Kanpur Beckons for OTHL
We at the Hockey Citizen Group are proud to have two elderly volunteers in Kanpur. This industrial city is the most important and obviously biggest city in the sprawling state of Uttar Pradesh. Considering the contribution of UP to the development of hockey, present and past, it was only question of time we turned our eyes on the city.
Mr S K Gupta is 65 plus while Mrs. Mithilesh is 62. They are our new volunteers with a backload of knowle...
11 Aug: It was a bright hot afternoon at 1500 hrs. The ground was very done by the hosts – Vivekanandha HSS, Lawspet. Slight delay in the match because of certain logistics and the match started rolling.
In front of school ground, Vivekanandha School boys kept the umpire busy and made him signal a goal 5 times in a second half.
11 Aug: 5 teams of 3 children each in a huge hall, with over 50 boys and 50 girls was the set up for the quiz at Vivekanandha HS School at Lawspet.
The quiz was a little tuft for the children but the audience question brought a rather quiet audience to life. The children were keen on trying their luck to win posters announced as prizes for the audience prizes.
Here were the participants:
K Ganesh Kumar
P Magesh Kumar
Aug 11: A packed hall with audience and 5 teams participated in the Quiz at Amalorpavam School. The audience enthusiasm was too high on this day. In beginning, when the Shashank Gupta, who was conducting the quiz, checked with audience’s knowledge of Hockey, it was surprising to see that they could name around 13 players who have played for India.
This was encouragement for the OTHL team who knew that today’s audience is surely well informed.
Aug 12: A very well done ground at Amalopavam was the venue for the 3rd match of OTHL league. Watered, marked, dedicated goal posts and a wonderful audience added to a match where Amalorpavam team was seen on the defensive most of times....
12/08: There were lessons learnt by the OTHL team with regards to the quiz. A day earlier, the participants didn’t do very well in the quiz. The result: OTHL team worked in the night to come up with a knowledge imparting preliminary presentation to keep all the participants at the same platform. The quiz was also changed a lot, keeping in the mind the preliminary points outlined.
The venue for today was Swami Vivekanandha School, Thirubuvanai, some 27 km away from downtown Puduche...
13/08: It was the same venue as the day before –Amalorpavam school premises. The visiting team was GHS Kuruvinatham.
Just the presence of Kuruvinatham children on Day 1 and their practice on the ground had made the coaches and children fear a very strong upcoming team – GHS Kuruvinatham. Word spread around very quickly and Amalorpavam HS School on this day knew what they can do to contain a very strong opponent.
A defeat in their own premises a day before, added to ...
Former national player Suresh Babu, officiating as umpire in a state level women tournament, takes interest in OTHL concept. He is briefed by Arumugam as to how OTHL can be implemented in Chennai if some volunteers come forward from this city. On his request, he is requested to explore scope for the OTHL in Chennai. He discusses with the Physical Education Teacher of a reputed school in Anna Nagar area (State Bank of India Officers Association Higher Secondary School (SBOA Sc...
“Go and talk to them for few minutes”, our team member told me.
“What shall I talk?”, I asked bewildered.
“Anything! This is a golden opportunity. You will never get such a crowd again.”
This has been one thing that we have been wondering about.
In my 4 days of ‘Hockey visit to Pondicherry’, the focus was: introducing the concept of playing competitive matches amongst the partner schools with one of them being a host. In every school h...
I haven’t learnt so much in the past couple of years as much I learnt in the past 4 days.
1) “People are very emotional here. You should be very careful with what you say. It may be professional for you but for them it isn’t that way.”
2) “You can’t simply expect that you state your expectations and they will deliver. Asking for a commitment to deliver on a tight deadline may be taken as something nasty is on the way.”
3) “You have to talk English slowly. Eve...
Developing sustained passion for Hockey by introduction of Hockey to pre and early teenaged children and simultaneously promoting playing sport as a culture and tradition, thereby contributing to develop a sports loving society.