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Pro Sport Development's workshop with PRIA was a tremendous success


Pro Sport Development's workshop with PRIA was a tremendous success

Pro Sport Development’s director-founder, Suheil Tandon, delivered a sports workshop with close to forty young girls between 12 to 20 years of age, as part of the Kadam Badhao campaign initiated by PRIA in the north Indian state of Haryana.

PRIA, an international centre for the promotion of citizen participation and democratic governance, initiated its Kadam Badhao campaign in the district of Sonepat, Haryana, India, earlier this year. This youth-led campaign seeks to empower young girls by forming youth groups to address the growing incidences of violence against women. A growing issue that emerged among these youth groups was the inaccessibility and reluctance of girls to participate in sporting activities.

This led to the organisation of a sports workshop led by the director-founder of Pro Sport Development, Suheil Tandon, in partnership with PRIA’s Kadam Badhao team led by Nandita Bhatt. The workshop focused on discussing issues relating to the non-participation of young girls in sport in Sonepat, and how to address these, gauging the interest of these girls in different sporting disciplines as well as engaging them in structured sporting activities. These activities included traditional Indian games like kho-kho and kabaddi, as well as football, dodgeball and cycling.

The workshop was a resounding success, with many of the girls playing certain sports for the first time ever. For several others, it was a rare opportunity to have the sporting field and equipment all for themselves, rather than being mere bystanders to male dominated playfields.

With these girls eager to make sport a regular activity in their daily lives, the workshop may serve as a stepping stone to start a structured and regular sports programme for the girls in Sonepat, with access to playgrounds and coaches. Such a programme will aid in defeating gender stereotypes and female discrimination, visible through the lack of provision of sport for females in Haryana. 

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Vivek Ramanarayanan


Monday, October 6, 2014 - 23:00