SHILLONG: Touchline NE recently organized the Puja sports camp which took place over the break. There was a great response in both the basketball camp and the football camp which saw many kids take part in the activities. The grassroots programme saw both boys and girls take part in the camps with more girls enrolled in the basketball clinic which was held in St. Anthony’s College.
The Young Dribblers initiative saw about 40 children take part with their parents in the touchline equally as enthusiastic as their children. Speaking to a few of the parents, they expressed how the Puja Camp was a great initiative and how it was so refreshing to bring their children to the camp. It not only channelled their energy into something positive but is also something different from their usual family outings. Cherry Kordor, the basketball coach for the St. Anthony’s College girls’ team was also at the camp with her young son who was impatiently waiting since 7 am to get to the camp which started at 11 am.
The last day of the camp saw the first ever Friendship Cup Tournament which saw the Touchline kids take on the kids of Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied at St. Edmund’s School which was held early in the morning. The rest of the activities took place at Shillong Public School where the kids received their participation certificates.
A parent who came all the way from Guwahati, Lambert Hynniewta spoke on how during his time there was no such initiative and he was very happy that such an initiative has been taken by the Touchline team who he hopes will also make their way to Guwahati where his children could take part in their annual camp.
The Touchline team were extremely creative and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the activities. They formed teams named after popular football clubs (Bayern Munich, Manchester United etc…) and the kids were overjoyed at playing for the “clubs.” Overall, the camp was a great success with all the kids not wanting it to end and eagerly anticipating the “Winter Camp.”