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.


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

Vardaan Dutt epitomises beauty of team work on football field

New Delhi: Vardhaan Dutt, who is credited with the most assists in the inaugural football season of the SSPF’s National Talent Search and Nurture (NTSN) program and has made it to the list of India probables for the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament next year, personifies team spirit on and off the football pitch.

SSPF football hero

With 11 assists in four games, Vardaan Dutt is a joint leader with school mate Namandeep Singh. The India aspirant has also scored six goals, showcasing his all round skills. His performances caught the eye of talent scouts, leading to his being among a select band of four from Jammu and Kashmir who were among the 200 chosen from North Zone for an assessment camp.

The KC Public School X class student, who will be 16 in September and seeks to make football his career, says his coaches Moon Stephen and Dil Bahadur instilled the idea of passing the ball to a team-mate in a better position. “There is so much joy in helping the team score goals and win,” he says, having embraced that philosophy very early in his nascent career.

Vardaan Dutt in action

Having started off on football merely as a hobby when he was 12, Vardaan Dutt was hooked on to the game when he trained with the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools center in his school. He has risen not only to captain the Jammu and Kashmir junior team but also be picked as a probable for the India under-17 team to play in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India next year.


A fan of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Vardaan Dutt says that playing football has taught him a great deal about life. “The skills I have learnt when playing the game will benefit me,” he says. “For example, when playing for Jammu District in the State competition, I had to team up with boys I played against in the district event – and even set up a goal for Tanshu Thakyal.”

With his parents backing his footballing dreams, it is a good guess that Vardaan Dutt will continue his passionate pursuit of the sport that he has come to love so much.

Gurgaon emerges Haryana’s best in football championship


From Left To Right

Vishal V, Rudraansh Kotra, Alif Maula, Ashu, Samridh Anand, Aryan Dhoot, Sameer Seshadri, Ashwin Asthana (Captain), Varin Agarwal (Goal Keeper), Coach of Faridabad team