Sports for All is an exciting initiative in which school children between the ages of 8 and 16 get to participate in an inter-school sports competition. The event helps to encourage participation in sports, and to increase the number of girls attending; a special ‘Girls Day’ has been included in this year’s event.
The 2016 Sports for All is much larger than it has been in previous years. This year, there were over 35,000 children taking part in 25 different sports events. The previous Sports for All attracted a much smaller number of participants with only 9 events.
Some have called this Mumbai event a ‘mini Olympics’. In order to help the participants feel what it is like to compete in international sports, the event has been organized with all the regular amenities found in international level competitions. Participants will find readily available physiotherapists and good video documentation of all the events, along with all you would expect in order to round out the experience.
All schools that participate pay a fee of approximately Rs 6,000. Government schools do not have to pay the fees since Sports for All has made sure to connect with organizations that help to fund those schools that are unable to do so themselves.
Sports for All was founded by Rishikesh Joshi. After its clear success in Mumbai, there are plans to take the sporting event to other cities.
There are a number of companies that have sponsored the event. Joshi commented on the involvement of Honor in the event. Saina Nehwal is Honor’s brand ambassador, and an Indian Badminton champion. She will be attending the ‘Girls Day’.
Joshi said: “We are glad we have partners like Honor and Saina on board, who share the same vision towards Indian sports. Our efforts to select, condition and train these young sports enthusiasts would be incomplete without their support and encouragement. We look forward to witnessing exciting and nail biting matches in the next few days.”
Sports for All 2016 began on 28th November, and ends on 19th December.