New league energises school sports culture

It is difficult to make school children get up early in the morning but when they are dedicated to sports, there is nothing that can stop them from attending a training session.

So when it comes to playing the final match, what can stop the young adults from running to the fields and yelling at the top of their voices in excitement?

The rush of the recent football league still fresh in the memory of people, the Dwarka Super League (DSL) 2014 which was recently organised by Kooh Sports Development Centres and Canara Bank, saw participation from 18 schools of Dwarka. The inter-school football league for schools in Dwarka will now be an annual event to establish a parallel sporting culture at grassroots level.

Eighteen top schools of Dwarka, divided into two groups of 10 teams each, battled it out in the league, with each team playing at least nine football matches and the top four from each group making it to the quarter finals.

A total of 98 matches were spread over six weekends. The organisers also ensured that the matches were held on non-working (Saturdays and Sundays) and non-examination days so that it did not interfere in
the academic schedule of the students.

But the energy level was at its peak when the final match of DSL was held at Venkateshwar International School, Dwarka last weekend. It was here that the team from Paramount International beat St Mary’s team by 3-0 to claim the title of Champion of Dwarka at the inaugural edition of the league.

Observing the young boys make goals in quick succession was also the former Indian footballer Ranjit Thapa. He applauded the efforts saying, “In our times there were very few opportunities like this but seeing a sports company coming up with such league to promote the sport at grassroot level is most welcoming.

I have seen some of the finest talents participating in the league, and I hope they get ample opportunity to pursue their passion for football and make a mark in this sport.”

On the ground, the captain of the winning team and its coach were extremely excited with the victory. Yogesh Tyagi, coach of Paramount International School team said, “It has been a tough, yet an exciting experience for us to compete here. The children got to learn a lot as they outplayed other teams with superb team effort and true
sportsmen spirit.”

“We will try to take this victory to next level and get more opportunities to compete at club, state and national level too. Though it’s too early to say this but with more and more opportunities, we would love to represent the country,” he added.

The organisers were thrilled at the success of the first edition of DSL. “This initiative will give the talented young footballers a great stage to showcase their potential and also prove their mettle against a competitive landscape.

Our focus is on holistic development and training of kids that goes beyond classrooms and into the playing fields,” said Chirag Patel, director, KOOH Sports. Hemant Kumar Tamta, general manager, Canara Bank added, “Bringing together students from several schools also helps in forming a bond between them.

We sincerely hope this initiative will go a long way in instructing and motivating the children to aim for the highest levels in the sport – football!”

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