Game-changer! Delhi Sports School all set to take off, to groom upcoming talent

August 5, 2023



Young sporting talent from across the country will soon find a grooming ground in the city. The first session of the state government’s Delhi Sports School (DSS) is likely to begin in a few weeks.

Officials said the trials of applicants had been completed and the final admission process would begin soon after conducting the medical tests of the shortlisted candidates.

Education minister Atishi said in a statement, “CM Arvind Kejriwal will be inaugurating Delhi Sports School very soon. With this school, the Kejriwal government will support and develop young sports talents, enabling them to compete in global events by offering top-notch facilities. The CM envisions transforming Delhi into the country’s sports capital. Delhi Sports School and the upcoming Delhi Sports University will be pivotal in achieving this goal.”

According to officials, more than 15,000 aspiring sportspersons from seven states registered for admission to classes VI-IX at DSS. While 5,000 boys and girls tested in the first stage, 800 were shortlisted and sent for trials in the second stage.

DSS will serve as the specialised feeder institution for Delhi Sports University and the students passing out from the school would be encouraged to continue their further training and education at the university. The school will provide professional training facilities for 10 identified Olympic sports: archery, athletics, badminton, shooting, weightlifting, wrestling, boxing, swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis.

Olympics medallist, weightlifter Karnam Malleswari, who has been roped in as vice- chancellor of Delhi Sports University by the AAP government, recently gave a presentation on the two institutions to lieutenant governor VK Saxena. The LG asked the university officials to ensure that all basic facilities, such as medical rooms, hostels and mess, were in place before the students arrived for the first academic session.

“Students from villages and towns of several Indian states, some of whom would probably be coming to a big city for the first time in their life, will come and stay in the hostel. Their parents would also be coming to drop their young kids here. The LG told the officials that the parents should feel reassured that their children are in the right place and will get all amenities and facilities,” said an official from the LG’s secretariat.

The official added, “The LG also asked the university officials to learn from the experiences of Navodaya and Sainik Schools, which had the expertise to run big residential schools.”

Delhi government’s Directorate of Education has identified Shaheed Amir Chand Vidyalaya at Ludlow Castle, Sham Nath Marg, as the sports school. A state government official said the aim behind setting up the sports university and school was to provide youngsters with excellent sports facilities and world-class training so they could win medals for the country at the international level.

Students enrolled in DSS will be trained under specialised coaches and will be assessed continuously on their sports training and performance. Officials said the school will be bringing in former international athletes and acclaimed coaches to provide the best training to students.

Apart from sporting facilities, the school will have a sports science centre and an athlete monitoring system to enhance sports performance through scientific means.

The school has also entered into international partnerships. While a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the University of East London for student and staff exchange between DSS and Elite Talent Pathway Programme Curriculum Development, the Manchester Metropolitan University will help in the development of a sports science centre and capacity building of sports science staff. GPM, a Norwegian company, will provide software solutions and athlete monitoring systems and facilitate capacity building of coaches and curriculum development.