An Open Letter To Raj Kishore Mahto, Midfielder, Jharkhand, SSPF National Football Team 2016 !!

Dear 16 year old Mahto,

I have always been a little good with words but don’t get time to write much due to my hectic schedule. However, you have just forced me to write this. I was in the field doing the live telecast of the football match SSPF v/s BBFS, watching you doing magic with the ball, all by yourself. And I just want to tell you something, “You are simply great at it”. I am your 27 years old FAN.

I must tell you that I envied you when I saw you chasing the ball. I saw the spark in your eyes. I just felt that I lived my childhood in that single moment. It’s been so long that I have not thought about the KHO-KHO sessions of my school. I think that it was the awesome time of my childhood, but now when I am a professional I miss those days when we used to eagerly wait for our SPORTS DAY.

He is No.11

You know there’s always someone in life who reminds of your childhood days. You may call them your twin, or probably someone who shares the same level of energy, passion and excitement as soon as they are in the ground. I must admit that there were some extraordinary players in SSPF’s National Team 2016 and I even interviewed few of them during the Nationals. But, you were my favorite. I failed to make my fellow colleagues understand that why I am a fan of this Jharkhand guy.

You just reminded me of my childhood days. I shared the same energy, excitement and enthusiasm for everything, and that’s exactly why you are my favorite. I saw you playing against the great Bhaichung Bhutia. I saw a spark in your eyes. And those small innocent eyes with big dreams! I cannot ever forget them.

Mahto, I hope one day I will find you playing in Indian football team or something much bigger. I wish you get some great coaches to guide you. I wish you achieve everything. Keep playing with the ball because you have some serious fans who would love to cheer for you again and again. Keep playing because you owe it to yourself. Keep playing when nobody expects you to because you look alive when you do so.

I hope you never lose this happiness which you have found because there are many others who are still struggling, trying to sort out things even when they have everything. The pure happiness which I see in your face when you play football, I am grateful for it. More power to you Mahto!!

Yours truly,

A SSPF member

SSPF Announces India’s Largest Grassroots School Tournament Schools India Cup 2017: Om Pathak

April 23, 2017: SSPF today announces India’s largest grassroots school sports tournament SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017 in 5 different sports. In its 2nd season SSPF is all set to go ahead with three new sports i.e. Volleyball, Basketball, Athletics along with Cricket and Football. This is for the first time that a sports competition or tournament is being organized on a national level.

As compared to the 1st season the number of schools participating this year is almost double which is near 4 thousand schools from different states and districts of the country.  To encourage such participation of schools and children SSPF came up with a National tournament of every sport under its National Talent Search and Nurture Program.

“We are committed to serve the nation and sports is one of the medium where we need to emphasis so that we can bring glory to the country on International sports arena.” Said SSPF chairman Om Pathak. “We are proud to announce a nationwide sports tournament Schools India Cup to be played in 5 different sports under SSPF.” He said.

Former India Football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia is excited with this program-” It is a kind of program which is designed to give exposure to the real talent at grassroots at the right time and in right manner.” He said

In a very short span of one year, SSPF has expanded individual sports and received the honor of National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Now, Schools India Cup is the largest tournament across the country which will further add integrity to this program by opening avenues of opportunities of recognition to the participating school children in education and career

Former Indian Footballer Renedy Singh who is associated with SSPF as a secretary of SSPF National Football Council said “conducting such kind to structured sports tournament across the country will further strengthen the commitment of SSPF to produce more young talents who will represent India on International platform”.

The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in two phases this year- January & April 2017. In the first phase districts which have completed 8 or more school teams have played. Rest of the districts will play in the second phase of the tournament will start by the end of the April 2017 in all the above mentioned 5 sports.

SSPF National Football Team 2016 Beat Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools By 2-0 In A Thriller

Palam Vihar, April 23: SSPF XI secured a smashing victory over BBFS XI to win the exhibition match between SSPF National Football team 2016 and Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools. SSPF team outwitted BBFS by 2-0 to win the CHAMPIONS FOOTBALL MATCH, held at DPSG Palam Vihar School. This thrilling match was conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.

To make it a nail biting match, Bhaichung Bhutia and Renedy Singh also hit the field. Bhaichung played from BBFS team whereas Renedy represented SSPF on field in the match. It was amazing to see both teams lined up in the center with two of the celebrity players leading their respective sides.

In a power packed ground the match started with a whistle of the referee. After a long drawn midfield battle which SSPF XI controlled with a sensible approach, Midfielder  and captain Raj Kishore Mahto (Jharkhand) beat a diving BBFS XI goalkeeper with a superbly timed right footer. With this superb goal in the 26th minute of the match, SSPF XI had a lead of 1-0 in the match.

Everyone was preparing for a grinding battle in the second half the match as BBFS XI was all set to attack to even the score but SSPF XI defended very well till the last. In the 51st minute of the game SSPF again break in BBFS XI’s defense and made it unbeatable 2-0 by mid-fielder Shubham Sangwan (Telangana).

After full time, SSPF XI announced winner by 2-0 against BBFS XI in this champions match. School Sports Promotion Foundation Chairman Mr. Om Pathak and its Treasurer Mr. Anshul Pathak presented the medals and trophies.

BBFS XI– Pavan Yadav, Aryaman Ladha, Shivam Maan, Shivansh Anand, Yarmi Woleng, Ansh Chauhan, Madhusudan Sharma, Divas Shukla, Mukul Gehlot, Siddhant Sharma, Abhishek Sansanwal, Pradyuman, Ankur Bargoti, Puneet Prakash, Vishal Bhardwaj, Trijat, Arka Jyoti Majumdar, Nirmal Kumar, Siddhant Rao.

SSPF XI– Abdullah Rangrez, Samir Thapa, Shardul Gusain, Anmol Soni, Abhishek Aggarwal, Raj Kishore Mahto (C), Jitendra Manjhi, Chote Lal Mahto, Jitendra Mahto, Sameer Kiro, Aleef Rahman Mollah, Sameer Seshadri, Rajat Rathi, Ashu Singh, Mohammed Sohel Mansuri, Rajat Singh, Shubham Sangwan.

You won’t believe what is happening in BBFS v/s SSPF Match!!!

Bhaichung Bhutia is coming.

Renedy Singh will play against Bhutia’s team.

It’s BBFS v/s SSPF

Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools V/S School Sports Promotion Foundation

What Time Is It On, Where Can We See It Live And What Is The Latest Team News?

SSPF takes on BBFS at DPSG Palam Vihar in a game that will be one of the biggest football championships for Gurgaon. This is a big match for the SSPF National Team 2016 and the team is again coming together after the Football Nationals 2016. Here is everything you need to know about the historic Sunday game.

What Time Is SSPF V/S BBFS?

BBFS v/s SSPF will kick off at 4 pm.

SSPF team should know what exactly they need to stay in the game to win the championship against one of the strongest football teams, BBFS. This clash is one of the biggest clashes of what has been an exciting game for the football lovers of Gurgaon.

Where You Can See The Match Live?

You can see the telecast of SSPF v/s BBFS live on SSPF’s FB page. The other option is to go for the registration process in the website of DPSG PALAM VIHAR. This is specifically for students. Students need to update the school ID card to get the registration passes.

What Is The Latest SSPF V/S BBFS Team News?

Bhaichung Bhutia is supporting BBFS’s team. He will initially play for few minutes on their behalf. Reneddy Singh will cheer for SSPF. Catch all the actions live on 23rd April, 2017. See you there!

School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)

School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)
School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) Vs Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS)

Big shout-out to all the Football lovers!!!

The feeling of watching a football game brings in a lot of anticipation whether your favorite team will make or break your day. It is all about the last minute goals, crazy and majestic skills, and also fans singing their favorite teams name as if in a choir, with a loud cheer and pure joy. Football is one game that brings out the right intensity of a game.

This month our very own superstars, SSPF National Team 2016 will be playing against Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools team, at the grounds of DPSG, I Block Palam Vihar.

Come and join us and witness the thrilling and nail-biting match that will take place on 23rd April 2017.

1st Phase Of Cluster Football Tournament In Jaipur District (Rajasthan) Concluded Successfully

In its second season, SSPF successfully made its mark in the western part of the country. Under the title of Schools India Cup, first phase of cluster level football tournament completed in Jaipur district, Rajasthan with four prestigious participating schools – 

  • Defence Public School 
  • Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School
  • Subodh Public School
  • V.B. Vidyashram 

Amongst these schools, two schools i.e. Subodh Public School and B.V. B. Vidyasharam are with SSPF since first season whereas other two schools are the new member of SSPF family. In total 6 matches played, we have witnessed many budding talents battling out for win.

Match 1- Defence Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Defence Public School 

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 3 goals

Match 2- Subodh Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Subodh Public School

MOM- Arpit Sharma

Goal- 1 goal

Match 3- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 3, assisted 1

Match 4- Subodh Public School Vs Defence Public School

School Won- Defence Public School

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 1

Match 5- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Defence Public School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 1

Match 6- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Suboddh Public School

MOM- Manan Patni

School- B.V.B. Vidyashram

Goal- 1

Now, very soon SSPF is all set to start the second phase of cluster level tournament in football as well as all other 4 sports.

What Sports Means To A Coach?

What Sports Means To A Coach?
What Sports Means To A Coach?

Sport is everything that it is, for a sportsman. For a coach, sports is a way of discipline in life, pride in curricular brilliance, a gold mine of sheer hard work and a way of life. Sport plays an important role in a coach’s life. For them, it is an encouraging spirit that gives their players a great sense of purpose to fulfill.  It is the coach who brings forth the best of any player, by introducing them to their fundamental life skills, physical, and psychological strengths.

Role of a Coach in Sports

In sports, a coach is the Alma master for the players. Not only they teach rules, techniques and varied tactics to the beginners, but also provide an objective view to help the team players, enhancing their performances. They help in keeping a team, all together and in high spirit. A coach also helps to deal with top level sports tensions of highs and lows, keeping the calmness within the team during an enormous pressure of a highly competitive environment.

What Sports Means to a Coach

For a sports coach, sports means being biggest, fastest, strongest, and more importantly an honest athlete. Be it any sport, coach’s ideals, morals, and integrity remain the same. For them, there are two very important things that they live for in the enigmatic world of sports – hard work and resilience.

Hard work

For a coach, the very first thing that they immensely believe in hard work in sports. This is the very first practice they preach at the court. Every sport needs 100% motivational spirit. When it comes to achieving success in sports, it requires a lot of hard work which eventually makes you disciplined in life.  Coach believes in putting every ounce of hard work, attending practices and going out of your own comfort to improve the mastery of sports skills. For them, sports is no less than a life lesson and it will only do good to oneself when the player is honest to their own self.


In the competitive world of sports, a coach prefers his player to be the best athlete who must know how to accept stress, frustration, adversities and the failures. They always make it a point for their players to know that only a great athlete can cope up with the skills to learn through the tough experiences. A coach always leaves the gate open to improve in resilience even for the players who are not gifted with talent. A sport is all about developing a realistic attitude about stress and failure and perfection.

On ‘International Day Of Sport For Development And Peace’, Let’s Salute The Power Of Sports

Dangal, Chak De India, Mary Kom, Iqbal, Sultan, MS Dhoni, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar….the list of movies based on sports or sports persons is endless. These stories are inspirational and motivate young people. It strengthens the fact that sports create a strong impact on all our lives and make it better in different ways.

On the day of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace let us dedicate sports in our lives apart from just being a way to stay fit or to break the monopoly in our routines. Sports can drive social change, community development and foster peace and understanding, above all a smile on everyone’s face.

It teaches us the value of togetherness, to think for others before ourselves, to plan for our goals, to relax our worries, to express ourselves better. That is why one of the best to define a sports person is- For a true sportsman, team is his second family.” As all these values have great impact on our personal, social and professional life. The power of teamwork, the importance of selflessness, the impact of performing well is what sports is all about.

Sport is an activity with no age, race or social bar. 6th April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2013, and has been celebrated each year ever since 2014. The IOC, in its capacity of Permanent Observer to the UN, has been supportive of this initiative, as it values its potential to recognize sports organizations’ role in and contribution to social change and human development.

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. So, let’s celebrate the true spirit of sports. Let’s dedicate a part of us to a sport. Let’s indulge ourselves in sports. Let the value of brotherhood, unity and teamwork prevail in all of us to live better and harmonious life.


What Sports Means To An Athlete?

What Sports Means To An Athlete?
What Sports Means To An Athlete?

Sport is a vivid world to any sportsman. For many sportspeople, attempting to maximize the abilities and skills is the same thing as a motivation and resilience to a common man. In an easy term to understand, for an athlete, it is easy to learn a sports skill than being motivated every day. When an athlete attains success, dealing with frustration and adversity becomes a regular thing. Mental toughness is often overlooked and is perhaps an integral sports psychology for any sportsman.

Passion and Purpose for an Athlete

For an athlete, passion and purpose are quite important in life. They have the sheer dedication to the nth cloud possible; they are always aiming for a shooting star in the sky. With true passion, it becomes an obvious difficulty to reach full potential in life. Discovering clarity through constant traveling often makes it easy for the goals to achieve. Eventually, that becomes the purpose of a passionate athlete.

What Sports Means To An Athlete?

For an athlete, it is all about passion and purpose in their lives about the sports. It takes a great deal of perseverance, and loyalty for any sportsman to play their sports with the whole heart. An athlete playing sports means to enjoy the sport. Many times, they play it because, in their life, they are expected to play it. But that might lead to playing it without any passion towards it. Although there is nothing wrong with playing a sport with whole heart, mind, and soul driven in it.

Sports are being centered for an athlete. No matter what sport it is. It is the love of being engaged in all aspects of their training. A sportsman puts workout sessions, rigorous practice regime, health, emotional stability, and many other aspects of the center. For them, it is the clarity of achieving great highs, learning from their lows time to time. For any sportsman, loving every moment of training, heart and the motivation to push harder through the tough times is sports. For them it is the sole seed of their passion and every ounce of their hard work is to take the sport to the next higher level.

In closing, quoting with Heywood Broun quote, ‘Sports do not build character. They reveal it.’


Sports create leaders and it completely fits in the School sports Promotion Organization. When I was approached for this program I was not sure if I want to do it. But the essence of the program providing the balance of studies with sports touched my heart. Often elite players are clueless about their future after they stop taking part in sports. But SSPF is one such program which not only ensures to find the talent at the right age but also provide the best education to those kids giving them bright future ensuring in building a strong nation. It ensures the much needed grass roots training for kids to learn the game at the right age and give their best to India.

While we always talk about why we don’t get more medals at Olympics homework starts right from the beginning of the game. SSPF provides the platform for the players to know the game better, understand their capability and at the same time educate them to be better students and citizens of India.

SSPF puts education at the heart of activities making it easy for the players to learn game more effectively. Basketball is not just a game to play it is a sport that changes life makes us smarter with every skill we learn and perform.

I get query how can I build my future? Where should I train? What will I do if even after working hard I cannot make it to the Elite level? What is the future of sports in India? SSPF is my answer to all of them. As we gear up for our first season I request all the budding players and coaches and school teachers to come forward and be part of us. We will help you achieve better and higher.

I feel satisfied and at the same time hungry to be part of SSPF. Satisfied because I found a path which ensures development and hungry because I want to touch every aspiring player heart beat with our program.

Shiba Maggon

Coach-Indian Junior Team

Secretary- SSPF National Basketball Council