Will International Cricket Get Next Imran Tahir From West Bengal?

Pritam Hela, a 12-year-old child and a huge fan of South African leg spinner Imran Tahir wants to make it big in Cricket. A budding leg spinner from Howrah district of West Bengal. Pritam is 8th class student who is dreaming big and to make it to the International cricket he has started his cricket journey with SSPF Schools India Cup.

In the cluster level tournament, he has played 3 matches from his school team. In these matches Pritam has taken 7 crucial wickets and won 2 Man of The Match titles. It’s due to his performance that his school Andhra Association School is on the top of the point table with clear victory in every match. His father Rajendra Hela is a Govt. officer and mother Sharmila Hela is a housewife.

As we all know Bengal’s first love is football, which is why Pritam’s father always wanted him to play football. But Pritam preferred cricket ball instead of football. At the age of 8 he started taking cricket coaching from his coach Bidyut Mukherjee’s cricket academy Jagacha Thana Zonal Sports Association, Howrah. The credit to explore his potential as a leg spinner goes to Mr. Mukherjee. According to him- “when Pritam came to him he use to bowl pace while he can turn his wrist well. His wrist action was ideal for a natural leg spinner. So I told him to change from pace bowling to spin and he is now working hard for it.”

To fulfill his dream to be a successful cricketer Pritam doesn’t hesitate to make an extra effort to attend school and then back to back coaching from school.  He even gets up early in the morning on his holidays on Saturdays and Sundays and goes for coaching by 6.30 am.

12 is such an age where you are at the stage of leaving your childhood and about to hold hands of your teens. At this agelittle Bengal champ aiming high for his passion of life which is now cricket for him. We wish him all the luck for his future so he achieves all the goals he wants to.

SSPF Player Diganta Neogi Making Mark To Be The Next Promising Cricketer

Creating Winning Opportunity” is a tag line on which SSPF believes in. The best example to prove this tagline is the winning start of budding cricketer Diganta Neogi sporting journey. Diganta, the youngster who was the part of the winning team of BCCI Board Trophy (East Zone).

Neogi was just 15 years old IX class student when he participated in SSPF through his school Akshar School of North Kolkata, West Bengal. That was the first interaction between SSPF and Diganta and now in less than 2 years span Diganta has made his mark to prove the world that Cricket is not just his hobby but his passion.

He was just 6 years old when he first held a cricket bat in his hands. At the age of 14, he got the chance to play under- 14 Cricket Association of Bengal Ambar Roy Tournament. His team not only won the tournament but he was the Man of the Match of the final match with 103 runs and 3 wickets as well as Man of the Series. He was also the part of the Bengal U-15 side.

This was the time when SSPF came into his game. He represented his state in the SSPF National Cricket Tournament and selected for the National Camp. Here he got training under eminent cricketers and coaches like Surinder Khanna and Chetan Sharma. Remembering his camp days Diganta said- “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.”

In BCCI U- 16 Vijay Merchant Trophy his team reached the semi-finals. He was amongst the top 10 highest run getters of the tournament. He got selected for the Zonal Cricket Academy in Ranchi. He scored a century in the trial matches to be part of the East Zone team which was playing the BCCI Zonal Trophy in Hyderabad. We also ended up winning the tournament.

SSPF is really proud to have such a talent who took part in the initiative of SSPF to promote sports at the grassroots level.

SSPF Is All Set To Start Its District Level Athletics Meet

For the very first time SSPF is coming up with Athletics as a new sport under Schools India Cup 2017. On 15th July the district level meet will start in three different districts i.e. Saharanpur, Ahmadabad and Gandhinagar. In this meet the events are as follows

  • Long jump
  • 100 meters’ race
  • 200 meters’ race
  • 400 meters’ race
  • 800 meters’ race

This is the first sport where SSPF invited girls’ team to participate in its second season under Schools India Cup 2017. We have created two different age category which are Under- 12 and Under- 15. All the events are open for both categories and teams of girls as well as boys except 800 meters’ race. In this event, U-15 boys team will only participate.

From 3 districts which are participating in the first phase, total 13 schools will be competing with each other with 98 budding athletes from their schools. The participating schools and venue for the competition is as follows-:

District – Saharanpur
Venue – Ambedker Stadium, Saharanpur
No. of Schools – 05
Name of Schools –

  • Glocal School
  • Sofia Girls Sr. Sec School
  • Saraswati Vihar Sr. Sec School
  • KV Airforce Station Sarswa
  • Delhi Public School

District – Ahmadabad
Venue – SAI Center, Gandhinagar
No. of Schools – 04
Name of Schools –

  • Apple Global School
  • Aone Higher Secondary School
  • Euro School
  • Best High School

District – Gandhinagar
Venue – SAI Center, Gandhinagar
No. of Schools – 03
Name of Schools –

  • I. Patel Secondary English Medium School
  • KV AFS Wadsar
  • KV CRPF Gandhinagar

 

Get Set Go , It’s Time For Diya Nair’s Show

Stage has been set and countdown has begun for the first ever girls’ competition in the history of SSPF. Yes, you have heard it right. Athletics is all set to begin its district level competitions. It is the only sport where girls’ teams are also participating from across the country. More power to WOMEN SPORTS! More power to women who participate in sports despite the challenges they meet everyday.

To showcase the hidden athlete in these power puffed girls, we have identified one budding talent from Ahmedabad. This bright teenager girl Diya Nair is a IX standard student of Euro School – Ahmedabad. She was very excited when she came to know about this event from her Coach Joseph Sabastian. She is so thrilled when she heard that her school has also registered for SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017. Her favorite tagline is- Get Set Go, Its Time For Diya Nair’s Show!!!

“I am happy to know that special emphasis is given on female participation. I had participated in other sports meet like “Khel Mahakumbh” etc. What I feel special about SSPF is that it’s the 1st time ever a talent hunt for sports at grassroots level is conducted and the talent will be further nurtured to win medal for Country.” she said.

She is very positive that she will make a mark in here. Diya is optimistic that her coach Joseph Sabastian will guide her well to do the same. “I am training under My Coach Joseph Sabastian since last 6 Months for Athletics. I have been doing Athletic even before but after being trained under Joseph sir I am getting to know the technicalities of each type of exercises and drills. These training gave me a different insight about the sport.”

Diya told us- “For SSPF we are trained 4 days a week for 3 to 4 hrs. We do ground training as well as weight training for strength. Plyometrics, Strength Endurance, Resistance, Planks, Ground Drills and much more in our practice schedule, our coach train us hard and makes sure that we get proper diet because according to him medals can’t only be won by will power. Each and every aspect plays an important role i.e, techniques, diet, guidance, and will power. In the mentor ship of Joseph sir and with the support of Gurvinder ma’am sure we will win Medals in SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017.”

Looking forward for this event under SSPF which will give me a platform to further rise to National and International levels and win Medal for my country making my parents, my mentor, my teachers, friends and moreover my country proud.

Does Height Matter For A Goalkeeper?

And, that’s how he saved a goal for SSPF. We should definitely give credit to his height, said the Doordarshan Journalist during the SSPF v/s BBFS match.

There is a perception among people that the football goalkeepers should be tall to perform well in the match. While there are many coaches who will talk about the right technique and height to save a goal, others consider height as one of the most essential factors that determines the effectiveness of a goalkeeper.

 

Attributes Of A Goalkeeper

Needless to mention, it is just a physical attribute, and won’t really matter in executing the skill. However, if we talk about real match situations, it becomes easier for the goalkeeper to save the goal.

Let’s have a look at the top skills/attributes a soccer goalkeeper should have which are as follows:-

Agility
Reflex
Footwork
Collection
Reading and understanding the game
Organizing the team
Communication
Diving technique
Catching technique
Punching technique
Ball control with feet
Right Timing
Vertical leap height
Reach

Right Balance of Height And Techniques

It is very important for a goalkeeper to have the right balance between the height and technique. If we talk about modern football, a goalkeeper should be both tall and technically sound. Good footwork allows a goalkeeper to cover the length of the goal rapidly and also creates a strong base for diving.

GEOMETRY OF A FULL SIZE SOCCER GOAL

Let’s talk about the geometry of a full size soccer goal.

Height: 2.44 m ( 8 ft)
Width: 7.32m ( 24 ft)

What this means is that if a goalkeeper is standing in the middle of the net and dive to the top corner, ~ 4.0 m (13 ft., 1 in.) will be the distance from hands to the corner. Would the few extra centimeters really matter? What about the leg strength, leaping ability and timing of the dive?

According to a recent report, a minimum height of a goalkeeper should be 1.80m ( 5 ft, 11in.) and the ideal height should be 1.90 m ( 6 ft, 3 in). There are many successful shorter goalkeepers, such as MEXICAN JORGE CAMPOS & COLUMBIAN RENE HIGUITA whose height is 1.75 m (5 ft., 9 in.)

CONCLUSION

What we consider is an entire package of mental, physical and technical attributes for a football goalkeeper and decides whether they should participate in the competition. Height cannot be the “only” factor to be a successful goalkeeper.

A successful goalkeeper should be able to stop the shots, make the right decision at the right team, and should know how to control the batter. These few attributes are more important than the height.

TIPS

• Try to spot the goalkeeper from a very early age.
• Do a little bit of research on the family ground and check the potential height in the future.
• Nurture the player.

Good height is definitely a coveted attribute but it doesn’t define the success for a goalkeeper. Determination to succeed, hard work on technique and development of leadership skills are keys to the top.

Good luck!