Bhubaneswar: Pro Sport Development organized a mixed-gendered Catching Volleyball tournament for 120 children, 60 girls and 60 boys, from 4 slum schools in Bhubaneswar that are part of the Community Sports Program, supported by Tata Trusts.
120 children, 60 girls and 60 boys, between the ages of 10-14 years studying in 4 slum schools of Bhubaneswar, participated in the Catching Volleyball Challenge organized by Pro Sport Development, in partnership with Tata Trusts.
The tournament, consisting of 12 teams with 10 members each, 5 girls and 5 boys, played in a league-cum-knockout format. Each of the participating schools, who are part of Pro Sport Development’s Community Sports Program, supported by Tata Trusts, fielded 3 teams. The participating schools included Beena Bharati Vidya Mandira and Saraswati Shishu Mandira from Bharatpur slum as well as Vivekananda Shiksha Kendra and Sri Satya Sai School from Dum Duma slum. The tournament was organized in the grounds of Vivekananda Shiksha Kendra in Dum Duma slum.
The objective behind organizing the tournament was to provide these children with the opportunity to travel to other schools and participate in a sporting competition, as well as to interact with students from other schools. The Catching Volleyball Challenge saw fierce yet healthy competition from the participating children, along with excellent team work and camaraderie. Team “Anaconda” from Vivekananda Shiksha Kendra emerged winners of the tournament, while Team “Bull” from Saraswati Shishu Mandira were runners-up.
Suheil Tandon, Founder of Pro Sport Development, said, “It was not about winning or losing today, but for the children to experience and learn from the competition. The fact that the children displayed sporting spirit, fair play and respect was the best outcome from the tournament.”
Monalisa Das, a student of Saraswati Shishu Mandira said, “We played with good team planning and communication between team members today, which is why we were successful. I would like to thank the coaches from Pro Sport Development who come to train us weekly.”