Gangtok, 07 Oct:
More than 200 children turned up for the launch of ‘Kids to Pitch’ initiative, a sporting activity exclusively for the children below 12 years, here at Paljor Stadium today. Paljor Stadium is now open exclusively for children below 12 years of age every Sunday from 7 AM to 9 AM.
This unique initiative has been started by a group of likeminded people from Gangtok in coordination with the Department of Sports & Youth Affairs mainly to engage young children in outdoor activities and provide then basic knowledge of sports and fitness. Keeping the stadium exclusively for two hours every Sunday also reassures parents who are otherwise hesitant to send the young to a crowded ground.
The organizers are led by Sports & Youth Affairs Deputy Director [coaching], Thupten Rapgyal.
Children have been segregated into different groups by age and sports preference and are being provided coaching by experienced sportspersons and coaches.
The organisers have also provided sports kits to the participating children.
On the occasion, Secretary, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, SD Dhakal, underlined that the main idea was to provide a platform exclusively to young children to motivate them towards sports and fitness. He stated that the initiative has a long term plan to establish a strong base in sports for children.
Sikkim Football Association president, Menla Ethenpa, congratulated the organsiers and the Sports & Youth Affairs Department for coming up with such a unique initiative. He shared that All India Football Federation [AIFF] was starting the Baby League at the national level. On the same, he stated that such an initiative would help prepare a good State team for the upcoming AIFF Baby League.
A member of the group, Sumeet Thirani, stated that likeminded people of the capital in coordination with department of SYA have stepped up for this initiative to bring out children from the confined of four walls for some healthy activity.