Rural Development Trust

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Sports and Cultural Activities

Overall Goal of Sports and Cultural Sector

To bring out hidden talents among Dalith, Tribal and other poor rural community children in sports and cultural aspects that not only enhances their self-confidence, self-esteem and identity but also enables them to equally compete with children of privileged communities at district, state, national and international level

There is well-equipped Sports Centre with a cricket stadium, pavilions, a gymnasium, tennis courts and tracks of exceptional standard. There are 16 dormitories, each accommodating 10 sports persons.  In the rural areas also, talented students studying in local high schools are coached in Cricket, Hockey, Football, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho.

For more than 30 years, the organization has been highlighting the importance of cultural skills and imparting them to rural children especially belonging to Daliths, Tribes and poor communities who earlier never had such an exposure and opportunities.  In addition, cultural intervention is used as a means to raise levels of awareness on several socio-economic, health and developmental issues.

Sports :

  • There are 52 rural students undergoing training in Hockey Academy.  Academy boys secured first positions in J.F.H.A invitation tournament held at Bangalore during November 2012 and State level hockey tournament held at Hyderabad for students under 16 years.  At the AP level school games competition for under-17 years they secured first position.
  • 21 intellectually disabled children are undergoing intensive training to participate in the Asian Pacific Regional Games in Australia and Special Olympics during 2015 at Los Angeles.
  • Rafa Nadal Foundation is extending support to run Nadal Education Tennis (NET) Coaching Centre in Sports Centre Complex at the outskirts of Ananthapuram. 117 children comprised of 77 boys and 40 girls are receiving training in Tennis and Computers/English.
  • Rural cricket tournaments are conducted annually for the past 12 years.  During 2012 a total of 326 teams representing different high schools in RDT project area participated in Rural Cricket Tournament held at village level.  32 teams took part in the central level tournament wherein the cricket team from Kadiri defeated Gandlapenta and won 2nd time the championship.
  • There are education-cum-sports coaching centres located at Bhathalapalli and Atmakur providing coaching in various sports and games such as football, kabadi, cricket, kho-kho etc., to as many as 281 rural students comprised of 209 boys and 72.

Cultural

  • Children from 125 schools received special training and coaching in various cultural activities during 2012-13.
  • 74 rural students were trained in various musical instruments while another 183 students in classical dance in 2012-13.
  • 12 youth had successfully completed various musical courses namely vocal music (7), instrumental (4) and classical dance (1) while other 7-students are pursuing their diploma courses in vocal music (2), instrumental (4) and classical dance (1) during the year 2012-13.
  • 432 children pursuing their high school education in 12 Government Residential Schools were given cultural training during 2012-13.
  • A large contingent of children participated in “All India Cultural Competition” at CHILAKALURIPETA during 19-20th May 2012 and won first three places in various cultural events such as non-classical group dance (1,2 and 3 position), duet song (1 and 3 position), female solo song (1 and 3 position), male solo song (2nd position) and non-classical duet dance (2nd prize).

For more than 30 years, RDT has been highlighting the importance of cultural skills and imparting them to rural children especially belonging to Dalith, Tribes and poor communities who earlier never had such an exposure and opportunities.  In addition, cultural intervention is used as a means to raise levels of awareness on several socio-economic, health and developmental issues.