In an attempt to inculcate sports culture in tribal children, the Kallakurichi district administration on Sunday June 26 inaugurated a special sports training session for students at Ekalavya Tribal Welfare School in Kalrayan Hills.
According to official sources, about 150 students will be trained for free in athletics, including long jump, shot put and relay; rope gymnastics; volleyball; kabbadi; and in traditional sports like mallakhamb for the next 10 days. This will be followed by regular student practice throughout the current academic year.
As the coaches will find it difficult to travel to the hills from Kallakurichi every day due to lack of transportation, they will be accommodated during the 10-day training, official sources said.
District Collector PN Sridhar said, “To compensate for the limited opportunities enjoyed by students at Ekalavya School, the administration has come up with some plans to empower and improve their skills. The purpose of this training is to equip the tribal students of Kalrayan Hills skills in various games and make them participate in state, national and international sports tournaments.The costs of using equipment and other training materials will also be free.They will additionally receive support to participate in tournaments.
A class V student, who lives in Vellimalai village, said, “I live in the Vellimalai area and as girls most of us go home after school. As our parents are afraid for our safety in the evening, we have no chance to play sports regularly. The special training will help us start learning a game and practice better.