“An invaluable result of sports is the growth of what has been called the sporting spirit. That includes good humour and tolerance and consideration for all, a right attitude and friendliness to competitors and rivals, self-control and scrupulous observance of the laws of the game, fair play and avoidance of the use of foul means, an equal acceptance of victory or defeat without bad humour, resentment or ill-will towards successful competitors, loyal acceptance of the decisions of the appointed judge, umpire or referee. These qualities have value for life in general and not only for sport, but the help that sport can give to self development is direct and invaluable.
The nation which possesses these qualities in the highest degree is likely to be the strongest for victory, success and greatness, but also for the contribution it can make towards the bringing about of unity and a more harmonious world order towards which we look as our Hope For Humanity’s Future.”
AVAG, Auroville Sports Resource Centre (AVSRC), Dehashakti and Paalam are joining forces for a concentrated development of sports in the bioregion, including Auroville. It is also hoped that this project can be a bridge to creating career opportunities for local youth in sports with linkages to scholarships and sports college.
Use of sports has demonstrated to be a very effective method which cuts across all cultural and social barriers and provides an opportunity to influence behavioural change and social integration, we believe it can be a powerful tool to simultaneously counter gender and caste discrimination of the individuals we work with, and could even lead to future career opportunities and hence, economic empowerment.
The programme aims to be an instrument for social inclusion and social change and to contribute towards unity and harmony between Auroville and the surrounding villages and at inter-village level by developing cross-community interaction through a program of local sports events, upgrading of facilities and coaching that will lead to regular competitions on local, district and regional level.
- Regular sports training at Dehashakthi, AVAG and AVSRC sports ground during weekends.
- Organizing workshops on leadership Skills, First Aid, Nutrition, Values,National Integration Camps.
- Continual efforts to secure the government mini stadium project for the sports development of youth in the Auroville bioregion.
- Enrolling many more girls from the bio region in sports training.
- The programme is for youth,men and women, who do not normally have access to sports after marriage, or even after attaining puberty, due to cultural limitations.It covers a range of sports, including traditional games like Kho Kho, Kabbadi, athletics, badminton and volleyball. This project will further be a bridge to create career opportunities for locals and provide linkages to scholarships and sports colleges for further education.
- So far 30 village sports clubs have
registered, with 750 youths who are
interested in sports from 20 villages of the Auroville Bioregion.
- Organised Volleyball, Athletics and Kabbadi competitions with a total of 420 participants. In addition, we hosted our first Kabbadi tournament for 250 women.
- 96 men and 24 women are selected as best performers in the above said events who attended the competitions from 15 local villages.
- The selected members are given special training by the district level qualified coaches to prepare them for district, regional and state level competitions.
∙ Cross-community interaction: Sport activities have brought people of different groups together and compete on a healthy and friendly platform, as well as to promote social and cultural exchange between Auroville and the Bioregion.
∙ Health: Sports have improved the overall physical and mental health of the participants of the program.
∙ Education: the positive effects of sport on education include improved attainment, lower absenteeism and drop-out, and increased progression to higher education.
∙ Social inclusion: has provided unifying medium. It has helped with social inclusion and harmony and can promote equal opportunities for women and other underprivileged sectors of the society, as the sports programmes have strengthened social networks and community identity.
∙ Self-esteem: helped in building leadership skills as well as enhancing their self-esteem, courage and self-confidence and it also inculcates in participants values of discipline and team spirit.
∙ Employment: Better education, skills, self-esteem and self-confidence would, in turn, lead to better employment opportunities which have helped poor individuals escape the clutches of poverty. In addition, it is hoped that this project will create career opportunities in Sports for local women and men, with linkages to scholarships and sports colleges.
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