Anupama Sagdeo, Principal, SG International School, Bangalore, shares her views on the importance of sports in overall education being offered at schools
What steps is the school taking to emphasise the need of sports development in the overall education of the student?
While there is no denying that we provide our students the best of academics, we do make sure that our students get the best in sports as well. We understand and believe that sports can play an integral element in the holistic development of a child. We need to ensure that when our students graduate from our school, they are not just nurtured intellectually, but are also filled with sporting spirit. Being a performance oriented school, we decided to rope in TENVIC as we wanted trained coaches who will provide focussed and sincere training to our students in a student friendly manner.
Please provide us with an overview of sports infrastructure and solutions installed in the school.
The school has a playground and a volley ball court. We have Table Tennis tables in the school. We have implemented the Edusports programme for Primary and Middle school students, while the TENVIC programme, which is optional, is available to all students. We provide our students with customised coaching in the field of cricket, badminton, table tennis and chess. The coaching is offered at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Tell us about the company from which you are getting your solutions.
We share a fruitful association with TENVIC, a sports consulting and training company founded by Anil Kumble, Diinesh Kumble and Vasanth Bharadwaj. TENVIC has understood our needs and has helped bridge the gap that existed between learning sports and enjoying sports. The company teaches sports to students in a manner that is engaging and fun. The performance of the students is analysed by the parents as well as the teachers. The students can also conduct self analysis on basis of the data that has been provided by TENVIC
How do you see the sports education in the school curriculum?
Being in the education sector, I have noticed that parents off late have started to realise the true potential of sport. Sports is a dynamic field, it helps in the overall development of a child. It teaches the students the art of managing challenges with the right attitude. The recent announcement by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to offer Fitness and Gym Operational vocational courses in sports for class 11 and 12 from the academic year 2012-13 shows that sports education in school curriculum is heading for a much needed revolution.
Please mention the benefits that your students, parents, and teachers have received as an outcome of these solutions?
Parents and students enjoy lots of benefits. There is state of the art sporting facility in the school so students don’t have to join training academies and clubs. They can learn sports in the school itself. We as a school can promise parents that not only can we have students excel in academics, but also excel in their choice of sport at the same time.//