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August Cup in Puducherry, the season begins


August 2011 was hectic in the down south. Puducherry, oldest OTHL Centre, was reverberating with activity. Eight of the ten schools listed to our program, were invited to participate in what we call the season opener, the August Cup. The ground was generously given by the authorities of Wiseman Hr. Sec. School, Velrampet. ...

Hockey takes off at Air Force Bal Bharati School


In the 90s, Air Force Bal Bharati school, located in the heart of delhi, hardly a km from India gate, used to be the dominating school hockey team.

However, like many other schools in Delhi, this school also lost the hockey track somewhere

When Hockey Citizen Group approached School Principal Mr. Swaroop, he was happy to start hockey team all again. ...

Final day of OTHL Kolkata Festival


The final day of the OTHL 2011 was played after a delay of a week. The earlier scheduled date of 13th February, 2011 had to be postponed due to a political rally. The matches on the 20th were also under a cloud because another rally had been called, this time by the opposition party. The program was further threatened due to a sudden and smart shower in the previous night. However, the overcast sky was a blessing in disguise as the day remained cool and the ground was just dry enough, the dust h...

2nd day of OTHL Kolkata Festival


1st Match:

The first match on the second day of the OTHL hockey festival 2011 was played between the two Julien Day Schools - Ganganagar and Kalyani. JDS Ganganagar dominated the proceedings. JDS Kalyani made counterattacks but it was the solid defending of Neelesh Rai and Osman Siddiqui of JDS Ganganagar, which made all the difference. Result; the Ganganagar boys pumped in three goals in the 16th (Lovepreet Singh), 19th (Durbar Dasgupta) and 20th minutes (Leon Myers). End result ...

DAY 1: OTHL Hockey Festival in Kolkata


The OTHL Kolkata Hockey Festival 2011 began with much fanfare on Friday, the 11th February at the Ganganagar Julien Day School campus.

All the schools subscribed to OTHL in Kolkata converged here for the much anticipated Festival of Hockey, where matches and quiz events kept the hockey boys and girls enthralled throughout the day. There was energy and enthusiasm abound amidst the kids, which is seen to be enjoyed.

Mr McNamara, Principal of the host School, himse...

DAY 1: OTHL Hockey Festival in Kolkata, remaining matches


FOURTH MATCH: Kanaipur Sriguru boys. JDS Ganganagar upset all calculations when they went into the lead in the 4th minute through Lovepreet Singh. Barely had the shock settled when Lovepreet slammed in the second goal in the very next minute. He completed his hat trick in the 7th minute through a third field goal. Sudip Mondal reduced the margin for the Kanaipur boys in the 8th minute. The second half did not see any goals but saw some frayed tempers. Individual play with desperate drib...

Team Selection underway in three schools in Delhi


We always pondered over one main issue in schools hockey. That pertains to basics -- how to select 20 or 25-member team when almost triple number of boys or girls turn up.

Almost everyone of them is new to hockey, and therefore game's skill is ruled out as the selection criteria.

How to then go about? Good physique, sprinting capabilities, grasping hockey quickly and so on.

This aspect came in big measure recently in Delhi. Ashok Vihar's Kulachi M...

Kanpur braces up for season's hockey


Kanpur is bracing up for the season's hockey activities.

The schools have just reopened after extended winter vacation.

There are 8 schools in the focus area of One Thousand Hockey Legs

Project Officer for the city Mrs. Mithilesh Gupta has contacted the concerned school authorities, briefed them of what is being planned by us for the season.

She has got positive response from the schools


Hockey initiated at Muslim High School,Chennai


Muslim High School, located in the busy Tiruvallikeni area of Chennai, has taken up hockey seriously.

Recently, they completed all formalities to join One Thousand Hockey Legs.

Muslim School, a prominent talent pool for tennis and other Olympic sports in the metropolis, did not have a hockey team right now.

PETs Rahim and Basha could not confirm existence of hockey teams in the school as it was not there in the recent past. ...

New Outlook, new challenges for the new year 2011 for


Welcome 2011

The new year marks beginning of third year of ‘One Thousand Hockey Legs’.

It has so far been so interesting and inspiring that we look forward to 2011 as a year of consolidation.

We could convince and start hockey in about 30 schools spread over five cities – Puducherry, Kanpur, Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi -- where hockey was not in the list of sports being practised before we knocked their doors.

That about 30 schools are ...

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.

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