Once again Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) proved their desire to do things differently, with a spectacular curtain raiser event for the upcoming 2nd edition of JFHA Inter School Hockey tournament, which will be played from 7-10 November at KSHA Hockey Stadium aka Shantinagar Hockey Stadium under floodlights.
Hockey Stars’ Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, SV Sunil, SK Uthappa, Legendary Goalkeeper Ashish Ballal, Mr K Krishnamurthy (Hon Secretary, KSHA) and Mr Saranga Pani (one of Founders of CSIM) graced the occasion and made it an amazing Sunday along with all the donors & well wishers of JFHA, the event was held at JFHA ground, Maria Niketan School.
Delighted with the response from the hockey family and well wishers on such a short notice, former India Captain and the Founder Trustee of the Academy, Jude Felix highlighted some of the achievements of the academy boys as he addressed the gathering, few of which are as following:
- Joshua Arun Kumar and Arvind were inducted into the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in June 2012
- Rajendra just got selected for the U16 Sub Juniors South Zone Nationals, to be held at Trivandrum
- The JFHA players representing Maria Niketan School won the Taluk Level Tournament in July 2012.
- The JFHA players representing Maria Niketan School won the Bangalore District Level Tournament in August 2012.
- JFHA players represented Maria Niketan School and won the Allan MacBride Inter-School Tournament in August 2012.
- Noel Romario was awarded The Most Valuable Player’ of the Allan Macbride Memorial Inter School Tournament in August 2012.
- Noel Robinson was awarded ‘The Most Valuable Player’ of the 2012 G S Randhawa Memorial Inter School Hockey tournament held during August 2012.
- Noel Robin was awarded the ‘Most Promising Player’ in the tournament conducted by Germains Old Boys Association, 2011.
- Rajendra was awarded the ‘Best Forward Award’ in the G S Randhawa Memorial Inter School tournament, 2011.
- ‘Fair Play’ Trophy was awarded to Maria Nikatan School in the G S Randhawa Memorial during the year 2010.
The strong team of volunteers and commitment of the boys for the game, are the backbone of the academy, in Jude’s own words, ” We’ve been through tough times, but thanks to my great team, we have pulled through, the curtain raiser event is to launch the upcoming tournament and also pay tribute and thank everyone who have helped, supported JFHA in all means from the start.
These achievement show that Boys know exactly what they are doing and the JFHA team of volunteers are here to drive a change in Indian Hockey and are not just another trust for charity.
The no pomp and show event was very well organized and was to the point, the day started with greetings and interactions, leading to a friendly exhibition match where JFHA boys pitched against “Rest of Karnataka” team which included Arjun Halappa, VS Vinaya, SV Sunil and a few other former/current State/Club players.
Most importantly, the boys were delighted to interact with the star players on and off the field, this will make a lot of difference in their spirit for the game, confidence level and personality.
After a very well organized, 1st edition of tournament last year, with first of its kind Curtain Raiser event for the 2nd edition of JFHA Inter-school Tournament, the academy believes in being different and extremely professional.
The smiles and spirit on the field and the interactions off it that would make a lot of difference in the hearts of all the little ones and everyone who were present at the academy, surely made this event all the more special, everyone present witnessed an amazing beginning to the 2nd edition of the tournament and wish the best for the JFHA Boys and the amazing team behind it all.
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