“Keep Calm and Play Schools India Cup 2017”- Surinder Khanna

I am 60 years of age but I still eat, sleep and think cricket. At this age also I have the same passion for the game like any other young player.  And after seeing so many future cricketers playing under one roof of Schools India Cup, I am overwhelmed. It is my second season as Secretary, SSPF National Cricket Council and it is an amazing experience to see budding talent from all over the country.

This season so far we have covered 5 states at the cluster level. I must admit that we have seen some brilliant talent like Aryan Sidharth Pawar- the run machine of Holy Cross Sr. Sec. School Haridwar scored this double ton against S.M.T. Neema Devi Kala Public School. I just gone through the scoresheet and was so excited to see such talent who has 12 sixes and 24 fours which is equivalent to 168 runs just from boundaries. He can do wonders if given the right guidance and coaching.

Oh! How can I forget about Ram! He is the Indian cricket sensation and you can also call him Dhoni’s predecessor. Ram Raushan Sharan from Jawahar Vidya Mandir school, Shayamali. He not only scored 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, Kanke.  He also took 2 vital wickets in that match which proves that he is an excellent all-rounder in making.

In our first season, I have seen such immense talent in the young generation. I still remember the days of our National camp held in Dehradun’s leading school SelaQui International School. It was a 10 days’ camp and I was the head coach. I must say that I learnt a lot from Gen X. I met Sanchit Pasricha from Delhi who is a Chinaman bowler, K SARVAN KUMAR who came all the way from Telangana to attend the camp. I have shared all my expertise and techniques of the sport with these children and observed that given a right opportunities and guidance they can do wonders.

This season we will find more and more talent and as per our mission to give these young players a proper guidance we will soon come up with a center of excellence. It will be one special school where all selected players from this season and previous season will get admission and the expense of their study will be taken care by SSPF. They will get the best of coaching to excel in their favorite sport.

So I just want to wish all the superstar players of tomorrow to play with passion, practice with honesty, believe in yourself and sky will be the limit for you.

Best of luck, CHAMPIONS! J

Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shamali Is On A Row To Produce Another Dhoni !!!

Ram Raushan Sharan, 9th class student of  Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali made 143 not out in just 80 balls during a cluster level match against International Public School, kanke.  Just the same talent from the same school at almost same age.

Yes!!! You guessed it right; we are talking about the former captain cool of team India M. S. Dhoni aka Mahi. The boy from JVM School who changed the history of Indian cricket.

Though it is very early to predict but SSPF is so excited to have Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shayamali registered and playing with us. The same school which has a proud past of producing players like Dhoni.

In his innings, Ram Raushan has scored 18 fours and 7 sky- high sixes. Out of 143 runs he made 114 runs just from boundaries. That’s not all where he stoped. He also took one of the most vital catches of Iftikhar Alam and one wicket of Tanishq Paul L from the opponent team.

In the Ranchi district, 5 clusters with 20 schools have taken part in SSPF Schools India Cup 2017. Jharkhand has produced many sports person who has brought glory to the nation. SSPF also hope to have that privilege that future sports star from this state will play for SSPF in his growing years.

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 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”

Raj Kishore heralds NTSN football with hat-trick for Jharkhand

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 27: A hat-trick by Raj Kishore featured in Jharkhand’s big victory over Karnataka in its opening Group B league match of the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture football championship, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation today. His was the cornerstone around which Jharkhand built it comeback after being a goal down. Continue reading “Raj Kishore heralds NTSN football with hat-trick for Jharkhand”