The district sports department has organised summer camp which is being conducted at Anna stadium, Trichy. The ongoing summer camp have witnessed many school students enrolling in swimming and athletics particularly.
More than 350 school students – under the age of 16 – are taking part in the camp, in which they are being offered coaching sessions in 11 different sports including football, badminton, athletics, tennis, basketball, swimming, boxing and martial arts.
The summer camp, which started on April 26, swimming and athletics have become the most-sought items due to the fact that they are individual sports and secondly due to the health benefits. Parents enrol their children in individual events because it improves their chances of turning professionals and clinching medals, said athletics coach GnanaSuganthi. Further she added that, “The turn out for this year’s summer camp is more than that of the previous year and for athletics especially, it has been overwhelming, and still the enrolment is continuing”.
Parents are more encouraging factor for their children as they wish their children learn an extra-curricular activity and even it may provide a platform to become sports professionals in future. Swimming, which is taught in two batches – age group of 8 to 13 and age group of 14 to 16, has seen an enrolment of more than 70 mainly because of its health benefits.