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Pay and play scheme of NIS proves success

Written by: Staff

Patiala, May 15: The 'Pay and Play' scheme intiated by the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS) a few months back has proved to be a success.

''As the scheme has got a good response, we have decided to extend the scheme'', NIS, Regional Director, L S Ranawat told UNI here today.

The scheme for different disciplines caters to all age groups from five to 25 years and even more, he said. Players under this scheme are imparted training under the NIS coaches.

Spelling out the details, Mr Ranawat said that the scope of the pay and play programme has now been extended by adding boxing (6-19 years), cycling (5-17 years), fencing (8 years and above), gymnastics (5 to 21 years), handball (10 years and above), judo (8 to 19 years), wushu (9 to 25 years) and yoga (6 years and above) at a monthly fee of Rs 100 only.

The other sports which were already covered under the sports are badminton (6 years and above), conditioning (6 years and above), cricket (8 to 14 years), lawn tennis (6 years and above), swimming (4 years and above) and table tennis (6 years and above) at a nominal fee of Rs 200 per month for children under 16 years and Rs 300 per month for children above 16 years.

Mr Ranawat said that five per cent concession, on normal rates, would be available on quarterly membership, 10 per cent for half-yearly membership and 15 per cent discount on yearly membership passes.

He said that these training programmes of the institute are proving quite beneficial to the sportspersons residing in and around Patiala.

The Regional Director said the Summer Sports Coaching camp have also been a success at the institute. These camps are conducted to provide an opportunity to the talented boys and girls to train on standard playfields under the supervision of senior coaches.

This camp would be held from June one to 21 for boys and girls under 16 years in the sports disciplines of basketball, fencing, football, handball, lawn tennis and volleyball.

The campers would be provided coaching, sports equipment and ground facilities at a nominal fee of Rs 150 for all other disciplines except lawn tennis for which the fee would be Rs 300 per head. No boarding facilities would be available under this programme.

Trials would be held at the institute on May 25 and 26 for selecting the children for the camp.

Mr Ranawat further said that the six-week Certificate Course in sports coaching which is a regular annual feature would be held at the institute from May 17 to June 25 in the disciplines of fencing, hockey (men), hockey (women), swimming, wushu and yoga. This residential course is meant for the physical education teachers and others having flare for sports.


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