My name is Tushar Sunil Pawar and I am a student of KLS school, Belgaum, Karnataka. Schools India Cup is a wonderful platform where I and my team got the opportunity to show our Football talent. As I became the Star Player of the Tournament, I would like to thank few people for making me such good footballer who I am in this letter.
Recently we won SSPF’s cluster tournament in Belgaum and I am so happy to be the STAR PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT.
I started playing when I was 5 years old and I have not stopped playing this beautiful game since then. I have represented my school for 6 years continuously. We have won many trophies like United Goans Cup, Phoenix Trophy, Belgaum District Football Association Cup and we were also the runners up in Dasrhan Trophy. I was adjudged as the Best Player in Darshan Trophy in the Belgaum District Football Association Cup. Football is an emotion for you. How can I forget that beautiful moment when I was the top scorer in Father Eddie’s Tournament? It is one of the most prestigious cup at the school level.
This year I and my team performed well in the above mentioned trophies and we are hoping to keep up our game. My aim certainly is to represent India in the future and I am working hard towards achieving my goals.
I would like to thank my parents, coach and friends for the tremendous support they give to me. I am really thankful to SSPF for encouraging young talent throughout India and providing a platform in Schools India Cup to showcase their talent.
For a sportsman win is the epitome of hard work and dedication. To get to the pinnacle of their sport, even the most naturally gifted athletes have to give it their all. This is what KLS English Medium School has done to win the cluster level tournament of Belgaum district (Karnataka). With phase- 1 of Schools India Cup 2017 coming to an end KLS English Medium School has made its mark.
Tushar Panwar, 9th class football player of this school has been the star player of this tournament. Tushar was the part of total 6 goals in which he assisted or scored it himself for his team to win. 2 out of 4 matches which his team played he was the “Man of The Match” including the knock out where he assisted Ayan Mudalgi to make the first goal for his team KLS English Medium School won by 2-1 against Islamiya P.U. Comp. collage.
The tournament took place at Subhash Chandra Ground, Shivaji Colony, Tilakwadi. In first phase 8 schools in 2 clusters took place-
KLS English Medium School
Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 2, Belgaum Cantt.
Love Dale Central School
Cantonment Board School
Islamiya Comp. P. U. Collage
KLE International School
Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Khanapur
Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, AFS Sambra
Out of these clusters winner of each cluster made it to knockout qualifier-
Cluster 1 Winner: KLS English Medium School
Cluster 2 Winner: Islamiya Comp. P. U. Collage
After a great qualifier KLS English Medium School excelled to make it to the top with flying colors. Now SSPF is all set to start the second phase of cluster level tournament in football as well as all other 4 sports. The tournament is likely to start from 15th April 2017 onwards.
Sports not only help us to keep fit and focused but also generate a level of creative satisfaction that gives us a sense of integrity, a sense of strength and a great sense of achieving something for others, no matter if it’s a winning trophy or just a good performance.
The satisfaction that you get when playing your favorite sport is the ultimate driving force which led me to initiate a project like School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF). Sports unleash the sense of thinking and dreaming within you.
As kids we have dreams, but as adults we stop dreaming. But I am a big dreamer as I never stopped dreaming and aiming high. SSPF is the result of this knack of mine as American basketballer Frank Gaines rightly said- “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”
SSPF is not only India’s first grassroots school sports program but it’s also a passion to take concrete steps for the betterment of sports. Sports are considered as a hobby in our country and for us to become a sporting nation we need to feel its importance in our daily lives.
I still remember when we started in 2015, our biggest challenge was to start such a project which had not been attempted, let alone achieved ever before in our country. As professional American footballer Ronnie Lott said- “If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”
Now we have entered the second season wherein alongside Cricket & Football, we are introducing three new sports- Volleyball, Basketball and Athletics. With these new initiatives we remain focused on delivering on our promise to keep evolving and aiding in making India a great sporting nation.
To add another feather in our hat we have received recognition from Govt. of India as an NSPO which is at par with all National federations. As the legendary Pele said- “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning”.
So always remember to keep believing in your goals and making unrelenting efforts to achieve them!
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish”- Michelle Obama
Gone are the days when we used to imagine a shy, sensitive and introvert female while talking about Indian woman. Women can be empowered by promoting their participation in all areas to improve their quality of life and bring gender equality. The best thing is that women are making their mark in the world of sports.
Sports have huge potential to empower women and girls. It can be a force to amplify women’s voice and tear down gender barriers and discrimination. In addition to generate physical and mental health benefits, sports can be an effective platform to provide women and girls with leadership. With the growing participation of women in sports globally and nationally, sports is being seen as a means of great empowerment. Their participation in sports enables them to live a life of dignity.
This is the reason why I am associated with sports and as a lady a part of School Sports Promotion Foundation who is working towards grassroots sports development. SSPF has introduced Athletics, especially woman teams as one of the new sport in its second season.
I am proud to be the district coordinator of Saharanpur for SSPF. I am taking care of Athletics because they have encouraged girls’ school team to participate in the same. There might be many foundations, clubs or academies which are working for promoting girls in sports, but SSPF is one of its kind and the largest grass-root sports program working for promoting the females to prove their strength in sports.
As a woman I believe that if women are empowered they can make independent decision which is necessary for the bright future of their family, society and country. To really bring empowerment every woman needs to be aware about her rights. According to the UN when girls participate in sports, they are more likely to attend school and to reach their potential in contributing to the society.
Unleash your “girl power” and prove to the world what a fighter you are!!!
With the unmeasurable support from the Sports Authority of India; School Sports Promotion Foundation brings Schools India Cup which sees students from all corners of the country playing national tournaments at the grassroots level. In the first season, National Sports Promotion Organisation has made more than 2100 schools play over 2000 matches and students over 20 states have taken an active part in the games last year.
School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) believes that with the help of right guidance and sheer hard work, each of the deserving candidates blooming with talent – will surely achieve the best of all success, marking a niche in the enigmatic field of the sports world.
Chairman and educationist, Mr. Om Pathak introduces Schools India Cup to bring forth skillful and creative players of this young and energetic generation to take the sports at the grassroots to the next level. Along with a group of legendary and renowned experts such as Mr. Bhaichung Bhutia and Mr. Chetan Sharma, among others, they are all breaking the stereotype and are scout hunting fresh talents from different corners of remote areas in the country.
School Sports Promotion Foundation has recently being appointed as the National Sports Promotion Organisation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports by the government, thus giving a national honor within such a short span.
It is indeed a matter of a great pride that SSPF is now conducting Schools India Cup to help the students realize their dream coming true. These students will be given a push to pursue their favorite sport and recognize their talent. Handpicked by our panel of experts during the ground level tests and tournaments, further, these students will be playing at the state and national levels after rigorous core training under the supervision of professional guidance.
Schools India Cup registrations are open to schools and team entry. Any school from any part of the country is welcome to register themselves under the sports category – Cricket, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, and Athletics.