Branded attire for hockey rookies

Cadets of Naval Tata Hockey Academy will soon get branded formals for attending parties and social gatherings in the city and outside.

By Jayesh Thaker in Jamshedpur
  • Published 16.10.17
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Jamshedpur: Cadets of Naval Tata Hockey Academy will soon get branded formals for attending parties and social gatherings in the city and outside.

The 26 cadets from Khunti, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan who joined the cradle on July 13, became members of the elite Tube Makers Club at Nildih recently. Besides sweating it out at the training sessions conducted by local and Dutch mentors at the Indian Steel and Wire Products Sports Complex near Telco township, the boys are also pursuing their studies at Ramakrishna Mission School here.

"The formal attire will be shortly stitched and handed over to the boys. They come from humble background and have never lived in a city. It is necessary to tune them to urban lifestyle since they will be taking part in training camps and playing matches at outstation venues," hockey academy administrator Govind Madhav Sharan said.

He added that the cadets, all aged between 12 and 14 years, could get used to club culture only if they became members of one. "The boys watch movies, use gym and are also into swimming. They felt a bit awkward in the beginning but are steadily adjusting to the new environment," Sharan said.

The cadets will be groomed extensively so that they can interact freely with players and coaches across the country.

The cadets are also learning etiquette, table manners and spoken English as part of urban life skills. Sons of farmers and daily wagers, most have not even boarded trains.

Anup Swansi, a tribal hockey coach from Khunti, is currently helping out the boys since he had worked with them during their selection trials.

The cadets have been temporarily put up at a hostel at Nildih and would be shifted to the residential wing of the sports complex once it was ready.

Sem Munda, a trainee from Khunti, said he had never been to a gym or gone to a swimming pool. "Yaha toh sab kuch alag lagta hain. Par achha lag raha hain. Mehnat karna hai aur achha khelna hai (Everything is different here. I am feeling good. Want to work hard and play well)." His mates spoke on similar lines but some of them said they were missing home.