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Educational institutes raise the bar for students in athletics

DNMUM174651 | 6/5/2010 | Author : Deepti Acharya | WC :376

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Along with academics, schools are encouraging pupils to focus on sports
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It’s not only academics schools in Thane have been in the forefront of promoting sports and physical culture. Due to the high standard of sports infrastructure and excellent training facilities, schools have been able to give a boost to sports among school students.
Akash Pednekar and Nikita Kochrekar, students of Saraswati Vidyalaya, Rabodi in Thane bagged gold and silver medals in high jump and gymnastics respectively at national level sports events. Meera Korde, principal of Saraswati Vidyalaya said, “Physcial activities play a pivotal role in our school curriculum, because it brings all-round development among students.”
The school offers training and has in-house equipment for indoor games such as gymnastics, chess, karate, basketball and volleyball and mallakhambh.
While for football and cricket, students practise at a private playground in Thane. “The school offers one of the finest sports infrastructure in the city. We have several students participating not just at district level, but also in international level sports events,” Korde said.
An artistic gymnastics set that costs around Rs4 lakh is available with the school. Citing that a healthy body is healthy mind, Rajesh Tanwar, principal of DAV Public School said, “We are observed increased student participation in sports since they have realised the benefits of physical fitness. Even the attitude of parents is changing.”
The school has several students being trained by experts in table tennis, handball, football, kho-kho and athletics at the state-of-the-art in-house sports facility. In order to inculcate the importance of physical fitness among students from early days in life, a Physical Education Card (PEC) project is being run in collaboration with CBSE, New Delhi and British Council. DAV Public School, Thane is one of the schools selected for the pilot project. Under the PEC project, students of class I-V are provided fitness training daily, that grooms them for taking up serious sporting activities later.
Parents find that school sports clubs a good avenue of grooming their children. “In today’s age with no open spaces, school playgrounds have the sole arena for sports. Instead of being glued to computer games, students should avail the infrastructure available at several schools in Thane,” Aparna B, parent of a state level player student said. 
Photo Caption: Students participating at gymnastic workshop in Saraswati Vidya Mandir in Rabodi

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