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Let the children learn to play | Arul Babu | Heroes of EduSports

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Starting with a gold medal in BPEd., I studied further to complete MPEd. and MPhil. My education was primarily focussed on how to give sports coaching. However, when I joined EduSports, I faced a major challenge in training the kids. All these professional sports courses had taught me how to train starting from kids studying in 6th standard and above. According to a national body that formulates the curriculum of such professional courses, a child is only fit for sports training from classes 8 and above. Thus, they give a two years’ buffer period for the child to learn the basics and officially start training from 6th standard onwards.

I have a major disagreement. In my opinion, unless the kids learn the basics of sports from the very beginning, they will not be able to excel in sports at a later stage. Elementary sports skills such as quick decision making, teamwork, motor skills etc. must be imparted to younger kids for a stronger sporting plinth. It was only after joining EduSports, that I learnt how to train kids from nursery to 5th standard. 

Having fallen in love with teaching now, I dream of coaching for the Tamil Nadu state team or the national team in Basketball.


(Arul Babu, Technical Lead, Madurai)

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