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 Physical Education Teacher, of this school is a former khabadi player, but has a heart for hockey. His passion for the game we love – he hardly misses any hockey event at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium – made him to contact us for enlisting his school into OTHL.
Using his good contact with some former students, he has already made arrangements for erecting permanent goal posts -- and all such other needs.
Last Friday, the 4th June, our coach has visited the school, interacted with students selected for hockey and the training has started with that. Next day also there was training. This school will have twice a week hockey training.
One of our volunteers who was there in Chennai recently met other PETs in our schools. Gerrard, PET of St. Bede’s school also assured commencement of hockey training for 5th and 6th Class students.
The third school in our list is Don Bosco, Egmore. We have made arrangement for a coach. A parent and hockey lover Nizam Mazar was also present while the process for fixing a coach for the school was on.
When we started the program last year in this school, a record 63 students came forward to take up hockey, we also, as an exceptional case, advanced sticks for two teams. The same enthusiasm is expected to continue now, at least after the nagging issue coaching part now stands solved.
There has been enormous progress in Puducherry front as well. This we will post in a different story.
The idea this year involves a OTHL team of Chennai to visit and play against OTHL team of Puducherry.
Coaches in both cities are enthusiastic about the inter-city contacts. But we have made it a point that this tour can happen only if the teams concerned will manage to train their wards at least two months before the event actually takes place.
It is a challenge for everyone of us. Coaches have to train children, schools have to logistically support the tour and then we at the OTHL side have to organize, co-ordinate and execute the event in the manner that would fulfill the objectives of One Thousand Hockey Legs.
Hope everything will fall in line as time progresses.
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.