Sports Icons looking to spot future champions in Schools India Cup-Season 3

The moment has finally arrived.

Season 3 of the Schools India Cup, arguably India’s largest grass root sports program, takes off from September 1, and the Mentors are as excited as the super talented youngsters who will be participating across India to showcase their talent in five sports disciplines.

For the record, the Schools India Cup is a three-tier championship, starting from the inter-school level at the district, then state, and the Nationals. The competitions will be held in five sports disciplines – athletics, football, volleyball, basketball and cricket.

Every year, former international cricketer and Chairman of SSPF’s National Schools Cricket Council, Chetan Sharma trains and mentors a few hundred young cricketers in the Schools India Cup. Ahead of Season 3, Sharma shares tips with the young cricketers who will be playing the championship (watch video):“It’s important to focus right from the cluster level because each match is going to be important. Don’t throw away this opportunity because it may not come again”.

The performance at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta has once again put the limelight on India’s young athletes. Inspired by the performance of youngsters like Hima Das and Dutee Chand, Olympian and Asian Games Gold Medalist Charles Borromeo feels that the 2018-19 Schools India Cup-athletics championships could create history (watch video): for the sport.  The Chairman of the National Schools Athletics Council says, “We have received a very positive response from Jammu Kashmir to Assam, and strongholds like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Tamil Nadu. Season 3 will create history in India to create new champions from schools through the district, state, and National.”

India hosted the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and the Schools India Cup-football championship is meeting the demand for a quality grass root school program from football-loving youngsters and their parents who want their kids to become India’s Messi and Ronaldino. Football legend and SSPF’s National Schools Football Council Chairman, Bhaichung Bhutia sends his best wishes to all the participants in Season 3.(watch video): The inter-school district football championship in Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar launches Schools India Cup-Season 3 on September 1. India’s basketball star and Chairman of National Schools Basketball Council, Vishesh Bhrighuvanshi has conveyed his best wishes to all the participants in the Schools India Cup-basketball championship.

Schools from Kargil and Leh, districts located in Jammu and Kashmir’s difficult terrain, have also confirmed their participation for the 2018-19 edition. Former India volleyball skipper and Chairman of the National Schools Volleyball Council, Om Parkash (watch video): says the increasing popularity of Schools India Cup in the last couple of years made it inevitable for young children in Kargil and Leh to demand from their respective schools to follow the trend of the rest of India.

The battle lines are drawn, the referees, umpires and technical officials have registered themselves online, the hosts schools are adding the finishing touches to the field of play, the Cluster, District, and State Coordinators have prepared the fixtures, the mentors have packed their bags to move from venue to venue—the Schools India Cup offers a complete experience to India’s young champions in the making. 


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