Stick for India returns to ASA after ASV Hockey Academy celebrate 10th anniversary

The Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) just concluded the 10th Anniversary celebration of its hockey academy earlier this year. And now it welcomed Andreu Enrich, the man who strengthened Hockey in Anantapur through the Stick for India project. Andreu is here to relive the 10th Anniversary celebrations and a decade long commitment to bring sports to rural India particularly Anantapur. He is doing that through the Stick for India and Hockey. Andreu spoke to us about this year’s camp and shared with us about how the 10 year celebrations have been very special. He also gave us some insights on the camp itself.

Andreu with some of the younger boys at camp

Andreu with some of the younger boys at camp

What made this year’s camp different?

The Stick for India camp structure hasn’t changed much. We trained the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) Hockey Academy teams with a greater intensity this year. This is because we have observed that they continue to improve by leaps and bounds. However the coaching methodology and philosophy remains the same. We visited grassroot schools, played hockey games with the girls and the boys, spoke to their PE teachers and Headmasters, etc.

What did you have in mind when you brought more women coaches over this year?

The focus has always been to empower young girls through sport. We did not plan to have more women coaches this year. However, during the pre-camp period we floated a campaign to invite volunteer coaches. To our surprise, we received more applications from women coaches, and that favoured our aim at women empowerment.

The visiting Spanish coaches along with a few children from the camp

The visiting Spanish coaches along with a few children from the camp

What was your aim of the camp this year?

We received support from Sportways. Its a Dutch company that extended support to the project by providing us their coaching methodologies, modules and kit. Their philosophy to hockey is based strongly on the concept of “Fun and Learning.” We believe in the same principles. We therefore aimed to ensure that more children play the sport and enjoy doing so during this year’s Stick for India camp.

The ASA celebrated the Hockey project’s 10th anniversary, how do feel when you look back to see your involvement with the project for so many years?

I am very happy to have been part of the project. The overall progress of the program has been very satisfying as the numbers at the grassroots grow at a fair pace. This motivates me to keep moving forward. For me initially, it was only about growing the reach of my sport and working with Rural Development Trust (RDT). Now it is completely different as the project is affecting so many lives in such a positive manner.  I am just overjoyed about that fact. I do regret not being able to be there during the celebrations though but knowledge of the fact that the program celebrated its 10th year along with the opportunity I get to be here every year with all these beautiful and enthusiastic children makes me feel really wonderful.

1MHL visits RDT Hockey Academy

After some great hockey during this season and quite a few trophies donning the shelves, Rural Development Trust (RDT) welcomed one of their first ever guests from the Hockey loving nation of Netherlands, a renowned sports business development strategist, Rob van Nes on 12th January, 2016.

Rob displaying some of his Hockey skills before posing with the Hockey Girls from RDT Hockey Academy

Rob displaying some of his Hockey skills before posing with the Hockey Girls from RDT Hockey Academy

Rob,  with Dutch Hockey Star Floris Jan Bovelander, has co-founded a great sporting initiative that is directed towards the development of hockey at the grassroots level in India. This visionary initiative is the “One Million Hockey Legs (1MHL)” program. It is also a great platform for India & the Netherlands to build great relations and develop a better sporting infrastructure at the grassroots and business relations in India with the help of the Netherlands. Continue reading →

RDT Anantapur Retained JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament Title

Bangalore, 10 Nov, 2013: RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur successfully defended their title of JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament by defeating Sports School Kudige in the final of Dreamworld India – JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013 by 3-2 played tonight here at KSHA Hockey Stadium under floodlights.

NA Haris, MLA Shantinagar handing over trophy to RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur, the Champions of Dreamworld India - JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013

NA Haris, MLA Shantinagar handing over trophy to RDT High School for Inclusive Education, Anantapur, the Champions of Dreamworld India – JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013

In the final match, Siva of RDT, scored in 3rd minute to take early lead which lasted till the half time. The Sports School Kudige came back in the game quickly after the change of ends and scored an early goal in 2nd half to equalize. The equalizing goal came through Carriappa MB, when he scored off a penalty corner in very first minute of 2nd half. Continue reading →

Most Awaited JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tourney from Nov 7 under Floodlights

After 2 editions of trend-setting and world-class hockey tournament for school kids, the 3rd edition of the JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament is all set to start from 7th November. The tournament will be inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore, at 4:30 PM at KSHA Hockey Stadium, Langford Town, Bangalore.

South United-JFHA Inter School Hockey Tournament 2012 Champions RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur (AP) with chief Guest Allan Schofield (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist)

The Defending Champions RDT Inclusive High School, Anantapur (AP) with chief Guest Allan Schofield (Moscow Olympics Gold Medalist) after receiving trophy (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

The 3rd edition of this inter-school hockey tournament, organised by Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA), is called Dreamworld India – JFHA Inter-School Hockey Tournament 2013 as “Dreamworld India” has come on board with JFHA as the title sponsor of the tournament for this year. Maths Creation Centre is the co-sponsor of the tournament and MJ Maths is associate sponsor. As it was in last two edition, this edition will also be played in international standard environment including floodlights. Continue reading →

SAI ‘A’ Won Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship 2013

SAI ‘A’ held DYES ‘A’ for 1-1 draw to win Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship 2013, which concluded on Friday at the KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The winners SAI ‘A’ got richer by INR 30,000/- while the runners DYES ‘A’ were awarded with INR 20,000/-.

RDT Hockey Academy (Stick for India) Anantapur Goalkeeping Training Session

Navneeta (Best Goalie) trains here at RDT Hockey Academy

Individual Awards:
Best Goal Keeper – Kumari Navneeta (RDT)
Best Defender – Bhagyashree (SAI ‘A’)
Best Half – Kavyashree (DYES Mysore)
Best Forward – Chaithra (Vasu Sports Club)
Player of the Tournament – Sushma ( SAI ‘A’)

Both the teams, DYES ‘A’ and SAI ‘A’, were pool toppers in the 1st phase of the tournament, while in 2nd phase both finished on 7 points from 2 wins and a draw each, same goal difference of +9 each and are separated only by goal scored (10 and 13 respectively). However DYES ‘A’ was only unbeaten in the league as the champions SAI ‘A’ had lost 0-1 to Vasu SC, Hubli in a match in the first phase of the championship.

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Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship Updates: 2nd Phase Underway

The 2nd phase of the Karnataka State Women’s Hockey League Championship is underway at KSHA Hockey Stadium in Bangalore. The league is being conducted by Karnataka State Hockey Association after the legal amalgamation of Karnataka State Women’s Hockey Association with Men’s Body (KSHA) in 2012.

Women's HockeyThe League Championship started on 3rd September, where a total of 9 teams competing for top honours. The teams were divided in two pools for the first phase. Pool A consisted of DYES ‘A’, Govt Sports School-Kudige, SAI ‘B’ and Zenith HC, while BCYA, DYES ‘B’, RDT Hockey Academy-Anantapur, SAI ‘A’ and Vasu SC-Hubli completed the Pool B.

First phase results and points table are given below. Continue reading →