhra Pradesh, the list is endless.

Now we are heading to the next season of cricket with even more excitement as we have achieved immense applauds and appreciation from young talents, parents, schools and Government as well. Because of our great efforts we got recognition as National Sports Promotion Foundation by Govt. of India. Being an NSPO it is a matter of pride but also an added responsibility and greater commitment towards Talent Search & Nurture. We will try our best to serve our young talent better by giving them best of the facilities and coaching they need. In return we at SSPF also expect from schools and parents to appreciate our efforts and support us by believing in us.

To my young heroes I just want to say practice hard and play harder. You are our hope. We will make sure to support you in which ever manner its needed to make your sporty future shine. You need to remember one thing- :

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.

A Thank You Letter To My Coaches And Trainers Of #NTSN2015-16

Dear Coach,

In our lives, we meet wonderful people who mold our character for the future. These people come in different faces in different times, and never fail to give us motivational advises. For many people, such inspiration comes from their coaches or trainers. Coaches are the wisest and humble human beings who make a big difference to others life whoever comes in contact with them.

Being a coach, for any sport, at all levels is a daunting task and requires a lot of dedication and commitment. It was a lifetime opportunity and a dream come true to get selected at the National Cricket Camp U-15 organized by SSPF and SAI jointly at the SelaQui International School, Dehradun from 13th- 25 October, 2016.

Thank you COACHES!!!
Thank you COACHES!!!

I was simply awestruck with the venue of Dehradun camp which was a vast campus with lush green grounds. We were fortunate enough to get our training from highly qualified coaches and experienced trainers. Sh. Surinder Khanna, Sh. Lalit Kohli and Sh. Abdul Monayem were extremely humble and caring to us. They motivated us all throughout the camp to perform better. Our fitness trainer Sh. Avtar Singh ji along with the physiotherapist made us work out to keep healthy and stay fit by teaching wonderful fitness techniques.

The food and stay was quite comfortable. Along-with quality cricketing skills, the camp also provided us a chance to make new friends from different parts of India and share our experiences with them.


Thank you so much SSPF and SAI for such an amazing learning experience which will go a long way in shaping my future in cricket as well as in life.

Without you, I would not be the player I am today and wouldn’t have achieved success. I really feel proud to attend this camp and will work harder to make a place in the coming session 2016-17.  For everything and so much more, I will be always thankful.

Thanks and regards,

Aditya Vir Singh, Leg Spinner

BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School,

Shastri Nagar, Punjab


‘A small step but looking forward to making a difference’ – says SSPF Chairman Mr. Om Pathak


Press Conference @ Press Club Of India
Press Conference @ Press Club Of India

On Saturday, 7th January 2017, School Sports Promotion Foundation made an official announcement of being recognized as ‘National Sports Promotion Organization‘ by the Government of India for its grassroots initiatives across five sports namely Football, Volleyball, Cricket, Basket Ball and Athletes.

The press conference started off with a speech by SSPF Chairman Shree Om Pathak, introducing all the dignitaries of the organization to the press. He talked about how core pillars of NSPO are important to each of the members working in this wonderful initiative. He said, “Schools should prioritize sports along with the education. To make winning a habit for any sports person, not only we will conduct tournaments to spot talents but nurture them with good facility, also providing them a quality education.”

Sports Authority of India is supporting the noble cause and to add further, Shri Hira Ballabh, Executive Director (Operations & Finance)SAI, said, “Our country is blooming with sports talents. We must scout spot these talents and provide them the necessary facility to bring excellence in sports.” He also thanked SSPF Chairman Om Pathak for taking this step to make a difference and needed at this time. He said, “We aim to develop indoor and outdoor sports facility. Time has come and we need to continue to aim higher to promote deserving players from the corners of our country.”

Former India football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia shared his excitement over a short video message which said, “Programs like SSPF should get more importance so that the real talent at the grassroots level can get exposure at the right time and in the right manner.” He said “schools are where our future champions are,” we are sure that this step of Government to recognize SSPF as NSPO will make parents around the country realize how essential it is to balance education and sport.”

“Cricket has never got enough limelight at the school level.” said Chetan Sharma, former International Cricketer, and the National Cricket Council Chairman, “We need to find the right backup for International level sports from the school level. When we started off with the project, we introduced two games – Cricket and Football, and within a short span of a year, we are now an NSPO body, it is a great stepping stone for us all. We look forward to continuing to bring in new changes which shape life path for deserving student”

1962 Asian Games Decathlon Gold Medallist Gurbachan Singh Randhawa also expressed his concern about the current facility provided by the sports structure of the schools. According to him, nurturing budding talents with great facility should be an ideal priority. A man of few words, he made a point of suggestion that press should feature more sports as well. He specifically defined the role of media in the growth and development of grassroots sports. He said media will give a lot of confidence to the students from all sports to come out and participate more.  Former India Volleyball star Om Parkash expressed a belief that with the support of Ministry, SSPF will make a significant contribution to the National Sports scenario.

Media Session
Media Session

Concluding the conference with few fiery rounds of questions by the media, Chairman Om Pathak said, “We are looking ahead at a larger than life picture here, concentrating on Centre of Excellence which is an equal balance of education and sports. We want a child, irrespective of any background, metro or non-metro residence, or any other differences, to learn to excel in his/her talent. We want to take school level talent, and nurture and coach them to compete at the district level and filter out the best-sought ones to ultimately mark niche at the International Games.”

In its second session, NT-SN will attempt to get around 10,000 school teams across 300 districts in 25 states. Participation of around 2, 00,000 students is expected who will play around 16,000 matches.


SSPF’s Press Conference at Press Club, New Delhi on Saturday, January 7, 2017

School Sports Promotion Foundation, in partnership with Sports Authority of India (SAI) launched NTSN in 2015. SSPF feels proud to be appointed as a National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO), recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. NSPO adds to the integrity of the program, opening tons of opportunities to all the participating students in who aim to attain excellence in education and sports.


All media executives and correspondents are cordially invited to a press conference at the Conference Hall of Press Club of India, New Delhi at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

The conference will be addressed by Mr. Om Pathak (SSPF Chairman), Mr. Hira Ballabh [Sports Authority of India Executive Director (Operations)], Mr. Chetan Sharma (Former International Cricketer and Chairman of SSPF National Cricket Council), Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia (Former India Football Captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman), Mr. Gurbachan Singh Randhawa (Former Asian Games Gold Medalist and SSPF National Athletics Council Chairman) and Mr.Om Parkash (Former India Volleyball Captain and SSPF National Volleyball Council Chairman).



A Letter To The 12 Year-Old Bowler Participating In NTSN2016-17

Dear Rohan,

Happy New Year from the sporty SSPF team!

Hope you are doing well.

You will be elated to know that the hat-trick Master Mr. Chetan Sharma, who created history in the World Cup in 1987, is now the honorable Chairman of National Cricket Council. And more importantly, as a cricket loving fanatic, you’ll be more happier to know that you are now playing in India’s largest Grass Roots School Sports Program.

The satisfaction in making a child smile can never be replaced by anything else. We wanted them to play good sports, they, in turn, reminded us the true spirit of playing any sport.
The satisfaction in making a child smile can never be replaced by anything else. We wanted them to play good sports, they, in turn, reminded us the true spirit of playing any sport.

We know that you are practicing for the games regularly with your dad, working at the strategies with your coach and there are times when you feel tired, but you never give up. Just know this, Sports is all about passion, hard work and determination, and we thought we’d send you a few words of advice.

We know you were playing brilliantly well in your School Cricket Team, but you should also remember you are participating in India’s largest Grass Roots School Sports Program, you will meet many talented players from all parts of India. Competition will be tough and so you will face many challenges. We believe you will make it through. You simply need to work a little harder.
To me, it doesn’t matter how good you are. Sport is all about playing and competing. And, I know how to compete. You should know how to win.

Quote – “Practice can make you perfect”.

You can be even better. Even when your body is sore and tired, you must put the best effort to go for the odd bouncer. And that is when exactly we want you to imbibe positive energy and understand that no matter how hard it may seem, it’s your passion which will help you achieve great things in life.

My friend, keep on shining with the ball, keep bowling fast, and stop that batsman to hit a perfect six. This bat and ball will never leave you. It is one of the best weapons and you should use it in the best possible way.

It is always you who will decide what you want. Even if this letter doesn’t reach out to you, or reaches to someone else who is passionate about sports, we will consider our job done. Rohan, we do believe that you have a lot to explore in the cricket pitch. You can become a professional cricketer in the coming years. Since, cricket is one of the most special games; you will make amazing moments that you’ll treasure for the lifetime.

Best of love. Godspeed.

Sportingly yours,


NOTE: Rohan is a fictional character. It resembles all the young players who are participating in NTSN 2016-17 tournament.