NOIDA: Beginning of sports activities and competitions in state elementary and high school schools, for which Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively will be granted for the purchase of necessary sports equipment.
While plans are being drawn for each school to involve both boys and girls to engage in sports activities such as basketball, table tennis, gymnastics, judo, athletics, kho-kho, badminton, cricket, hockey, etc. once schools start from the Reopening June 16, the focus will be on selecting the best players in a given sport from all districts for state competitions.
To do this, the Basic Education Department was instructed to enlist the services of Sports Federation experts and Sports Department officials (on duty/retired) upon invitation to motivate students.
“I have issued directives to all block and division schools in the district to ensure that sports activities and preparations for sports competitions can begin without waiting for the sports program announcement date. This is done at the direction of Dr. Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, Director of Department of Basic Education (DoBE) Uttar Pradesh,” said Aishwarya Lakshmi Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) GB Nagar.
The activity involves regular athletic activities the first four days of the week, followed by Scout activities the last two days of the week. “All the details about this must be kept in a school register,” Lakshmi said.
The government also provides financial support to polish up the sports infrastructure in the schools. “The Indian government has allocated 5,000 rupees per primary school and 10,000 rupees per high school for the purchase of sports equipment in the districts. Schools that need an infrastructure upgrade will be given the opportunity to add sports equipment from the allotted amount and ensure its proper use,” said Lakshmi, adding that sports activities are scheduled to start once schools open from June 16.
while dr Singh pointed out the importance of sport for the overall development of the child, he led regular activities in this field. “One must not forget that sport is very important for the physical and mental development of children. Therefore, the children should be given maximum opportunities,” said Singh.
In addition, while competitions for boys and girls are held separately, a policy has been put in place to ensure that boys and girls are not discriminated against in sports competitions. “Girls should have every opportunity to participate in sports and competitions,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, schools have been ordered to draw up plans and timetables in which full details of all children enrolled in the school will be prepared on an Excel sheet which should indicate the pupils who have been selected for competitive levels after sporting events. The remaining students must regularly participate in sports of their choice at their own level.
“There was an emphasis on developing a child’s athletic activity along with academic pursuit. More and more attention is paid to sport instead of just preparing children to participate in sports shows or a rally. While the rally is just a performance of games, taking into account the interest of children, from grades 1 to 8, every child will participate in some sport with an opportunity to play,” said Lakshmi.