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Kuruvinatham Children steal the show on the final day


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 ...

Gist of Chennai OTHL Visit


4th August:
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...

A life-time Hockey injection in 10m


“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...

Lifetime lessons and cost - a few thousand Rupees


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...

Men's Hockey Carnival kicks off at Petit Seminaire


10th August 2009: It was the day of Petit Seminaire, an Educational Institution of great repute in the historical city of Puducheery.

The 165-year old school plunged into hockey mode on this day. There was a trophy unveiling and certificate distribution in the morning assembly. This was followed by another two events. First, quiz competition was held in their school premises and then in the evening Petit Seminaire School met Vivekanandha School (Lawspet) in the first match of t...

Invitation Extended to Don Bosco


Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Invited to Join

Don Bosco Higher Secondary School is one of the popular and traditonal educational institutions in the Puducherry town.

OTHL team visited the school today (8th Aug, 2009) and extended an official invitation to the school to join the now increasingly recognizable and popular 'One Thousand Hockey Legs' program.

The school principal Father Rev. Gregory Devarajan, himself a hockey player in his school d...

Mini Hockey Carnival Starts at Puducherry


Mini Hockey Carnival Starts in Punducherry

Now it is competition time. Not just that. Along with competion on the turf, there is alo rival to be met in quiz room.

Yes, the hockey carnival gets started in Puducherry on Monday (the 10th Aug).

This is first time the Hockey Citizen Group is seeking to consolidate the gains it made in the six months. Since starting school teams in Puducherry from January this year, it has been planned to have mo...

New Season starts wisely with the induction of Wiseman Higher Secondary School in Puducherry


One Thousand Hockey Legs was put on the turf in January this year, the fag end of the last academic sesson.

Even as the second season starts, our OTHL also makes its beginning, very wisely indeed.

Wiseman Higher Secondary School, located in Velrampet locality of Puducherry, has completed all formality to subscribe to our program.

On Thursday, the 23rd July, a small introductory function was held to mark the occaion. ...

Lot of actiticity planned for Puducherry


Exciting August awaits Puducherry

Summer Vacation for schools is just over. Children are back to class rooms with renewed energy and enthusiasm. New academic session commences all over India.

Schools in Puducherrry, where our one thousand hockey legs is firmly on footing, opened a week late due to continuing summer.

As the schools opened, we at the organizing side need to prepare ourselves for the tasks ahead. We need to monitor and put in plac...

My experience at Sunfeast 10k run...


As always, I had a nervous morning on the run day, i.e. last Sunday, 31st May '09.
Don't know what I was nervous about.

By my own standards, I was 80% prepared for the run. One can always pull in the remaining bit considering the enthusiasm of the day. So, there wasn't much to be worried about.

As I reached Kanteerva Stadium, where the run was supposed to begin, I realized that the massive number of participants. It was different kind of feeling as if I am st...

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