Students try their hand at painting at DPS, Ranchi, on Thursday. (Hardeep Singh)
Schoolchildren in Ranchi are using their summer break to hone skills on the canvas and on the field.
Special camps in the capital are training them in a host of sports disciplines like football, basketball, cricket, table tennis and badminton. For those with a creative bent of mind, painting is the calling.
Around 400 students of Classes VI to IX are taking part in a six-day camp at Delhi Public School, which kicked off on May 12. “Some 49 children are playing basketball. We are training them in two courts on campus. Football, cricket and table tennis have found 30-40 takers each,” said camp in-charge Jaya Prasad.
She added that the enthusiasm was overwhelming. “This year, most students are devoting time to learn finer nuances of various games.”
Fourth grader Varanya Prasad said basketball practice at the camp was helping her fine-tune her skills. “I love playing the game and am practising two hours daily.”
As their canvas mentor, the DPS students have well-known artist Vinod Ranjan. “We are holding sessions on acrylic painting. During routine classes, children get 40 minutes to practise. Here, they have two hours of leisure,” he said.
A 15-day summer camp organised by the state art and culture department also kicked off at the mega sports complex in Hotwar on Thursday.
The camp, under sports director Dadan Choubey, is witnessing participation of 150 children and youth in football, badminton, kabaddi, cycling, table tennis and lawn tennis. National-level coaches Arshad Khan and Rajkumar Bhatt have been roped in.
Ranchi District Kabaddi Association will host another 10-day camp from May 19 to May 28 at Jaipal Singh Stadium. “Kabaddi is an all-time favourite in rural Jharkhand, but we are trying to promote it in urban areas too. Many players are unable to compete at the national-level owing to lack of basic training,” an official said, adding that the sessions would be held from 6am-8am.
The district badminton outfit will train youngsters from May 23 to June 1 at RIMS indoor stadium.
Camp in-charge N.K. Dey said participants would be trained in the basics of the game from 5.30am to 8.30am. “We will charge Rs 300 per head as fee. Players will be get T-shirts and shuttlecocks. Two coaches and two physical trainers will help the participants hone their skills,” he said, adding that the training was aimed at promoting badminton in Ranchi.