Sameer’s Journey In SSPF : What His Proud Father Sees

I, as a parent, have been closely observing the activities of SSPF. I must say that they have made tremendous progress in the first year itself.

Why do I say so?

Well I got to know of SSPF when they had organized the first round of School level Football tournament in Gurgaon and other places in 2016.My son, Sameer Seshadri, went on to play from school to district to State in July 2016.

  1. Finally the Nationals at Delhi in Sep 2016. What is noteworthy is these matches were well managed without any issues. 
  2. Thereafter Sameer was selected to train in the National Camp at Dehradun. Here again the arrangements were excellent in terms of stay, food and coaching. 
  3. When I heard of the Football Tournament in Apr 2017 between SSPF and BBFS, we were really excited. The game and the overall feel of the tournament was great.The most appreciable aspect was the opportunity for the boys to interact and also play with Bhaichung Bhutia and Rennedy Singh. This was an absolutely high level motivation for the team.

The entire sequence of the above events shows a structured approach, professional effort and dedication to a set goal. This is what I call “tremendous progress”

Added to this is great teamwork among the boys and the efforts of an exceptional Coach Deepak Jha.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to Mr. Om Pathak for his vision and the entire team of SSPF for all that is done so far and look forward to even greater contribution to the field of Sports.

Regards

Rajesh Votépur

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.

Young guns take home rich learning from National Camp

img_20161013_064939_094Dehradun October 25: The curtain came down on a fortnight-long residential National coaching camp at the sylvan settings of the SelaQui International School here for cricket and football trainees chosen on the basis of their performance in the School Sports Promotion Foundation’s National Talent Search and Nurture (NTSN) competition 2015-16.

Former India wicket-keeper Surender Khanna, who was Chief Coach of the cricket camp for 37 boys picked from across the country, was pleased with their intensity and passion shown. “The hunger to learn was evident among the boys and I was delighted that I could interact with a bunch of players whose talent will see them make a name for themselves soon,” he said.

Similarly, Football Chief Coach Virendra Singh Rawat believed that there was immense talent in the 35 players who attended the camp under his watchful eyes. “These are gifted players and it was a pleasure working with them to hone their skills over the past fortnight,” he said. “I am sure we will hear much about some of the lads who attended the camp.”

The players – cricketers and footballers alike – were happy with the quality of training and facilities at the camp. “We have not attended anything like this and will benefit a great deal from the knowledge gained during the camp,” said Bengal batsman Deganta Niyogi. Andhra Pradesh’s leg-spinner Prudhvi Prasant Kumar agreed and said: “Deganta is echoing our thoughts.”

Uttar Pradesh midfield Gaurav Rai (Army Public School, Varanasi) said he and his fellow football trainees learnt a great deal during the camp. “We would have loved a longer camp and are said that camp is ending today. We not only picked up much from our coaches but also made friends from across the country,” he said.

Indeed, for two weeks, the boys were taken through the whole gamut of the game – from the physical training to the mental preparation to the skill development both by way of practice and in match situation. They were put up in comfortable hostel accommodation and their diet needs were well looked at the SelaQui International School.

In its inaugural year, NTSN competition saw 1200 teams take part in cricket and football competitions

SSPF names 36 footballers to undergo special camp in Dehradun

Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.
Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.

New Delhi, September 14: Thirtysix boys have been picked from the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship to attend a camp at the SelaQui International School in Dehradun from October 13 to 25. As many as seven of these boys are from Haryana, which emerged champion of the School Sports Promotion Foundation event here on September 2.

The following are the 36 probables:

Goalkeepers: Aleef Rahman Mollah (DPS Sushant Lok, Gurgaon), Prasoon Kumar Rai (Sant Atul Anand School, Varanasi), Rangrez Abdulla (Zilla Parishad School, Osmanabad) and Shreyan Dev Singh (JK Public School, Jammu).

Defenders: Eashav Singh (MV International School, Kathua), Jitendar Manjhi (SS High School, Simdega), Abhishek Aggarwal (Campion School, Bhopal), Mohammed Sohel Mansuri (Nirmala English Higher Secondary School, Korba), Fleming Sotra (DBN Vidya Mandir, Jammu), Sunny Singh (Scottish High, Gurgaon), Ashu Singh (Summerfield, Gurgaon) and Aniket Parasher (DPS, Bhopal), Aryan Raj (DPS Patna), Chotelal Mahto (Urdu Town High School, West Singhbhum), Amir Shapuri (Islamic Composite PU College, Belgaum) and Sameer Thapa (Army Public School, Varanasi).

Midfielders: S Masthanvali (Little Birds High School, Kurnool), Ali Khan (KC Public School, Jammu), Jitender Mahto (Catholic Ashram School, Ramgarh, Jharkhand), Kaushik Patil (St Mary High School, Belgaum), Parwaz Singh Gill (Scottish High, Gurgaon), Raj Kishore Mahto (SS High School, Simdega), Hansit Varshney (Scottish High, Gurgaon), Gaurav Rai (Army Public School, Varanasi), Anmol Soni (Decent English School, Bhopal), Mayank Singh (Sri Guru Goving Singh High School, Patna), Aashish Kumar (Kernriya Vidyalaya, Kankarbagh, Aayan Taragi (Scottish High, Gurgaon), Shubham Sangwan (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad), Vipin Yadav (APS, Gwalior).

Strikers: Rajat Rathi(DPS Sushant Lok, Gurgaon), Nishant Chandra (St. Michael’s, Patna), Priyanshu (DPS, Patna), Samir Kiro (SS High School, Simdhega), Shaurya Singh (MVMS Vidyalaya, Jaipur) and Rajat Singh (Stepping Stone Intermediate College, Varanasi).

Rajat Rathi’s hat-trick stars in Haryana’s NTSN title triumph

Haryana team celebrates the title triumph with this special photograph
Haryana team celebrates the title triumph with this special photograph

New Delhi, September 2: Haryana’s scoring machines Rajat Rathi, who scored a hat-trick, and Aayan Taragi found an extra gear the final half hour to slot in four goals in the team’s 5-2 victory over Bihar and claim the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation here today.

Jharkhand shared two goals with Madhya Pradesh in regulation time but won the third place play-off via the penalty shootout as curtain came down at the DDA CWG Village Sports Complex on the first season of India’s largest school-based sports programme. As many as 2100 schools across 21 States had registered for the cricket and football competitions. Continue reading “Rajat Rathi’s hat-trick stars in Haryana’s NTSN title triumph”

Haryana to take on Bihar in NTSN title clash

img_7266New Delhi, Sept 1: Bihar and Haryana secured contrasting victories over Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand to set up the summit clash in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation, here.

Bihar scrapped hard to beat a depleted but gallant Madhya Pradesh 1-0 while Haryana outwitted Jharkhand 5-1 in the semifinals at the Salwan Public School, Loni.  Arpit Kapil slotted home a penalty kick to help Bihar win its second match of the day, having beaten Rajasthan 4-1 in the quarterfinals that had been deferred to this morning because of Wednesday’s rain. Continue reading “Haryana to take on Bihar in NTSN title clash”

Madhya Pradesh stuns Uttar Pradesh on way to semifinal

Uttar Pradesh's Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday
Uttar Pradesh’s Gaurav Rai is in pursuit of a fourth goal in the closing stages of the Group A match against Odisha on Saturday

New Delhi, August 31: Madhya Pradesh booked a berth in the semifinals of the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation, with a stunning 3-1 victory over Uttar Pradesh at the Salwan Public School, Loni, near here today.

Madhya Pradesh had qualified as the second team from Group C while Uttar Pradesh had pumped in 18 goals in three league games. Continue reading “Madhya Pradesh stuns Uttar Pradesh on way to semifinal”

Telangana and Haryana set up quarterfinal clash

Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.
Odisha presses forward against Telangana in a crucial match.

New Delhi, August 29: Telangana and Haryana today set up a quarterfinal clash in the National Talent Search and Nurture football championship being conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF). Telangana kept spirited Odisha at bay for a 4-1 win in a crucial Group A clash while Haryana posted its second straight win, a 5-0 verdict over Uttarakhand to top Group C.

A brace each by Saif Hussain (19th minute and 40th) and N Naresh (35th and 45th minutes) set up Telangana’s victory over Odisha. Ajit Panyel scored Odisha’s consolation goal in the 53rd minute but it was too little reward for the bravehearts from Malkangiri district.

Continue reading “Telangana and Haryana set up quarterfinal clash”

Rajat Singh strike helps Uttar Pradesh secure last eight berth

New Delhi, August 28: A 51st-minute strike by Rajat Singh helped Uttar Pradesh beat back a stiff challenge by Telangana 1-0 in a group A league match in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football competition at the Salwan Public School ground in Loni near here today. The second straight win saw the well-oiled Uttar Pradesh book a berth in the quarterfinals of the championship organised by the School Sports Promotion Foundation.

Rajasthan and Jharkhand assured themselves places in the knockout phase from Group B with their second successive victories over Chhattisgarh 4-0 and Karnataka 8-0 respectively at the DPS Ghaziabad ground while Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir posted facile victories over Madhya Pradesh 4-0 and Andhra Pradesh 5-1 in the three-team Groups C and D respectively. Continue reading “Rajat Singh strike helps Uttar Pradesh secure last eight berth”

NTSN Cricket Tournament creates awesome opportunity for schoolboys: Chetan Sharma

Sonipat, August 10, 2016: As many as 15 States will vie for honours in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture cricket tournament, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) in association with the Sports Authority of India. The national tournament will be played here from Aug 12 and will climax at the Bharatnagar ground in Delhi on Aug 22.

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SSPF Cricket Council Chairman, former India cricketer Chetan Sharma says he is excited by the tremendous success of the tournament. “Nearly 12,500 schoolboys from more than 800 schools across the country took part in the tournament. The boys have come through the process of playing for their schools and their district teams before being picked for the State teams,” he said. “It creates awesome opportunity for the schoolboys to play a structured, well-organised tournament.”

“Such a project has never been attempted, let alone achieved, in our vast country,” said SSPF Chairman Om Pathak. “With close to 2000 school teams registering to play football and cricket in the inaugural year, the enthusiasm across the nation has been palpable.  With the end of the first season in sight, we are able to joyously look at the progress of cricket and football under the aegis of the SSPF in partnership with the Sports Authority of India.”

The 15 teams will play league games in four venues in Sonipat, including the PM Group of Institutions, the Swarnaprastha Public School, DPS Public School and OP Jindal University.