SAIIER 2013:Auroville Sports Resource Centre

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Auroville Sports Resource Centre

As the previous years, Auroville Sports Resource Center coordinated several sports and games activities for both the Aurovilians and our surrounding neighbors with an aim at increasing physical fitness with an intention of preparing for the eventual transformation.

Some of the out-door activities included: Badminton, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Cricket, Basketball, and Table tennis and some of the in-door activities included: Yoga training for the women group, Tango dance, projection of Sports videos (both feature films and training materials), and sports group meetings.

We also acquired some much needed furniture: a sound system cupboard, wall shelves with doors, and a Godrej cupboard to keep trophies and other materials. We also acquired a 3-in-1 printer for office use.

This year two new events were introduced: a Table Tennis Tournament and a Basketball Tournament for Auroville school children.

Table Tennis Tournament

In the this tournament, there were 56 participants altogether: 12 from Chennai, 28 from Pondy and 16 from Auroville. In the men category there 48 participants and in the women category there were 8 participants. This was a one-day event where players arrived in the morning by 9 am, the schedule was made and announced at 9:30 am, and the tournament began at 10:00 am; lunch was provided for all participants and the day ended with prize distribution at 7:30 pm. The matches were played on a knock-out basis. In the men category Mr. Ravichandran from Chennai won the first place trophy, and in the women category Miss Rahila from Pondy won the first place trophy. The trophies were awarded by Mr. Sanjeev from SAIIER. Mr. Mohanradju, coach cum organizer from Pondy TT Association, helped coordinate the event together with Mr. Suresh and Mr. Logu from Auroville.

Basketball Tournament at Udavi School

The second new event of this this year was the basketball tournament organized by Udavi School at the Udavi School grounds. This event was solely for Auroville school children from the various Auroville schools. It focused on the sub-junior and junior categories for both girls and boys. There were 4 sub-junior boys' teams, 4 junior girls' teams and 4 junior boys' teams.

This tournament was a two-day event where matches were played in the mornings from 6:30 to 8:30 am and in the evenings from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The matches were played on the knock-out basis on the mud court. This event was very well appreciated by all participants and audiences, and it was proposed to conduct this event every year at Udavi School. Mr. Sanjeev, Director of Udavi School and Mr. Rathinam of Auroville Unity Fund handed out the trophies to the winners and the runners.

Volley Ball Competition

The Auroville Volley Ball sports group conducts an annual volley ball tournament for all the teams from Auroville, Outreach Schools and from the surrounding village of Auroville. SAIIER through the Auroville Sports Resource Centre gives contribution to conduct this tournament every year. This year we received Rs. 18,000 in order to conduct the tournament, which was held on November 10 and 11, 2012.

Earlier this year the girls teams had come forward requesting to be part of the volley ball tournament, which previously included only men's and boy's teams. So we gave some training for the girls teams before the tournament, and finally they took part. The girls teams were excited and requested to be included every year in the future.

Organizing the tournament involved: cleaning the grounds; distributing invitations to all the teams from surrounding villages; announcing in News & Notes; making the time schedule; providing some snacks and mineral water for all the players; buying uniforms, new balls and net; arrange chairs for the visitors and players.

We had to do some extra fundraising and so appealed to some individuals and Auroville units. We raised Rs. 19,500 from 10 donors. (We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors.)

A total of 32 boys team participated in the competition: Dehashakti Sports Club, NESS, Kuilapalayam, Edayanchavady, Bommayarpalayam, Chinnakottapuppam Mudaliyarchavadi, Perriya Mudaliyarchavadi, Kottakarai, Alankuppam, Moratandi, Mathur, Pillichavady, Kalapet, Nadukuppam, Puthurai, Kootroad, Ganagachettikulam, Annainagar, Setinagar, Killzpet, Rayapudupakkam, Apprampet, Kunimadu, Pudupadu, Thalapuram, Sanjeevganar, and Durvai.

4 girls teams were formed and given the names “Star”, “Cloud”, “Moon”, and “Rainbow/Dehashakti”.

210 players took part in the competition for this year. Prizes were awarded to the winners, motivating participants to play their best and continue improving. The tournament brought all the volley ball sports players from surrounding villages together, showing the interest in this game which is played everywhere in the world.