What is your view of the sports education that is being currently provided by schools in India?
Sport is an important part of human life. It is important that sports should be introduced in early days of a child’s life. Schools should try to teach the child about the ways by which sports can be developed as a professional career. Children have to be allowed to peruse a passion and a dream. In fact, I am of the opinion that India can win world class tournaments once we have proper sporting culture in our institutions. So when it comes to our institutes, lot of work has to be done for creating a proper sporting environment.
What are your expectations from the government to enhance the quality of sports in Education in schools?
It is very important for the government to invest in improvement of facilities. The proper infrastructure has to be there to allow students to access sports related technology and knowledge.
Being an eminent sportsman, please highlight your contribution for the development of sports among students?
We invest a lot of time interacting with children who are interested in taking up motorcycle racing as a career, but we also face the challenge of accessing right technology and proper equipment. This restricts the children from dreaming big. Ten10 racing is in the process of setting a small training school for young children to start learning to ride mini motorcycles in a controlled environment so that they can have some fun. This may also lead to the building of crop of talented young motorcycle riders in the country, we are working towards the fulfilment of this aim.
Ashutosh Batta, Director and Principal, Bloom Public School, Vasantkunj, New Delhi, speaks about the importance of sports in overall education of a child
What kind of steps is the school taking to emphasise the need of sports development ?
Our sports curriculum starts with basic physical activities at 3+ onwards level to imparting skills in various sports at middle and senior level.
In addition to this we are hiring Sports faculty with specialised coaches. The school is also conducting a programme called Physical Education in curriculum initiated by British council. Along with this, we are conducting intra-school and interschool sports tournament.
To boost the sports among students we offer designation of sports captain in the body of student council.
For sports development among the students, we award scholarship to students participating at state level. Also, we impart free coaching to students in various sports before and after school.
We have seen very positive results of this. Sandeep Sejwal, Olympian Swimmer, is an alumnus of our school.
Please provide us with an overview of sports solutions installed in the school.
Sporting infrastructure available in the school includes courts for volleyball, badminton, basketball, skating and we also have grounds for cricket, football, etc. There are tables for Table Tennis. Large expense on sport equipments has been made. We would appreciate some assistance from government and also from the corporate sector to subsidise our sporting needs.
Tell us about the company from which you are getting your solutions.
We are working with Sportseed towards introducing non-mainstream sports like Archery, which is an Olympic Sport with tremendous potential. They are able to bring the best coaches in these sports due to their tie ups with the concerned sports association/federation at national levels.
We are working with Sportseed for the introduction of new Olympic sports. Advantage of such an alliance is that we are able to institutionalise certain sports for which the coaches are not easily available and we can stay abreast with global standards on sports and Physical Education.//