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Development through Sports
Widening the views and boost the self-confidence of young people through sports and sports related exchange programmes.
Area: Children from deprived background both from India (TF’s projects) and France
Number of children reached: 164
Age of the children: 6 to 18 years
Coordinator: Mr. Arpan Bhattacharjee
Supported By: Sport dans la Ville (SDLV) and French Emassy (India)
The programme uses sports as a means to encourage young people to avoid antisocial behaviour, teaching them the importance of teamwork, leadership and social integration. This programme was started in February-2010, when students of Sport Dans La Ville (SDLV) -a France based NGO came to Tomorrow's Foundation to take part in sports & cultural events with the students of TF. As part of this intervention we have started regular football classes in Kolkata, Dantewada and Bijapur. In Kolkata most difficult children who lacks concentration in class rooms were targeted first. In Dantewada all girls and in Bijapur all boys started playing football regularly. Volunteer football coaches from France have provided them the required training. Every year in February-March, some students from SDLV come to India to participate in football focused exchange programme. Children from TF also go for a 15 day long summer camp organized in France.
- It has yielded the desired results as the same students who lacked concentrations and shown disruptive behaviors have started taking much interest in studies. Most of them have also become regular both in the football ground as well as in schools.
- Cultural and sports exchange have enhanced the leadership and teamwork spirit of children.
- In 2011, 3 young Indians were sent to France.
Tomorrow’s Foundation Admin Office
KMC Ward Nr. 108,
Kolkata – 700107
Phone: +91-033-2443-1520 / +91-033-3296-2393
Email: arpan @ tomorrowsfoundation.org