Gangtok, 01 Oct:
A group of likeminded people from Gangtok, in coordination with the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs, has come forward with a unique initiative - ‘Kids to Pitch’ - exclusively for the children below 12 years of age.
The idea is to draw these kids to Paljor Stadium and provide them with the basics of sports and fitness.
The initiative will be launched on Sunday [07 October], and under this engagement, Paljor Stadium will be opened exclusively for children below 12 years from 7 to 9 AM every Sunday. The main idea, as mentioned, is to engage young children in outdoor activities and to give basic knowledge about sports and fitness.
The initiative is born from a group of likeminded parents, former sportspersons and sports enthusiastic led by Sports & Youth Affairs Deputy Director [coaching], Thupten Rapgyal.
Addressing a press conference here at Paljor Stadium this afternoon, Mr Rapgyal informed that the initiative has been started in consultation with the Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs Department.
He highlighted that children nowadays are confined to four walls and this initiative would help bring children to the ground at least once a week for some outdoor activities.
He added that most parents are hesitant to send their children to the packed ground, hence this initiative which opens the stadium exclusively for children has been getting an encouraging response.
“This would also help the children change their lifestyle and develop an interest towards fitness and also establish a good foundation in sports,” he expressed.
Mr Rapgyal has expressed his happiness with the interest shown by parents to support this initiative.
“Later on the initiative will have the total involvement of parents and we would only provide them technical support. This is a very good start by likeminded people and we are hoping it will make a big impact in the near future,” he said.
Members of the group stated that children of different age groups will be segregated and coaches will look after children each group.
They also shared plans to organise a Baby Football Tournament in the near future and competitions in other sports as well.
“We would closely watch every child to establish a good foundation in sports and they will be encouraged in the sports of their choice,” they said.