It was a big day for One Thousand Hockey Legs.
Almost 2 years back, when we set out on taking Hockey to some 6 schools of the city of Pondicherry - almost all of them never played Hockey in their existence - we had a dream that one day we will have a team that will represent OTHL Pondicherry; a team that will go around and play matches with various other teams in and out of their city.
2 years of toil and endeavor brought us to the day when OTHL Pondicherry team, co...
The 3 OTHL schools from Chennai:
Don Bosco, Egmore
St. Anthony Anglo Indian School, Egmore
St Bedes School, Santhome
will assemble at 12noon at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium, Chennai to take part in "Feel Turf" programme being held by One Thousand Hockey Legs team....
This academic year the Hockey season started in Pondicherry in July.
Steady practise went on in all the 8 associated schools in the city.
Recently, a knock-out format tournament was concieved by the local coaches and Project Officers....
Its long since we saw boys and girls our schools on the turf. The long, long summer vacation, which is being extended due to continuous hot weather, has kept us away from hockey. This has thankfully come to an end at least in Chennai.
The training part of our scheme has again on the swing.
An enthusiastic coach has taken up training girls and boys teams of St. Anthony Anglo-Indian school in Egmore, Chennai.
We all know Mr. C. Rosario, the Phy...
The preparations for the OTHL hockey festival began in the middle of March 2010 when I started calling up all teams to look for a suitable dates for the programme and ensuring they were practicing twice weekly. Ideally this should have taken place during the winter months but the academic session played spoilsport with all the schools remaining busy with various exams. With such a high premium on academic pursuits these days and Hockey being at the bottom rung and belonging to the endangered spe...
I had been invited (though no invitations are required for Hockey) by Mr. Shankar Chatterjee to join them in the ongoing Hockey festival organized by One Thousand Hockey Legs (OTHL) to promote Hockey among School Children being held from 8th April, 2010 to 10th April 2010 at various School grounds.
Due to my preoccupation, I could make it only in the evening on the last day (10th April a Saturday) to Shanti Sangha Shiksa Mandir in Parnasree, Behala. This ground on which the matche...
The 2nd day for OTHL team started off on a rather slow note. The quiz at Khalsa High School didnít materialize and due to distance issues, the visit of Kanaipur Sirguru High School to Shanti Sangha Siksha Mandir planned in the first half of the day didnít materialize. This was postponed to the latter half of the day due to heat factors.
In the afternoon session, OTHL team reached Shanti Sangha Siksha Mandir and started off with the OTHL Quiz. The response from the children was ama...
The final day of Kolkata festival and the OTHL team started early and reached Julien Day Kalyani where a match between the home team and Julien Day Ganganagar was scheduled. The match started a bit late and Kalyani school were never in the game.
JDS Ganganagar kept squeezing out energy from the Kalyani team on the bright and hot morning by hitting the board at regular intervals. JDS Kalyani hardly made any circle penentrations and were mostly defending the onslaught from Ganganag...
What a day it was? Anyone who feels or thinks Hockey is dying in this country and there is no enthusiasm left for it anymore should have accompanied the OTHL Team (Dr. S K Chatterjee and Shashank Gupta) today in Kolkata.
The OTHL day started with a long drive to Hooghly. The Kanaipur School and Rishra Brahamananda School children were waiting for us and within the few minutes, after the match sheets were filled, action began.
We got to know that Brahamananda school...
There are a lot of activities planned in Kolkata from 8-10th April '10.
Quizzes, in-school matches and matches at SAI are scheduled on these 3 days.
All 6 Kolkata schools:
Rishra Brahmanand Keshab Chandra High School
Kanaipur Sriguru High School, Nabogram, Konnagar, Hooghly
Julian Day School Ganganagar, Kolkata
Julian Day School Kalyani, Kolkata
Shanti Sangha Siksha Mandir Girls High School
Khalsa High School
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.