Sport as a companion to curricular education is often overlooked, even as it augments the work being done in the classroom, when conducted in a focused manner, by a trained team. The National Curriculum Framework states that one barrier towards student comfort in school spaces is “depriv[ing] older children of play/sports time, and encourage[ing] girls to opt out” and “those who choose to excel in games and sports need to be provided adequate opportunities.” Football provides a focused outlet for the proclivities and latent talent of youth, as well as providing an outlet for young women to pursue sport as a challenge to prevailing gender norms. Furthermore, “participation of all children in…sports activities is essential for their psycho-social development.” The NCF defines sports as a key example of “knowledge in practice”, an essential component of youth development. Sports for Development focuses on embedding life-skills education (specifically using the Olympic Values Education [OVEP] framework) in football sessions. Goal of Life and Sports for Change are Kutumb’s Sports for Development programmes. Over the years, Kutumb’s work on this theme has been supported by Public Affairs Section of Department of State, U.S. Embassy, Toyota Financial Services, and scores of individual donors.
This video highlights the Sports for Change Noida Qualifier held in August 2019.
This video shows a friendly match between The Kutumb Foundation and OAFA Academy.