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Sisodia inaugurates first tennis academy in Delhi govt schools

Sisodia inaugurates first tennis academy in Delhi govt schools

NEW DELHI: Delhi government schools for the first time got a tennis academy and total five tennis courts. The Delhi government is planning to transform the whole sports system in the city and to teach high standard sports to the Delhi school students.

"Inaugurated 1st Tennis academy and 5 tennis Courts in Delhi government schools in Punjabi Bagh. Former international tennis player Puneet Rawat and his team of coaches will coach players from government and private schools from nearby areas," tweeted Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

An official said that the initiative's success can be gauged from the fact that within one week of its beginning, more than 170 students have enrolled from Delhi Government schools from surrounding areas, 120 being from the same school. This comes under the innovative policy of Delhi Govt which allowed and invited private academies to use the premises of Delhi government schools for free, commercially, on the condition that they will have to ensure that half of all the enrollments will have to be from Delhi Govt schools and no fees will be charged by these students.

The policy saw a very enthusiastic response from many organizations which claim expertise in sports training as well as teaching art and cultural activities to kids.

"The Education Minister insisted that there should be no difference in the quality of training, and instructed the academy to ensure that there is no segregation, no partiality between the students from surrounding areas who are paying and the students of Delhi Govt Schools. He also asked the MLA and the school principal to explore the possibilities of organizing inter-school tournaments, once the students are comfortable with the game," said official.

The official added that the government has come up with an elaborate Sports Policy for both budding sportspersons as well as those who have succeeded at national, international and state level. "The first policy – 'Play & Progress Scheme', benefits the talent in sports at school level. Under 14 years students can get Rs 2 lakh per annum directly from the Delhi Govt and students in 14-17 yrs bracket can get Rs 3 lakh per annum, the quantum of assistance may be enhanced by 20% subject to approval from the government," said

an official.

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