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Sports education not only helps students in strengthening stamina but also inculcates the habit of obedience, discipline, determination to win, and will power. A rising number of schools have started realising this fact and thus giving importance to sports activities for all-round development of students.
The growing awareness of how sports contribute to the growth of children in terms of life skills has led parents and school authorities to encourage children to take up sports. It reflects a positive shift of focus from academics.

Considering the developmental aspect of sports, the Government of India has also introduced ‘Panchyat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA)’ to generate sports culture at the grass-root level. The objectives of the scheme are to provide sports infrastructure/equipments at the Panchyat level and to encourage youth in rural areas to participate in sports. Various competitions are organised from block-level to national-level to achieve these objectives. Planning Commission approved Rs 1,500 crore for this project in the 11th Five-Year Plan.
Sharing his views on importance of sports education, Yash Birla, Chairman, Yash Birla Group, said, “Our cocurricular activities not only make the students active and energetic but also enable to harness the in-depth potential of students. It enhances knowledge in many areas like sports, arts, life skills, etc.
which benefits the student as well as the school. We celebrate annual day, sports day along with all National and regional festivals to develop positive attitude towards society and environment.”

Our co-curricular activities not only make the students active and energetic but also enable to harness the in-depth potential of students.
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Yash Birla,
Chairman, Yash Birla Group

Kavita Sanghavi, Principal, MET Rishikul Vidyalaya, Mumbai, mentioned how they have created an experiential environment in school where students are equally involved with the learning as the teachers.
“We have assemblies every week where a class puts up performance for the entire section based on a theme, Model United Nations (MUN) programmes, and environment activities like composting, co-curricular activities like sports, drama, pottery, chess, western music, rhythm, keyboard and yoga within their timetable,” she added.
Explaining the importance of sports, Neeta Bali, Head, Kasiga School, Dehradun said, “Sports – Which includes Cricket, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Swimming as well as athletics and Shooting enhance physical well-being and are a part of the daily schedule. Clubs like the Inter-act club that undertakes various social outreach programs and the IAYP programme as well as training for Rock School exams in both vocal and instrumental music adds value”.

Sports – Which includes Cricket, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Swimming as well as athletics and Shooting enhance physical well-being and are a part of the daily schedule.
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Neeta Bali,
Head, Kasiga School, Dehradun

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