The Sports School: All You Need to Know about India’s First School That Integrates Sports and Academics
The Sports School is the first and only institution in India that integrates sports and academics to contribute to the overall development of our students into well-rounded professionals in the world of sports. The Sports School offers an educational curriculum that, instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 1 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence. It was established with the vision to inspire young sports enthusiasts and support professional athletes to pursue their passion without having to let go of academic education.
Found in 2019, The Sports School is a Kalpen Ventures initiative, in association with Jain Group Of Institutions(JGI), a 28-year-old educational conglomerate, aims for a holistic approach to educate and guide students. JGI’s alumni include over 10+ Arjuna, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan Awardees and 300+ sportsperson of International and National repute.
The emergence of Indian athletes in several different sports has solidified the notion that sports are no longer an extracurricular activity. Instead, it is a viable career option for those who want to pursue their passion of being a sports professional. Despite this significant paradigm shift happening in the country, parents still face the difficult decision of letting their children pursue a career in sports as the traditional education system is not flexible enough to balance both sports and academics. This ultimately takes a toll on either their academic qualifications or force them to quit their sporting dreams altogether.
The Sports School’s innovative programs are designed to equip the students with tools that support them in becoming well-rounded professionals in the world of Sports, by putting equal emphasis on both Sports and Academics. The comprehensive yet intricate curriculum doesn’t adhere to the popular opinion that sports and academics are two different ends of the spectrum. Instead, it has been weaved in a manner that both young sports enthusiasts and professional athletes get to pursue a career in sports with the best possible training and mentorship while getting academically qualified at the same time.
Sports that are currently offered to the students at The Sports School are Football, Basketball, Cricket, Badminton, and Tennis. All the sports have varied program structures along with a potential career path that students are encouraged to take up if they want to build a stable career in their sport. Students are mentored, coached, and trained by some of the most esteemed and globally acclaimed athletes to get the best possible knowledge and skills. The Sports School strives to provide students with a unique development opportunity through exposure to established coaches with proven training techniques and focus on every nuance of the game.
Sports Partners at The Sports School include associations with renowned athletes and clubs, namely:
- Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy
- The Sports School Badminton Academy with Chief Mentor Pullela Gopicand
- The Sports School Football Academy with Bengaluru FC
- The Sports School Cricket Academy with CCE, & Chief Mentor Robin Uthappa
- The Sports School Basketball Academy
The Programs offered while training differs as per the experience and skill set of the student. For young and aspiring sports enthusiasts under our wing, we help nurture them and support their ambitions by providing them with an innovative amalgamation of an educational curriculum running parallel to professional sports mentorship. For professional athletes, we offer programs that combine both academics and sports training to pursue academic qualifications while freely pursuing their sports career and training under the best possible conditions.
Academics at The Sports School is on par with the sports training facilities, if not better. The comprehensive and integrated curriculum is a developmentally-based progression that depends on students mastering new skills before advancing to the next level. It’s directly dependent on his or her proficiency at essential skills because self-paced learning leads to active blended learning. Our child-centric approach is innovative as well as realistic through the implementation of varied strategies to actively remove barriers and build bridges for the success of every learner. We create lifelong learners who can balance sports as well as academics with equal proficiency.
The Sports School campus is spread over 25 acres and features a remarkably functional design, comfortable user facilities, and the ability to expand per needs. Facilities like International standard 65m natural turf Cricket ground, FIBA standard Basketball courts, stadium court with seating/viewing capacity for about 200 people, etc. are at the heart of The Sports School. In addition to that, the infrastructure is equipped with all the requirements to host national and international level sporting events. The world-class infrastructure and amenities include unbeatable installations that are exclusively designed to optimize the intellectual, personal, and social development of young and professional sportspeople.
One mission that The Sports School aspires to accomplish is that of raising the competitive level amongst the athletes and leading the path in sporting innovation while grooming and supporting their overall professional development. Pioneering a structural change where academic learning and sports can run simultaneously with absolute efficiency, The Sports School strives to provide the country with sportspeople who make a mark in their game at a global level.