Saturday, January 20, 2024

Close To 1400 School Athletes Competed In Multi-Sports On Day 4 Of The SFA Championships In Bengaluru

 ·         Athletes competed in six sports - Badminton, Skating, Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, and Football - all in one day

·         Badminton and skating witnessed highest athlete participation, with close to 300 matches on the badminton courts, and close to 30 races in the skating rink

An action packed Day 4 of the SFA Championships in Bengaluru unfolded with multiple sports, showcasing a combination of grit, determination and commitment by athletes, across the city. The Padukone Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence (PDCSE) took center stage, with the commencement of Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball matches, while the Force 1 Skating Rink witnessed the thrilling kickoff of skating competitions.

On the commencement of Badminton at the Championships, Prakash Padukone, Founder, Padukone Sports Management shared, "All that we need to do is give a child a ground to play, and then see their passion for sports soar higher. Enabling a sporting platform for school athletes to compete in diverse sports, SFA Championships is a great step in discovering future potential. During our times, we could only watch other players and learn to get better. With the SFA Championships, emerging athletes can now get an early exposure to coaches, professional stadiums and plan their careers in sports. At the Padukone Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence (PDCSE), we are glad to be supporting this grassroots movement shaping the country's  landscape in sports".   

Basketball finals of U-11 girls and boys brought the courts to life with spirited competition. The U-11 Basketball final witnessed an impressive victory by Vidyashilpa, who dominated the court against Greenwoods, with a remarkable score of 14-0. Volleyball semi-finals in the U-16 and U-18 boys categories kept spectators on the edge of their seats with intensive sporting battles. At the skating rink, competitions kicked off from U-7 to U-17 categories, with participants gliding with impressive manoeuvres in pursuit of victory.

Filled with pride, Chirag S. Gowda's father, witnessing his son's success in skating, shared, “We're extremely happy that Chirag won a silver medal in the U-7 category for 200m quads and a gold medal in the 400m quads (U-7 category). His mother, who is a national-level netball player, is his inspiration in sports. This was our first experience at the SFA Championships, and the well organised structure and support made it a seamless and an enjoyable experience. I believe that such platforms play a crucial role in motivating children to move forward in sports.”

Football action continued, featuring knockout rounds for U-14 Boys and quarter finals for U-16 Boys. Simultaneously, the Tennis quarter finals were held for boys in the category from U-10 to U-16, along with the U-14 Boys (Doubles) final, adding intensity to the atmosphere.

Demonstrating the power of sport in transforming the society, Day 5 will celebrate female athletes participating at the SFA Championships in Bengaluru, as part of the 'She is Gold' initiative. Day 5 also promises to surge in excitement as Football (U14, U16 & U18), Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, and Basketball gear up to captivate audiences with intense competitions.

The daily schedule, detailed results of each sport's competition, will be available on – For real-time updates, highlights, and exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, follow our social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

SFA Championships is poised to make sports accessible for school athletes across the country, thereby empowering today’s talent to become the Champions of tomorrow. The journey to represent the country at the Olympics, is what SFA Championships is enabling for emerging athletes. 

About Sports For All (SFA)

Sports For All (SFA)?is India's?largest tech-enabled multi-sport grassroots competition platform. The vision is to make youth fall in love with sports through inspiring and joyful sporting experiences.?Founders?Rishikesh Joshi and Vishwas Choksi,?since the inception of SFA in 2015, have determinedly focused on transforming and mobilizing school sporting championships in the country, by providing an inclusive, diverse, safe, and best-in-class platform for the youth to realize their fullest potential through sports.

SFA Championships, SFA’s flagship IP, brings forth the potential of large-scale multi-sporting competitions propelled by tech and data analytics. Being?phygital?in nature, the SFA Championships have today become the backbone of identifying sporting potential at the grassroots level. In 2023, SFA has pledged to encourage 2 lakh athletes to participate at 9 SFA Championships, across the cities of Indore, Dehradun, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Ahmedabad, to determine the “number one school in sports”, in each city.

With a technology-led approach at its core, SFA enables the entire grassroots sport ecosystem via SFAPLAY.COM, a platform designed to empower and connect all stakeholders via statistics, data, analytics, match videos, content, performance management, and competition management systems.

SFA is the leading sports entrepreneurial venture empaneled with the Sports Authority of India (SAI). We have been the “official partner” of the Indian Olympic Association, enabling support for Indian contingent to the Tokyo Olympics, 2020; Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 2022; Asian Games, 2022. SFA has been an integral team at the 36th National Games, Gujarat, 2022, the 37th National Games, Goa, 2023 and editions of Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana, Pune and Guwahati. In the year 2023, SFA signed on as the “powered by” sponsors for the Khelo India Youth Games, for the next five years.

Stay tuned as we transform the school sporting ecosystem?

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