Let The Final Battle Begin!

Sonipat district of Haryana will witness the cricket crazy passion of youth for complete 7 days. From 15th– 21st January 2018, Schools India Cup National Cricket Championship will take place at 4 different venues-

  • M. College, Sonipat
  • National Sports Club, Sonipat
  • Bal Bhavan, Sonipat
  • Sekhpura Cricket Ground, Sonipat

In this sports event, 11 states from across the country will participate with their best team selected after district and state trials. The states participating in this National Championship are-

  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Delhi
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • Punjab
  • West Bengal
  • Jharkhand
  • Uttarakhand
  • Rajasthan
  • Haryana
  • Karnataka
  • Andhra Pradesh

Coaching camps of 10 days were held in these 11 states to select the final state teams. After going through the different stages, almost 200 budding talents are selected to participate in this sporting event. These 11 states will compete in this National Championship in 3 different pools.

Punjab Jharkhand Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh
Karnataka Andhra Pradesh Uttarakhand
West Bengal Haryana

In its second season, with Mr. Chetan Sharma as chairman and Surrinder Khanna as secretary of SSPF National Cricket council, we have received an overwhelming response from all around India.



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

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”

Abhishek Chandel believes he can emulate Suresh Raina

The hours at practice and the hours his tireless father has sent a series of throws-down combined with his own passion and determination have made Udaipur’s Abhishek Chandel one of the brightest spots of the National Talent Search and Nurture cricket tournament, conducted by the School Sports Promotion Foundation in tandem with the Sports Authority of India.

An innings of 229 off just 84 deliveries for St. Anthony’s Senior Secondary School against Rockwoods High School contributed nearly half the 442 runs that the left-hander scored in the district and State level competitions but he lifted his game when his team needed in the crucial play-off games against Jaipur and Jodhpur to help Udaipur emerge Rajasthan champion.

The young Sures h Raina of SSPF !

The knocks of 43 off 15 deliveries against Jaipur in the semifinal and 59 off 50 deliveries against Jodhpur in the final were evidence of his batting according to the situation and providing the thrust to his team’s score. It appears inevitable that he would be picked for the Rajasthan team to play in the National championship in Sonepat and Delhi in August.

His 442 runs place him among top five run-scorers in NTSN’s inaugural edition. Then again, he has not got to this stage without hard work and the ability to balance his love of sport and his studies. Two hours practice in the morning before school, special tuitions and then three hours again for the Class XI student of St. Anthony’s Senior Secondary School.

Being a student of commerce, Abhishek wants to be a successful chartered accountant. However, he has chosen physical education as an additional subject as he wants to follow his passion along with studies. “I love cricket. My favorite player is Suresh Raina. I am also a left-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner like him,” he said.

Apart from matches for his school, Abhishek has been training under coach Manoj Choudhary at the Wonders’ Cricket Academy for three years. But he says the NTSN tournament helped him mature as a player. “The tournament brought in seriousness to my game and I have started working on my techniques more seriously,” he said.

Play, Passion, PItch

It helps that Abhishek’s father, Mangi Lal Chandel, is a Physical Education Teacher in a Government school. “Whenever my father gets time, he helps me with my knocking. He also comes to watch my matches and tells me to learn and refine my game,” he said, pride bursting forth from his heart.

He says his mother sometimes pressures to perform as well in school as he does in cricket since she is concerned about his health and diet. Yet, at the same time she has full faith in his son that his focus will help him overcome challenges like a champion.

Top scorer Shaurya Singh draws joy from setting up goals too

New Delhi: Shaurya Singh is preparing for a career in law but when he dons his football gear, his focus on the task on hand is really sharp. It has led him to 14 goals and to set up nine goals for his team-mates in the inaugural season of the SSPF National Talent Search and Nurture football competition. Sitting at the top of the goal-scorers’ list.

HIghest Goal Scorer for NTSN season 1

The deft striker scored seven goals in five matches for Rukmani Birla Modern School and nine goals in three games for the Jaipur District team to emerge as a player to watch when the State sides come together to compete in the National level tournament in August. The 15-year-old, encouraged by his parents, has straddled school and sports with dexterity.

“I love Cristiano Ronaldo for his aggression. He has had his share of criticism but always he loves winning for his team,” says Shaurya Singh, pointing out how the Portugal skipper was egging his team-mates on despite having to go off the pitch just 24 minutes into the final of the European Championship final against host France.

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This is team work

He said the camp for the district team helped the players come together as one, despite hailing from different schools. “We had seen one another play and figured out one another’s strengths but the district camp enabled us get our co-ordination in place,” he said. “I think situations like these will prepare us for not only our football careers but also life beyond sport.”

In fact, Shaurya Singh says football has taught him a lot. “It has sharpened my mental skills and that has helped me with my studies as well,” he says. “It has enhanced my confidence and allows me find a good balance between sport and studies. I am so glad I get to play in such tournaments and am looking forward to the inter-State competition now.”

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Shaurya Singh bought real ‘Shaurya’ to team

One of the things that he has clearly learnt well is to be able to score at opportune times and pass the ball to those placed in a better position to score “Our coaches, especially Gajanand Pillai sir have always taught us that football is a team game and that selfish play can ruin a team’s chances of winning matches as collective unit,” he says.

Jaipur wears Rajasthan State football crown

jaipur winner team

Standing (from left): Rajendra Bhati (Referee), Amol, Fozan, Ajit singh, Ishan, Nishchal, Rishab, Bhrigupal, Shaurya Singh, Apoorva, Radhakrishan (coordinator) and Rajendra Prashad (Referee). Sitting: Madhav, Sikandra, Kinshu, Sherayansh, Amit, Gravit Laddha.