FIELD HOCKEY PROJECT OF EASTERN  INDIA

SHAKTI VAHINI        MIDDLEBURY       US CONSULATE KOLKATA

The U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata and the New Delhi–based non-governmental organization Shakti Vahini implemented the project, which kicked off on November 26, 2018 to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign. Other project partners include the Jharkhand Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Jharkhand Police, South Eastern Railway Ranchi Division, and the District Hockey Federation.

 

 

Program Goals:

  1. Promote the empowerment of women and girls
  2. Foster youth leadership and development
  3. Strengthen resilience against violence and/or extremism and threats of trafficking
  4. Increase English education and academic opportunities for vulnerable and at-risk youth

Participants were recruited from the following 6 districts:

Simdega, Gumla, Khunti, Ranchi, Lohardagga, and Chaibasa

 

 

Pre-Training Camp Phase

  1. The first step to initiate the Sports Envoy Project was to reach out to the Sports Department of the Government of Jharkhand
  2. The organization met the then Director of the Department of Sports Mr Manish Ranjan IAS who promised all support for the event from the Department of Sports, Government of Jharkhand.
  3. The organizing team also met Officials of Hockey Jharkhand to take their help and support for connecting us to the various District Federations.
  4. Hockey Jharkhand Promised all the support and they helped us to connect with various coach and Olympian players.
  5. A meeting was organised with Hockey Jharkhand and US Consulate Kolkata team which visited Ranchi.
  6. The Organisers also met the various District Magistrates and Superintendent of Police for their help and support as they are the chief patrons of all the District Sports Association.
  7. The organisers got good response from District administrations from all the hockey playing districts namely Khunti, Gumla, Simdega, Chaibasa, Singhbhum etc.
  8. Several rounds of meetings were held with district sports association to explain the format for the training camp and the level of players required.


Selection Process

  1. The organisers conveyed to the district administration that the selected students should be from various far flung villages and the most deserving candidates should be given the opportunity.
  2. Various list of probable students were selected by district administration and submitted to Shakti Vahini
  3. Programme coordinator of the project reached out to the district administration and organised one round of meeting with probable students in each district.
  4. The team also visited the villages of selected participants and met their parents.
  5. In collaboration and support of the district administration selection rounds were organised in Ranchi, Khunti, Simdega, Gumla & Chaibasa in which a select team of District administration, Shakti Vahini and District Coach selected the probable candidates.
  6. Police department of Simdega District and Khunti  also supported in the training process.
  7. A second round of selection was also organised in each district
  8. A final list of students was finalised by 20th November

Planning for the Training Camp

  1. As per the orders of the Jharkhand Sports department we had been allocated the Mohrabadi Hockey stadium but due to a national level selection camp the venue had to be shifted to SERSA Railway Astro Turf Hockey Stadium at Hatia.
  2. The Shakti Vahini team met the Divisional Railway manager of Ranchi Division to take the full help and support of the South eastern Railways. This was a very crucial decision as railways had a pool of coaches and Olympian hockey players who could add value to the training camp.
  3. The Railways carried out cleaning and strengthening various facilities at the Stadium.
  4. A western Bathroom was setup for the Trainer’s room.
  5. The organization reached out to the Sports Department to arrange for Lodging facilities for the training camp inmates.
  6. The Jharkhand Government provided free of cost lodging facilities for Students at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Ranchi. The Sports department also provided 6 Guest room for various guests.
  7. Various local educational institutions were also contacted for their help and support.
  8. Medical authorities were also informed for any emergency assistance. A medical team was provided at the stadium.
  9. Two rounds of Skype discussions were also held with Middlebury team from the United States.
  10. Profile of all participants were created,
  11. A meeting was organised with all the Ex Olympians at SERSA Stadium.
  12. Various civil society organization who could provide motivational classes for the trainee students were contacted.

Social Media Campaign

  1. Various clippings of selection rounds were posted in the social media. Interviews of students /players was also posted om social media
  2. Students of Ranchi University communication department were requested to prepare a music video for the Training Camp.
  3. The Music video was widely shared in all social media platform.
  4. The pre training social media campaign was organised to ensure wide publicity of the programme.
  5. For social media campaign Instagram, Facebook & Twitter was used

Special Camp

Simdega Police under the leadership of Superintendent of Police organised a pre departure camp at Simdega. The Superintendent of Police was personally present to motivate the girls.

Training Camp

  1. A seven-member Sports Envoy delegation from Middlebury College in Vermont, U.S.A. travelled to Ranchi, Jharkhand to implement a Women’s Field Hockey and Leadership camp from November 26, 2018 to December 1, 2018 for 106 tribal girls from six districts of Jharkhand.
  2. The Project team organised a warm welcome for the Vermont team coming from United States. Tribal Dances were organised at the Airport in their honour.
  3. The Stay for the Middlebury Team was organised at Hotel Radisson and two vehicles were provided to them for their travel.
  4. A briefing meeting was organised at the Birsa Munda Stadium in the evening where the Middlebury Team met all the trainee students.
  5. The final schedule was prepared in consultation with Middlebury Team
  6. Efforts were made to make it a learning experience for the students/ trainees / players. In the evening motivational classes and issues related to Human trafficking, Gender Based Violence, Gender issues were discussed.

SCHEDULE OF THE SPORTS ENVOY TRAINING CAMP HELD AT RANCHI DERSA STADIUM HATIA

26TH Nov

 

27TH Nov

 

28TH Nov

 

29th Nov

 

30 Nov

 

01 Dec

 

02 Dec

 

Breakfast Khel Gaon

7AM

Breakfast Khel Gaon

7AM

Breakfast Khel Gaon

7AM

Breakfast Khel Gaon

7AM

Breakfast Khel Gaon

7AM

 

Breakfast Khel Gaon
SERSA HOCKEY STADIUM PLAYERS TO ARRIVE AT 8.30 AM

 Training Camp to Start from 9 AM TO  11AM

 

Participants Depart
Tea

11AM-11.30AM

Tea

11AM-11.30AM

Tea

11AM-11.30 AM

Tea

11AM-11.30 AM

FINAL MATCH TO START AT 11AM
Lunch

1 PM -2PM

Lunch

1 PM-2PM

Lunch

1 PM-2PM

Lunch

1PM-2PM

Lunch

1PM-2PM

Participants Arrive PLAYERS TO RETURN FOR KHEL GAON  KHEL GAON AT 4 PM

 

Tea

Khel Gaon

Tea 5.30PM

Khel Gaon

Tea 5.30PM

Khel Gaon

Tea 5.30PM

Khel Gaon

Tea 5.30PM

Khel Gaon

 
Evening Programme

6 PM-8PM

Evening Programme

6 PM-8PM

Evening Programme

6 PM-8PM

Evening Programme

6 PM-8PM

 

HIGH TEA AND STORY TELLING PROGRAMME (in front of select audience)  
Dinner 8 PM

Khel Gaon

Dinner 8 PM

Khel Gaon

Dinner  8 PM

Khel Gaon

Dinner 8 PM

Khel Gaon

Dinner 8 PM

Khel Gaon

Dinner 8 PM

Khel Gaon FOR participants

 

 

 SKILL LEARNINGS

The young players enjoyed a lot as everyday during the training camp they learnt motivational, hockey, group work, communication. the intensive training camp Included the following:

Controlling the Ball.

  1. Knowing how to control the ball.
  2. Moving the ball in order to get it to where it needs to go.
  3. Dribble or carry the ball.
  4. Control exercises.

 Shooting the Ball.

  1. How, where, and when to shoot the ball.
  2. Being a confident player

Positioning on the Field.

  1. Being at the right spot and taking decisions as per the position

Passing to Teammates and Receiving.

  1. Passing the ball.
  2. Being a team player
  3. Getting the ball to the rest of team
  4. Receiving the ball
  5. Passing at the right time
  6. Listening to teammates

Strategies of the Game.

  1. Learning game strategies
  2. Playing in special situations

 Communicating with Teammates.

  1. Properly communicating.
  2. What to communicate and when and how it should be communicated

 Goalie Skills.

  1. Clearing the ball
  2. Diving
  3. Angles
  4. Foot and glove work
  5. Recovery
  6. Communication
  7. Recovery
  8. Kicking and jabbing

Attitude

  1. Having a good attitude, patience, and a desire to learn

Evening Programmes

During the training Camp the following subjects were discussed with the participants. Resource persons for these were subject experts:

  1. Human Trafficking in Jharkhand
  2. Identifying traffickers and alerting families
  3. Gender Based Violence
  4. Gender Issues
  5. Good touch Bad touch
  6. Sexual offences against children
  7. Various Helplines & Safety Mechanisms like Childline

 

Fun and Cultural programme

The entire training camp was filled with fun, songs and dances. The coach took efforts to ensure that a team spirit was created, and players enjoyed the camp and were at ease. On the last day the children presented cultural programmes which made the training camp a memorable experience.

SELECTION FOR THE FINAL MATCH

 On 1st December 2018 the Coach of Middlebury Team Katherine De Lorenzo and her team selected 24 Players from 2 Trial matches . these 24 Players were selected to play a final match.

The Schedule of the Final match was as follows:

FIELD HOCKEY PROJECT OF EASTERN INDIA

December 01, 2018 ,South Eastern Railway Hockey Stadium ,Hatia

  1. Savitri Purthi , Former National Hockey Player & Former Selector
  2. Asunta Lakra, Ex Captain National Hockey
  3. Vishwasi Purthi , Former International Player,Bronze Medallist Asian Games
  4. Sumrai Tete , Former Captain
  5. Subhadra Pradhan, Former National Captain
  6. Alma Guria,
  7. Marita Tirkey
  8. Sarita Lakra
  9. Adelaine Kerketta
  10. Masira Surin

Guest of Honour

Jay Treloar, Dy Director, American Centre, Kolkatta

Shri VK Gupta, DRM, SER , Ranchi Division, Guest of Honour

Smt Asha Lakra, Honourable Mayor , Ranchi

Chief Guest , Shri. Chandreshwar Prasad Singh

Honourable Urban Development, Housing, Registration, Disaster Management

Government of Jharkhand,

Ms Arati Kujur – Chairperson , Jharkhand State Commission for Protection Of Child Rights for Her Exemplary Contribution to Comatting Human Trafficking and working on Child Rights

Impact on the girls

  1. The girls truly realized the importance of this workshop when they witnessed tremendous improvement in their hockey skills at the end of the workshop.
  2. They went away with good hockey skills, better confidence and more awareness.
  3. This could be possible not only because of the morning drills but the evening motivation sessions that were held every day post the physical training at the field. the first day’s evening session was an introductory session in which the 7 Middlebury coaches made an initial connection with the girls by introducing themselves, narrating brief stories about themselves, motivating them and clicking photographs with them.
  4. The next session required the tribal girls to narrate their stories which spread empathy and inspiration. The following evening sessions included lectures of human trafficking and other gender-based crimes.
  5. Documentaries were screened to make the session more engaging. One evening session included a cultural programme in which a number of participants came forward to perform various dance forms with utmost confidence. The coaches also performed an impromptu dance which made the participants feel great.
  6. The last evening session involved speeches from various anti TIP heroes and a wonderful theatre play by Performative Storytellers Group Kolkata that revolved around the topic of female suppression and empowerment. The young Girls were delighted to be witness the play. They said that it has motivated them to do some community work in their schools.
  7. All the participants were gifted small tokens from the Middlebury team as goodbye goodies.
  8. Throughout daily workshops, drills, scrimmages, seminar groups and time spent off the field, the coaches focused on giving the young women tools and skills they could take with them beyond the camp and pass on to their peers.

 Additional Funding Support:

FHI360 a State Department supported programmes provide Funds for Hockey Sticks, Vests, Playing Materials, Track Suits, Shoes etc. Middlebury team arranged the Shoes from New Balance USA at a reduced charge. Stadium charges were also paid through the additional funding support.

 

 

 

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