“U-17 World Cup Contributed Immensely In The Growth Of Indian football”- Bhaichung Bhutia

FIFA Under- 17 World Cup is all set for the final showdown of England Vs Spain. On the eve of this D-Day, legendary Indian footballer and SSPF Football Council Chirman Bhaichung Bhutia shares his views on Football and its future in India.

How FIFA U- 17 World Cup will be useful for football promotion in India?

U- 17 World Cup has already help Indian football. There has been huge growth in Indian grassroots football. All India Football Federation has focus already been working hard for grassroot football. Today we have more than 100 academies in India. It is the most played sport below 14 year in India today. I have not only seen them following European football or FIFA World Cup, but also in domestic tournaments like Indian Super League and I-League. This is a big opportunity to create a football revolution in India. This, by far, can create the awareness, buzz or hype around football that every child will desire to be a footballer.

How initiatives like SSPF will change the face of grassroots football in the country?

In order to promote football or any other sport, we need to strengthen our grassroots structure and to reach out to the masses. This is the best way for talent hunt. With pan India approach and strong digital nexus, SSPF has both qualities to work for the betterment and promotion of sports. We need to understand that there are many budding talents at school level who don’t know their talent. Initiatives like this provide the ideal platform to these kids to showcase their talent and realize that they can pursue their sports hobby as a profession.

How you will be instrumental with SSPF?

Football is my first love. With SSPF, I am representing my passion for football by connecting to schools across the country and motivate children to play the sport. With the kind of experience I have, children can take benefit from me to resolve their problems on fields, can guide them improving their game or in any other possible way they want. I strongly believe that we need to strengthen our roots in schools in order to build a bright future of India in sports arena. With the help of institutions like SSPF we can achieve this with a better approach and reach.

Girls’ football is getting boost in the country. How SSPF will nurture that?

We are looking at introducing this in the coming season

Your message to the kids about developing their football career?

Today children have very vast exposure and easy access to facilities around. I still remember my school days when we had the passion to play the game but we were not so blessed to have such good facilities, which these kids have. Today, kids have best of the equipment, coaching, training available everywhere. I really wish that children make the most of these facilities and groom themselves as a better person and a sportsman.

Your message to the parents as the key player in shaping kids’ sports future.

Child’s first teacher/coach is his/her parents. Parents play an important role a child’s life to shape his future as well as his personality. Same goes with sports as it teaches you the values of life. Parents should encourage their child to play any sport they want as it not only make them more active and fit but also prepare  them for the challenges in future. In today’s scenario, sports can also be a bright future. So one should encourage every child to play his/her favorite sport and try to excel in that.

 

Will International Cricket Get Next Imran Tahir From West Bengal?

Pritam Hela, a 12-year-old child and a huge fan of South African leg spinner Imran Tahir wants to make it big in Cricket. A budding leg spinner from Howrah district of West Bengal. Pritam is 8th class student who is dreaming big and to make it to the International cricket he has started his cricket journey with SSPF Schools India Cup.

In the cluster level tournament, he has played 3 matches from his school team. In these matches Pritam has taken 7 crucial wickets and won 2 Man of The Match titles. It’s due to his performance that his school Andhra Association School is on the top of the point table with clear victory in every match. His father Rajendra Hela is a Govt. officer and mother Sharmila Hela is a housewife.

As we all know Bengal’s first love is football, which is why Pritam’s father always wanted him to play football. But Pritam preferred cricket ball instead of football. At the age of 8 he started taking cricket coaching from his coach Bidyut Mukherjee’s cricket academy Jagacha Thana Zonal Sports Association, Howrah. The credit to explore his potential as a leg spinner goes to Mr. Mukherjee. According to him- “when Pritam came to him he use to bowl pace while he can turn his wrist well. His wrist action was ideal for a natural leg spinner. So I told him to change from pace bowling to spin and he is now working hard for it.”

To fulfill his dream to be a successful cricketer Pritam doesn’t hesitate to make an extra effort to attend school and then back to back coaching from school.  He even gets up early in the morning on his holidays on Saturdays and Sundays and goes for coaching by 6.30 am.

12 is such an age where you are at the stage of leaving your childhood and about to hold hands of your teens. At this agelittle Bengal champ aiming high for his passion of life which is now cricket for him. We wish him all the luck for his future so he achieves all the goals he wants to.

SSPF Is All Set To Start Its District Level Athletics Meet

For the very first time SSPF is coming up with Athletics as a new sport under Schools India Cup 2017. On 15th July the district level meet will start in three different districts i.e. Saharanpur, Ahmadabad and Gandhinagar. In this meet the events are as follows

  • Long jump
  • 100 meters’ race
  • 200 meters’ race
  • 400 meters’ race
  • 800 meters’ race

This is the first sport where SSPF invited girls’ team to participate in its second season under Schools India Cup 2017. We have created two different age category which are Under- 12 and Under- 15. All the events are open for both categories and teams of girls as well as boys except 800 meters’ race. In this event, U-15 boys team will only participate.

From 3 districts which are participating in the first phase, total 13 schools will be competing with each other with 98 budding athletes from their schools. The participating schools and venue for the competition is as follows-:

District – Saharanpur
Venue – Ambedker Stadium, Saharanpur
No. of Schools – 05
Name of Schools –

  • Glocal School
  • Sofia Girls Sr. Sec School
  • Saraswati Vihar Sr. Sec School
  • KV Airforce Station Sarswa
  • Delhi Public School

District – Ahmadabad
Venue – SAI Center, Gandhinagar
No. of Schools – 04
Name of Schools –

  • Apple Global School
  • Aone Higher Secondary School
  • Euro School
  • Best High School

District – Gandhinagar
Venue – SAI Center, Gandhinagar
No. of Schools – 03
Name of Schools –

  • I. Patel Secondary English Medium School
  • KV AFS Wadsar
  • KV CRPF Gandhinagar

 

Cluster Level Cricket Tournament Will Kick Start From 19th July 2017 In Lakhimpur

 

19th June 2017 is the day when Lakhimpur district in Uttar Pradesh will witness one of the most exciting cricket matches under Schools India Cup 2017. It is the 10th district from the state where SSPF will conduct its cluster level matches of Schools India Cup 2017. The matches will kick start from 19th June and first cluster will get over by 21st of June 2017.
In this cluster 4 schools are participating-:
• Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Saraswati Vidya Mandir Inter College
• Swami Shyam Prakash Inter College
• St. Don Bosco College
• Paul International School
Uttar Pradesh: The Hub Of Cricket
Being the largest state of India, many big sports personalities have come from this state. In Cricket this state has produced few of the most popular all- rounders like Suresh Raina and Piyush Chawla. When it comes to the Indian pace attack, we have R P Singh and Praveen Kumar. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the budding cricketers who are participating in Schools India Cup.
This season, two schools are new entries whereas St. Don Bosco College and Paul International School are associated with SSPF since its first year. In Cricket, Uttar Pradesh is the state where highest number of districts have been played under Schools India Cup 2017 till date.
When it comes to pan India reach, SSPF has large number of schools playing under Schools India Cup. Just to mention the versatility if we talk about Cricket, 5 states and 9 districts have taken part in the cluster level tournament so far. In these districts, 109 matches have been completed.
One can imagine the outreach of such grass roots program that under these 506 matches more than 1,500 children have taken part. These figures are only for one sport i.e. Cricket but apart from this Football, Volleyball, Basketball and Athletics are also under SSPF this year.
So let’s celebrate the sporty spirit of Schools India Cup and wish all players registered under SSPF best of luck for the tournament. Now our all eyes and wishes are with Lakhimpur schools who will be in face off with one another from 19th June.

“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.

SSPF Announces India’s Largest Grassroots School Tournament Schools India Cup 2017: Om Pathak

April 23, 2017: SSPF today announces India’s largest grassroots school sports tournament SCHOOLS INDIA CUP 2017 in 5 different sports. In its 2nd season SSPF is all set to go ahead with three new sports i.e. Volleyball, Basketball, Athletics along with Cricket and Football. This is for the first time that a sports competition or tournament is being organized on a national level.

As compared to the 1st season the number of schools participating this year is almost double which is near 4 thousand schools from different states and districts of the country.  To encourage such participation of schools and children SSPF came up with a National tournament of every sport under its National Talent Search and Nurture Program.

“We are committed to serve the nation and sports is one of the medium where we need to emphasis so that we can bring glory to the country on International sports arena.” Said SSPF chairman Om Pathak. “We are proud to announce a nationwide sports tournament Schools India Cup to be played in 5 different sports under SSPF.” He said.

Former India Football captain and SSPF National Football Council Chairman Bhaichung Bhutia is excited with this program-” It is a kind of program which is designed to give exposure to the real talent at grassroots at the right time and in right manner.” He said

In a very short span of one year, SSPF has expanded individual sports and received the honor of National Sports Promotion Organization (NSPO) by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. Now, Schools India Cup is the largest tournament across the country which will further add integrity to this program by opening avenues of opportunities of recognition to the participating school children in education and career

Former Indian Footballer Renedy Singh who is associated with SSPF as a secretary of SSPF National Football Council said “conducting such kind to structured sports tournament across the country will further strengthen the commitment of SSPF to produce more young talents who will represent India on International platform”.

The NTSN 2016-17 competitions are slated to start in two phases this year- January & April 2017. In the first phase districts which have completed 8 or more school teams have played. Rest of the districts will play in the second phase of the tournament will start by the end of the April 2017 in all the above mentioned 5 sports.

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.

1st Phase Of Cluster Football Tournament In Jaipur District (Rajasthan) Concluded Successfully

In its second season, SSPF successfully made its mark in the western part of the country. Under the title of Schools India Cup, first phase of cluster level football tournament completed in Jaipur district, Rajasthan with four prestigious participating schools – 

  • Defence Public School 
  • Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School
  • Subodh Public School
  • V.B. Vidyashram 

Amongst these schools, two schools i.e. Subodh Public School and B.V. B. Vidyasharam are with SSPF since first season whereas other two schools are the new member of SSPF family. In total 6 matches played, we have witnessed many budding talents battling out for win.

Match 1- Defence Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Defence Public School 

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 3 goals

Match 2- Subodh Public School Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- Subodh Public School

MOM- Arpit Sharma

Goal- 1 goal

Match 3- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Green Gate English Sr. Sec. School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 3, assisted 1

Match 4- Subodh Public School Vs Defence Public School

School Won- Defence Public School

MOM- Vivek Dudi

Goal- 1

Match 5- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Defence Public School

School Won- B.V.B. Vidyashram

MOM- Dilip Singh Bhati

Goal- 1

Match 6- B.V.B. Vidyashram Vs Suboddh Public School

MOM- Manan Patni

School- B.V.B. Vidyashram

Goal- 1

Now, very soon SSPF is all set to start the second phase of cluster level tournament in football as well as all other 4 sports.

On ‘International Day Of Sport For Development And Peace’, Let’s Salute The Power Of Sports

Dangal, Chak De India, Mary Kom, Iqbal, Sultan, MS Dhoni, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar….the list of movies based on sports or sports persons is endless. These stories are inspirational and motivate young people. It strengthens the fact that sports create a strong impact on all our lives and make it better in different ways.

On the day of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace let us dedicate sports in our lives apart from just being a way to stay fit or to break the monopoly in our routines. Sports can drive social change, community development and foster peace and understanding, above all a smile on everyone’s face.

It teaches us the value of togetherness, to think for others before ourselves, to plan for our goals, to relax our worries, to express ourselves better. That is why one of the best to define a sports person is- For a true sportsman, team is his second family.” As all these values have great impact on our personal, social and professional life. The power of teamwork, the importance of selflessness, the impact of performing well is what sports is all about.

Sport is an activity with no age, race or social bar. 6th April was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2013, and has been celebrated each year ever since 2014. The IOC, in its capacity of Permanent Observer to the UN, has been supportive of this initiative, as it values its potential to recognize sports organizations’ role in and contribution to social change and human development.

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. So, let’s celebrate the true spirit of sports. Let’s dedicate a part of us to a sport. Let’s indulge ourselves in sports. Let the value of brotherhood, unity and teamwork prevail in all of us to live better and harmonious life.