Why Mr. Rawat, Dhyan Chand Sports Awardee Joined SSPF ?

I am a football lover & I love this game to an extent that I am ready to serve it no matters what. To give my readers an introduction about me is I am founder secretary & technical adviser in Uttarakhand Football Referee Association, President of Dehradun Football Academy and Major Dhayan Chand Sports Awardee in football also.

But the most exciting and thrilled when SSPF approached me to be a part of it. I am a part of SSPF since 2015 and let me confess that I feel more responsible and committed to the sport than any other position as this is connected to grassroots school sports.

Mr. Om Pathak the chairman & founder of SSPF have the vision to spot and nurture talent in such a manner that he/she will serve the country in coming years. It is a kind of initiative that is bringing smile to many young faces who are dreaming to make it big in sports. We hope more and more talented players, coaches and referees will join SSPF to make it happen.

I am very thankful and want to congratulate SSPF Chairman Shri Om Pathak, as he is doing a great job for Indian sports. The need of the country is to search the sporting talent and groom them to represent India in an international platform.

Though there are many grassroots program in India but this is a PAN INDIA movement which is the largest if we talk about any private initiative of this kind. May be it looks like I am appreciating it as I am associated with SSPF, but this is what I exactly feel. The way SSPF is working is really great that is why it has got the tag of an NSPO, recognition from Govt. of India.
I wish you all those are part of this organization. Best wishes to all SSPF management who are promoting grassroots football and rest of the sports.

‘A small step but looking forward to making a difference’ – says SSPF Chairman at the Press Conference, Press Club of India, New Delhi.

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 (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 short video message which said, “Programs like SSPF should get more importance so that the real talent at grassroots can get exposure at the right time and in 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 in school level.” said Chetan Sharma, former International Cricketer, but now 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 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 current facility about any sports these days at the school level. According to him, nurturing budding talents with great facility should be the ideal priority right now. A man of few words, he made it clear that press should feature more sports as well. This gives a lot of confidence to the students from other 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.

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.


Top 5 Tips For NTSN Athlete To Balance Sports & Academics

Striking the perfect balance between sports and academics can be a challenge, especially when you want to excel in both. On one hand, it’s the school bell which reminds us of the new academic year; and on the other hand it’s the whistle which motivates us to get back into the field where your coaches are waiting for you eagerly. It’s a daunting task. Isn’t it? As a participant of NTSN 2016-17, you must be thinking how to achieve great grades and perform exceptionally well on the playing field.

If you are one a student who is doing well in academics and equally passionate about sports, you must be wondering how can I balance both in the right way? As NTSN 2016-17 has already begun, this is the question in your mind all the time. How much is too much? How much time should I devote to sports? When should I go for practice? What should I choose? Which is more important?

Studies have shown that students who play sports have better grades and a more positive attitude towards life when compared with children who don’t. By keeping the time-saving tips in mind and implementing the right strategies, NTSN athletes can become successful both academically and athletically. Here’s how you can strike the right balance:-


 Be Organized

Maintain a calendar for both studies and sports. Write the deadline for school work, assignments and any other task which you have to complete. Keep track of all the sports practices and games. Go through the calendar every week and make all the essential corrections.



With so many tasks to be done at the same time, you should plan your schedule. Make a list of your school time, game time, leisure time and exact time to reach your school/sports club. When you have blocked a particular time in the calendar, you can easily get the time slot for your study and homework.


Weekdays & Weekends Are Equally Important

Check out your calendar and note down all the projects which are yet to be completed and schedule the practice games accordingly. Plan how you will study and practice for the games at the same time.

Take some time in your weekend to plan ahead.Do your homework for the coming week.Go through the important chapters and prepare questions in advance. Use weekends to complete your projects.


Never Ever Wait For Last Minute Task

 Complete the assignments as soon as you get them, and never ever wait for last minute tasks. Poor planning can result into disastrous results. You will either miss the games or get scolded by your teacher for not completing the assignment.


Make The Most Of Free Periods

 Do your homework, look for help if required, study and plan in advance during the weekends. This is what you should do during free periods. The good news is that you can develop different skills and gain a valuable experience by participating in sports- and it’s never too late to start.

All the best!!

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni
10 Things NTSN Players Learn From M.S. Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our country’s shining star. Hailing from a small town Ranchi of Bihar, Dhoni as famously known as has made some cool statement both in the field and off the field. He still continues to win our hearts, doing simple things like staying humble and honest, even after being the cool captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

Debuted in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first test a year later against Sri Lanka, Dhoni is regarded as the attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. Be it Tests, ODIs or IPL matches, he has never disheartened his fans. After taking over the captaincy from a great player Rahul Dravid, India won 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Dhoni is a name, every kid, teenager, uncles, and aunties even the grandparents know in the country. When he walks in the playing field, the loud cheer from the crowd tells what is his fan following like. Considered to be a role model to young players, Team SSPF has listed top 10 things NTSN players learn from M.S.Dhoni.

Read to know more.

  1. Dream big

Coming from a middle-class family, he too had his own aspiration and dreams of aiming high in life. When he got a job in the railways, he continued to dream big and continued to strive his best to make his way to his passion – Cricket. Dreaming big with passion led him finally to be India’s greatest cricket Captain.

  1. Listen to your heart

He always believed one thing – to see your dream come true, always listen to your heart. He never said no to what his peer had to say to him. He wanted to follow his passion and make a sure shot in it, he did what his heart told him to do.

  1. Stay humble

Dhoni never let his ego of being a star in the field and otherwise get in his humanity. He always stayed humble throughout his life. Captain Cool never stopped from learning people around him, and always offered gratitude for life’s offerings with his whole heart.

  1. Learn from obstacles

The major learning from Dhoni is when the team was playing against Punjab, India’s star Yuvraj Singh scored high innings over 300 runs more than Dhoni’s entire team could do in total. Rather getting miffed he told his team members to not feel sad about the loss, for this our regular challenges one will face in the cricket ground. One should learn from the obstacles for it makes a player feel strong mentally and emotionally during matches and strive better.

  1. Accept your failures

Dhoni was a sensation in his school and everyone simply adored him. When he couldn’t make it Under-19 team, everyone was upset except Dhoni. He called it as a reality checker and worked really hard on his weakness. Accepting failure is one of the key points of life.

  1. Yes to hard work

Without any hard work, there is no fruit to success. He believes in working really hard on oneself.

  1. Love your critics’

You will never do well if you don’t take the criticism well. To be good at what you love to do, one has to be open to feedbacks, go bad or worse. It takes a person long way. Dhoni has always been bashed with a lot of criticism about his decision but he never got carried away with his decisions. Rather he used those feedbacks to a good reason to be better and that’s how his team always shined bright.

  1. Leave comfort zone

Dhoni loved playing cricket and for that, he had gone through ample of struggles, learned to fall, survive and rise through.  He believes in achieving something really extraordinary in life, and for that one has to leave the comfort zone.

  1. Let go

Our Captain Cool never lets negative vibe get hold of him. He believes that in any profession getting sad about negative things and asking about why it happened will make you feel vulnerable. Rather getting trapped in what, why and how of any situation, work your way out to shine through it by letting go of that negative vibe.

  1. Be daring and bold

 Taking daring and bold decision has always been his statement when it came to making a stand about anything being Captain Wise. His biggest virtue of life has been being immensely patient and it has always worked with him. This nature has always motivated other team players in his team and thousands of his fans to follow their heart and be wise in life.

How SSPF Changed My Life?

5 February 2017: It was year 2015 when I first came to know about SSPF.  Our school registered their cricket team with SSPF. I and my friends were very excited to hear that our team will get a chance to compete with other district and state level teams as we proceed with the tournament.

It was in the middle of December 2015 when SSPF cluster level matches in West Bengal started. I got selected in district and then state team and got the chance to come to Delhi for Nationals. The city of Kohli and Kotla.

We met legendary cricketer Mr. Chetan Sharma, great wicketkeeper of his time Mr. Surrinder Khanna and the man behind the success of Gautam Gambhir, Amit Mishra and Unmukt Chand. YES, it was Mr. Sanjay Bhardwaj. It was a lifetime experience to meet such icons. Alas! We lost the semifinals against team Delhi. After this loss I thought my journey with SSPF will end but then came the news of my selection in SSPF’s national camp. I jumped out of excitement when I got a call from SSPF officials regarding my selection.

The day I was selected for SSPF camp was the day I would always remember. Although I cannot be a part of this year’s journey with SSPF I would always be obliged towards it for giving me such an exposure.

Talking about the camp I would start with the environment in which the camp was being held. The ground in which our practice sessions was taking place was surrounded by the beauty of nature and till date I have not played in such a beautiful environment. It had increased our want to do well. The coaches were very informative and shared their experiences about the game and I still miss them a lot.

We were given a lot of match practice which helped me in improving my temperament and resulted in me performing well in the Vijay Merchant Trophy for my state Bengal.

At last I want to share my experience of meeting new friends from all over the country. They were the people who made the experience more enjoyable. The list is long as I miss my SSPF friends Aryaman, Tridev, Sumit Chikara, Lovepreet etc. We still stay in touch through social media. Again thank you SSPF for such an experience.


Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, And His Journey

Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey
Asian Cricket Star, SSPF Cricket Secretary Surinder Khanna, and his journey

Surinder Khanna was one of the hardest hitters of the ball in domestic Cricket circuit in the 80’s. Former Indian wicket-keeper and batsman, he debuted in 1976, but playing for Delhi in Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore (1978-79) brought him to rising fame. In this season, he made a century in each innings and Delhi made a triumph victory at the Nationals.

Born June 3, 1956, legendary Surinder Khanna was a strong lead as a wicket keeper in the domestic matches. With his name shining in the world of cricket in the late 70’s, he became a designated wicketkeeper for India in 1979 world cup in England.

As much as, he was an exceptional player off the back foot, he was also a beast when it came to aggressive ‘win the goal’ moment in the matches. His batting was remarkable, and he was known for his furious stroke play against best of the bowlers. He was an example of rare gift among Indian batsman. As a wicket-keeper, he was the most reliable and he earned the spot all by his hard work and merit. For Khanna, cricket was and still is a way of life; deep-rooted with practice and passion etched for life.

His career includes ten one day tournament and 106 first class matches which marked the best of his days. He always cherishes his debut days in 1976, often calling them as one happy vivid moment of his career span.

In one of his foremost interviews, where he talked about his glory day at the Ranji Trophy against Karnataka in Bangalore, he mentions, “Karnataka had a good side. (Gundappa) Viswanath, (Brijesh) Patel, (EAS) Prasanna, (BS) Chandrasekhar. It was a formidable side. But we had Mohinder and Surinder (Amarnath), Madan Lal, Chetan Chauhan, Rakesh Shukla, and Bedi Saab motivating us all through. I was destined to get those centuries and it just happened. Don’t forget Mohinder made 178 not out and we recovered from 49 for five in the second innings. We had a good partnership (256 runs) and I was so engrossed in batting that I did not realize I had scored my second century.” One of the best compliments that he still takes pride is when Bedi Saab gave him a warm hug when he returned to the dressing room after the match. He also made remarkable niche as India’s hero at the Asia Cup 1984, where he was declared as Man of the Series for his 51 not out against Sri Lanka and 56 against Pakistan.

Having joined as the Cricket Secretary in School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF), Surinder Khanna feels immensely proud to join this great initiative to promote honest talent at the grassroots level.

He said in one of the interviews, ‘I played in an era when players were honest, officials were honest. There was no money those days but cricket was good. Today, everyone wants to come and play cricket and people are willing to go to any extent to push their sons and students.’

As quoted from his earlier press interaction, Cricket star Surinder Khanna looks forward to being of any help, possible to bring forth all deserving candidates from remote rural and urban cities of the country, and condition them from basic to a level that shapes the overall mindset of sportsmanship in India.