South Corpn school to tap sports talent

Plans to set up first municipality-run academy, kids to be trained for free

Several sporting talents in Delhi, especially from the underprivileged strata of society, will soon have an opportunity to prepare themselves to build a career in sports. 

To promote sporting talent enrolled in the municipal schools, South Delhi Municipal Corporation will set up the first municipality-run sports talent search academy-cum-residential school in the city.

Corporation officers said SDMC school students will be provided free training at the sports academy that will come up in Punjabi Bagh over seven acres. The decision to build sports school was taken after education committee chairman, Satish Upadhyay and municipal commissioner Manish Gupta inspected the proposed site on Tuesday.
Besides, a stadium in Hari Nagar is also being renovated for various sporting activities. 

“There is a need to develop an atmosphere where students can be motivated towards sports. On the management side, the teachers should also focus to search new sporting talent,” said Upadhyay.

The sports complex will have both outdoor and indoor facilities including basketball and lawn tennis. It will also have a multipurpose hall for gymnastics, wrestling, skating, boxing, board games and other indoor games.

The corporation is planning to hire coaches from National Institute of Sports. Officers said admission of students for the proposed sports school will be done as per trials conducted at the talent search academy.

Over 50 children will be enrolled in first batch. The civic body has made an annual budgetary provision of Rs 1 crore for the sports school.

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