Model Sports Village, a novel initiative of IMT Ghaziabad & NGO ”Sports: A Way of Life” in its first year of operation successfully promoted sports literacy at a grass root level and is currently training over 300 youth.
Brainchild of Dr. Kanishka Pandey, India’s first Model Sports Village was started last year in January with a distinct objective to evolve sports culture and increase sports literacy in the twin villages Bahadarpur and KheriViran in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh. Speaking on completing one year of Model Sports Village, Dr. Kanishka Pandey, Head Sports Research Center – IMT Ghaziabad & President – Sports a way of Life said, “It has been an excellent evolving experience for us. The relentless efforts of our team has successfully augmented in motivating and instilling spirit of sports by making over 300 youth joining our training programme”.
Talking on the changes in the mindset of kids/parents towards sports, Dr. Kanishka elaborated that, “at the start of this initiative in January 2020 a survey was conducted and it showed that only 2 people out of 250 knew what Olympics is. Whereas an online/offline quiz organized later in the month of September revealed that 112 out of 130 people gave correct answers related to Olympics”.