Kerala is a land of many ancient ritualistic games like Kalarippayattu which can be roughly translated as battlefield exercise. Kerala have adopted many games and excelled in it. ‘HOOPS’ is the grass root level basketball programme, an initiative by the government of Kerala and implementing through Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs. The program is implementing in schools across the state to transform the budding talents to international standards and KinderSports is very proud to be associated with this program & the launch.
This programme was launched by Shri. E. P. Jayarajan, Minister for Industries, Commerce, Sports and Youth Affairs and Dr. A. Jayathilak, IAS Principal Secretary, Shri Gimmy George, Director Sports IAS.
The curriculum was published by renowned basketball player Arjuna Awardee Geethu Anne Jose. Website for Hoops program was also launched during the event.
‘HOOPS’ would be a great first step in moving towards India’s participation in FIBA at a higher level.
The programme would be structured in a way that ensures the overall growth of kids in all the aspects related to basketball which in turn will enable them to participate in ISBL, junior men and women’s tournament, Federation Cup etc.
In the 1st phase of ‘HOOPS’ would start in FY 2019-20 in 5 districts of Kerala, viz Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Kannur in 10 schools.
This will enable KinderSports, the implementing agency, to train and develop not less than 1,200 students.
The 2nd phase of this programme will be implemented in the next financial year and there will be a summer coaching for highly talented players in the months of April-May in the coming financial years.
Click here for more details – www.sportskeralahoops.in