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.