“It Was My Turn To Stand Up To The Mark”, Said Shubham Sangwan, Midfielder, Telangana

“Is there a player from Telangana”, asked the social media team of SSPF. I was practising in the ground when I heard this question. However, I was busy practising and felt that someone would tell them that Shubham is from Telangana. Next day was the big match against SSPF. We all were practising hard. It was difficult because we all as a team have met after a long time. Team coordination was one of the major aspects in football. I have always loved football the most among all the good things in life, and SSPF (School Sports Promotion Foundation) has played an important role in giving me the platform to perform my level best in the game.

There was a series of process through which we were selected, at each level we got to know new techniques, skills, drills to improve our game. We (representatives) came from different parts of the country and shared our experiences with each other along with the guidelines of our coaches and managers. The Champions Match held between SSPF and BBFS was a head to head battle as both the teams gave their best. We all reported to SSPF 4 days before the match day. The stay was facilitated well with the best accommodation by SSPF.

Playing With Bhaichung & Renedy

Under the tremendous instructions of our coach Deepak sir and Mr. Harish, manager, we adjusted our allocation and positional play to set ourselves for the match. Our sync became prefect by 22nd, as we won two practice matches. Next day was big. It was the match day, we all were excited to play against Bhaichung and with Renedy, and we were a bit tensed too as we were to play in front of a big crowd and television viewers throughout the nation. We were all determined to beat BBFS.

How Rajat Rathi Played An Important Role?

After a heartwarming ceremony, the match started. It took a while for us to set a strategical play against BBFS’s professional play. Deepak sir came up with some suggestions for midfielders. We successfully converted some attacks leading to a 34th min goal by Mehto the captain. Rathi kept disturbing opponents right wing, eventually helping us to penetrate more in opponent’s defensive area.

Thank you CHOTE LAL!

After half time it was my turn to stand up to the mark, and then I successfully converted chote’s lal’s pass into an overhead goal. We won the match with our keeper with clean sheet. We were presented by medals from Mr. Om Pathak, SSPF Chairman with the trophy, and were titled as The Champions Match winners. It was hell of an experience for me and I thank SSPF for the opportunity.


The last words I heard in the playground were, “And it’s Shubham Sangwan from Telangana who made the second goal for SSPF”.

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.

38 Cricketers picked for special camp to hone skills

img_5804New Delhi, September 3: As many 38 schoolboy cricketers, who featured in the inaugural National Talent Search and Nurture cricket championship which concluded here last month have been selected to undergo an intensive training camp at the SelaQui International School in Dehradun from October 13 to 25.

School Sports Promotion Foundation’s National Cricket Council Chairman and former India cricketer Chetan Sharma said the camp in Dehardun would give the 38 players an opportunity to refine their skills and prepare them for bigger contests ahead.

The probables:

Andhra Pradesh: K Prudhvi Prashant Kumar (MK Baig MCH School).

Delhi: Priyansh Arya, Sanchit Pasricha and Shivender Sharma (Kulachi Hansraj Model School), Sumit Chikkara and Suraj Vashisht (Salwan Boys School), Nikhil Tanwar (Bal Bhavan International School), Ikshit Nishal (Mount Abu Public School) and Tejasvi Singh (Bal Bharati Public School).

Haryana: Aayush Doseja and Anurag Wasmin (DPS Sonipat), Himanshi Malik (Gyan Ganga Global School), Gurnoor Kohli (DPS Faridabad).

Jharkhand: Amar Jyoti (Oxford Public School), Pintu Yadav (Ascot International School), Gazi Jaffar (Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1), Sourav Vats (GD DAV Public School);

Madhya Pradesh: Vyomkesh Tripathi (Carmel Convent Senior Secondary School).

Punjab: Lovepreet Singh (CT Public School), Adityavir Singh (BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School) and Navdeep Singh Mann (Mother Teacher Preparatory School).

Rajasthan: Sawai Chaudhary (Saraswati Vidya Ashram).

Tamil Nadu: Manav Parakh (St Bede’s Higher Secondary School).

Telangana: K Sarvan Kumar (St Joseph’s Public School) and Ankur Singh (Harvest Public School).

Uttar Pradesh: Vipul Krishna and Prince Maurya (City Montessori School), Abhishek Choudhary (RRK School), Amaan Siddique (Suryansh Public School) and Shourya Singh (DPS Janakipuram).

Uttarakhand: Anoop Patel (Sri Sai Baba International) and Aswani Rajput (Montfort School, Roorkee).

West Bengal: Trishul Das (St Thomas Boys School), Deganto Niogi (Akshar), Sreyan Dutta (South Point High School), Tridev (South City International School), Amanjot Singh Sidhu (National High School for Boys), Aryaman Bhutoria (La Martinere for Boys).

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”

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”