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Taking passion to new heights

Call him a wonder boy or a teenager from next door, Vir Chopra — an 18-year-old from south Delhi’s Greater Kailash — has taken his passion for football to new heights. Not satisfied with just playing the game, Chopra is also mentoring and coaching those who could not have gone beyond being a mere spectator.

The young boy has successfully engaged the underprivileged children and trained them in leadership, teamwork and self-discipline through teaching and conducting football sessions.

He manages as well as trains a large group of children who attend the Goal of Life (football) classes. He has been a part of this activity for the last four years.

‘My mother has been actively involved with the Kutumb Foundation since 2002. I joined her in 2008 and have been coaching students in various vocational ctivities including football,’ points out the student of Vasant Valley School.

‘We conduct our classes at Modern School, Humayun Road in two slots. The morning slot starts at 9.30 am and goes on till 11.30 and the evening session is from 4 pm to 6 pm. There are around 40 to 60 students per batch and in total there are around 120,’ affirms Vir.

Earlier in the month of April, Kutumb Foundation organised a football tournament for the underprivileged students where more than 100 students participated. Called the Goal of Life tournament, Vir Chopra organised and trained the players. He conducted workshops for the teams where they got to know each other through ice-breakers and creative games. They discussed SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunities and threats) analysis so that each team can practise their strategy and hound on their skills throughout the tournament.

‘My father too contributed by arranging specific team jerseys for the students and we even distributed prizes to the winning team,’ he said. The tournament took place from 17-21 April.

‘There were initial apprehensions from the parents of these children but after they looked at our body of work they were assured. The parents of girls objected more,’ Vir added.

When he is not in school, Vir spends hours with the underprivileged children and gives motivational talks and personally takes interest in developing the skills of the children. This kind of dedication and passion at such a young age is truly motivational.
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