South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament Starts Today in Bengaluru

Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) is all set for the 2nd Edition of the JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament beginning today at the Hockey Stadium (aka Shanthinagar Hockey Stadium) in Langford Town, Bengaluru.

Lokknath Char (Sports United) and Jude Felix during Press Conference

Lokknath Char (Sports United) and Jude Felix during Press Conference (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

Like Jude Felix (Olympian and former Captain of Indian Hockey Team) always says, “the Academy is for people who think differently and work towards making a difference”. JFHA found similar visionaries in South United – Lokko Sports. South United FC, a recently launched football club in Bangalore by Lokko Sports, joined hands to support the tournament as the title Sponsor of the tournament, “South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament”.
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A dusty way to a new ground.. Hockey Village India @ Garh Himmat Singh, Rajasthan

Garh Himmat Singh, one of the most laid back villages in eastern Rajasthan houses a Hockey Academy where more than 50 boys and girls have been playing the Indian National Game since a year.  Andrea Thumshirn, a first division hockey player from Germany began this academy in July 2010 and aptly called it Hockey Village India.

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

The children from the village have been learning the game and improving at it each day. Though the conditions of the ground are those which no hockey stick in this world can stand – the dust, sand and stones are painful, the kids don’t mind because they know that their time on a “real” ground will come. Continue reading →

Jude Felix Hockey Academy is more than a Hockey Academy

The Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA), Charitable Trust is traveling on a perfect path to achieve what they set themselves to do as inscribed in their mission.. “Develop hockey at the grass-root levels starting at schools, orphanages and homes, through the game enable children with important life-skills needed to successfully deal with challenges in life” Since its inception in 2009 the academy has trained around 200 children. The commitment of the coaches and volunteers is seen in the smiles of the little children as they assemble to practice Hockey every morning without fail.

Jude Felix Hockey Academy

Jude Felix Hockey Academy

Most of the children being currently trained live at St Mary’s orphanage and go to Maria Niketan School   and are being taught Hockey by coaches of international repute. Through Hockey life skills and discipline which would help them grow as individuals are being imparted. We were told by coach P. Shanmugham that there has been a significant positive change in the children, they respect and care for each other a lot more than they used to. The children are given assignments on and off the field and taught values such as leadership, team-spirit, sharing, caring and are constantly encouraged for what they do. Continue reading →