Bal Mitra Gram Sports Festival: Promoting Development through Sports Opportunities

Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

Participation in sports improves children’s educational attainment and skills development including empowerment, leadership and self-esteem – contributing to their overall well-being and future prospects (Participation in Sport Can Improve Children’s Learning and Skills Development, 2019).

Sports not only promotes children’s health and physical development; many empirical evidences suggest that sports can have a powerful impact on their overall education and life skills development. These evidences must be employed for enhanced opportunities for sports and should lead to more investments in sports especially for the most vulnerable children.

In this regard, Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) that aims for the protection of children at the grassroots by developing a child-centric community development strategy, organized the first sports festival at Domchanch block in Koderma district in Jharkhand.

15 children’s teams from different Bal Mitra villages participated in the festival. Many children from the Bal Mitra Gram actively participated in the festival. During the festival, kabaddi and football competitions for children were organized. All children were seemed very excited during the competition and displayed healthy sportsmanship spirits.

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