Dealing with Pre-Competition Anxiety

Athletes often find themselves in a tight spot right before a big game, and that is human nature. But, when these episodes of nervousness and anxiety are not managed efficiently, they take a toll on the game.

Pre-competition anxiety is an uneasy feeling, usually, tension and low concentration that an athlete experiences before an event. It is characterized by sweaty palms, sleep disturbance, agitation, and in some cases, a loss of appetite.

Anxiety is broadly classified into two types:

Trait anxiety: This is a chronic condition in which anxiety is a part of that person’s personality.
State anxiety: This is a temporary feeling of anxiety, which occurs due to an event or state.

Sportspersons usually suffer from state anxiety that occurs before a match, since they are put under a great deal of pressure, not only to win but also to be the best. This condition slowly leads to competitive state anxiety.

The unpredictability around sports is the major contributor to athletes’ anxiety and nervousness. It can be about the outcome of a particular match, their performance, and their opponents’ capabilities.

The magnitude of a match also plays a huge role. More significant the game, the higher the expectation, and hence, the higher the level of anxiety. From not being in form for a particular match to an entire season, anxiety can hamper an athlete’s career. All these factors hinder their performance, and they end up paying a hefty price.

So how to deal with such kind of pressure and not fall prey to anxiety?

Games can be very demanding, and it becomes crucial to channel your energy in your favor. To do so, athletes practice stress bursting techniques, and we’ve listed some of them here:

1. Mindful visualization

Many athletes practice visualization to enhance their performance and manage stress. For this method to work, close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing. Now imagine that you are competing against your opponent in a match, and create a winning situation. If you still feel tense, concentrate on your breathing, and calm your nerves down.

2. Relaxation techniques

A focused and calm mind always works in favor of an athlete. Some of the standard relaxation techniques are:

  • Five breath technique: This a simple yet effective method to control stress right before a match. This requires you to breathe deeply and evenly from your nose and exhale from your mouth. With the first breath, let your face and neck relax. With the second one, ease out your shoulders and arms. By the third breath, allow your chest, gut, and back to unwind, and with the final one, relax your whole body.
  • Centering: This technique is called centering as it concerns itself with the center of your body. Firmly fix your feet on the ground, and make sure they’re shoulder-width apart. Close your eyes and breath deeply. While inhaling, notice that a certain tension is created in your upper body, and it becomes much calmer with exhaling. Continue breathing heavily and concentrate your attention on the area immediately behind your naval. To make this process more efficient, emphasize the words that encapsulate the feelings and focus you desire.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: This technique has been proven extremely effective if you’re suffering from a social anxiety disorder. For this to work, find a calm place to lie down or sit in a chair. Ease out your muscles and close your eyes. Now, with each breath, concentrate on a set of muscles and let the rest of your body relax. While inhaling, tense those muscles for 5-10 seconds and loosen up as you exhale. Progressive muscle relaxation works wonders in games with breaks such as tennis, football, and basketball.
  • Yoga and meditation: Yoga and meditation can be remarkably helpful for stress management and dealing with anxiety. Practicing it daily can be beneficial for your physical and as well as your mental health. It can channel how a person reacts to stress and pressure and helps them work on their concentration.

3. Cognitive reconstruction

Cognitive reconstruction is a psychotherapeutic process that helps people identify and change their negative thinking patterns. It can help them reconstruct their views on competition and function more efficiently when it comes to pre-competition anxiety.

4. Focus on What is in Your Hands

We often try to control external factors and forget to focus on what is under our control. It is essential to work towards improving things we have a command on and learn the art of letting go. Every game has something in it for us. You either win, or you learn. Your attitude towards a specific situation helps you deal with it more carefully.

Our mind is our greatest weapon; it is up to us how we train it. If we understand its power, it can do wonders in our favor.

CBSE or PUC? Which is Better?

If you are a student who has just completed Class 10th or a parent, especially in Karnataka, it’s given that you’ve been or are going to pass through this dilemma where you must pick one between CBSE and PUC. For the longest time, we have heard how ‘crucial’ these two years are, and how our judgment today will mold our future. Hence, there is additional pressure while selecting a suitable board for Grade 11th and 12th.

The question isn’t which board is superior; the question is – which board will serve your purpose? There are several different opinions floating out there about how one exceeds the other – it can be in terms of subjects, combinations available, depth of their prescribed syllabus, etc. Still, the first step towards this process is understanding what will work best for us more than anything else. Let’s look at the two in a little more detail:

CBSE – Central Board of Secondary Education is a national level board of education controlled by the Union Government of India. This board revises its syllabus with the required changes to benefit students and conducts board exams for 10th and 12th standard students.

 

PUC – Pre-University Course is an intermediate course conducted by the state education board in India. It is a substitute for 11th and 12th standards under national-level boards. Every state has a different syllabus and exam pattern.

 

How do you know which one will work for you? Make an informed decision, list down your interests, and final goals, instead of resorting to what parents or friends select. 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) prescribes curriculum and textbooks designed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT). The state boards have a curriculum designed for the schools by the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT). The curriculum of both CBSE and the state boards several have commonalities and differences.

Particulars

CBSE

PUC

SyllabusDifferent curriculum than State Boards and differs in the level of difficulty as well.The state board’s syllabus for the subjects is not widely different from that of the CBSE.
LearningCBSE syllabus offers education in a more scientific method.State syllabus gives more importance to the practical implications of related subjects. State Boards syllabus in many states is much similar to CBSE & in some states, it’s more advanced than CBSE
Mode of InstructionMode of instruction followed in CBSE schools is English and HindiState board schools it is primarily English and then the regional languages

Note: Both CBSE or State Board certificates are valid for further studies in India or Abroad.

Marking systemCBSE exams are tougher hence the chance to score depreciates. The evaluation of CBSE board exams also is strict.In-State Board examinations, the respective state authorities control the evaluation which lets the student score better.
Other ActivitiesFlexibility for students to participate in extracurricular activities or sports tournaments is nearly identical in both CBSE & State Board. It depends on the respective institution’s intent to mold the academic structure in a way that it not only accommodates but also helps the students to improve their skills.

Choosing the right board can definitely be extremely important for your child, in the long run. However, it does not mean that that is the only thing that matters in the development of your child. Students’ career and future entirely depend on their hard work, school, teachers, and parents. It doesn’t really matter if they are on the state board or CBSE if they dedicatedly put in the work to achieve their goals.  


We at The Sports School understand you and your passion. Along with the best academic experience, we aim to strike a complete balance with professional sports training and elite academic prospects on the same campus. From Grade 4 to 10 and Grade 11 and 12, we are affiliated with CBSE and the Department of Pre-University Karnataka, respectively. We also aid sports aspirants and assist them in their journey towards a better future along with a certified degree in the course of their choice. So, be a part of our family if you are determined to seize an athlete’s limelight. 

Why Marks Don’t Matter to Build a Successful Career

In our society, children are brought up with the mindset that they must score high marks in order to succeed in life. Each parent has expectations that their kid will excel in his/her career, and at the base of those expectations are, according to many, scoring high marks. 

From childhood to 12th-grade board exams, kids have heard from teachers, parents, and media that they must work hard, and score above 90%. But the question is, does that guarantee a successful career? Are companies looking at your marks? 

While a good score in school might help you attend a good college, it still does not guarantee a successful career. What matters is what students do with the opportunities they are given and how they develop their skills. A student may cram and score in their final exams of school, but employers will always look at a person’s abilities rather than their marks when it comes to the real world. The way scores are evaluated in the current times is more often than not a reflection of the student’s ability to learn large amounts of text. They demonstrate subjective knowledge of a particular domain, and may or may not be evidence of an aptitude for the subject or the field. 

This is precisely why many college admission boards and companies have adopted aptitude based entrances, scrapping the practice of relying on marks as a sole indicator of a student’s potential. They take aptitude, general awareness, and softer aspects like communication skills and team coordination into account to gain a holistic picture of the student’s capabilities.

What are employers on the lookout for? 

  • Skills- The first thing that is essential to succeed in any career is your skillset. This can be developed through theoretical knowledge and on-the-job practical training. 
  • Learning Capacity- The corporate world is for hustlers, and of course, eagerness to continually learn is a crucial ability needed and desired. 
  • Communication Skills- Whether it is to talk to customers, clients, or heads of the company, communication skills are incredibly essential for anyone looking to have a successful career.
  • Ownership- You should be able to do your work well but to succeed in your career, you must be able to take ownership and responsibility.

These are not skills that our conventional educational system currently aims to teach, despite the demand for them in the job market. Employers want candidates with well-rounded personalities, people who are skilled at the work they do and possess the soft-skills to match it. Even the topper of a batch is not guaranteed a job if they don’t possess these qualities, however much excellence their academic record may display.

Usually, a person who has a lot of work experience will not even be able to recall their exact board percentage. It is because it doesn’t hold much importance to their lives or their career. Marks may seem like a life-and-death matter at the time, but they are very short-lived criteria of evaluation that would make way for other successes over the years.

Sure, primary education is essential, it helps people shape their lives and choose the right paths, but education is not the only prerequisite to walk on the road of success. We at The Sports School understand that the conventional norms of education are not what the country needs right now. Instead, it requires institutions that provide holistic development to students so that they can become well-rounded professionals, irrespective of their fields. 

The Sports School is the only institution in India that integrates sports and education to create the perfect training ground for champions of tomorrow. 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.

How to Balance Sports & Education While At Home

As the current pandemic situation around the world changing the way people live and limiting everyone’s capability to train outdoors, it’s especially hard on the students who have to balance their academics and sports training now while staying at home. It is important for them to balance both of their pursuits but in an environment different from what they are used to, which eventually leads to stress. Adults recognize the signs of stress and overscheduling and are able to control some of the competing variables, but what about children and their stressors? How does the student-athlete manage to achieve good grades and retain optimal performance on the playing field despite being stuck at home? 

Here are a few tips for balancing Sports and Studies while studying at home: 

 

  • Getting and staying organized:

 

Get organized is vital while at home and maintaining the organized structure on an everyday basis. Use a big desk calendar for school and sports. Write down all due dates for work and papers that your teachers ask during online classes. Write down all sport’s practices and games that your coaches ask you to follow every day. Every week revisit your calendar and make corrections.

 

  • Prioritize and plan:

 

Think about what is important to you and what interests you. If you have more interest in sports training, decide to give up on other activities later. You can simply finish your important work first like training and studies and then do other things if time is available. It will also help you to prioritize things from the beginning and instill a pattern of rewarding yourself when you stick to the schedule. 

 

  • Plan your week/month:

 

Take a look at your calendar and make a note of when you have projects due, tests scheduled, etc. Plan how you will study and when you will study along with your training at home. It is essential to stick to your plan religiously for efficiently balancing both sporting and academic pursuits. 

 

  • Do not procrastinate: 

 

It is imperative to do assignments and homework as soon as you get them, rather than waiting until the last minute. Poor planning and waiting until the last minute will result in missed practices or missed assignments that lead to poor skill development and lead to the piling of studies, which will increase the stress. Understandably, homework and training at home aren’t on top of the fun list, but poor planning and waiting until the last minute could yield negative results. 

 

  • Take advantage of the extra time and research about your Interests: 

 

Getting excited about certain parts of sports training and academics can be difficult. Look into books and other materials that will pique your interest in the subject. If you can be disciplined not to start surfing on the internet without any apparent motive, look for top athletes and other known names in the domains you have interest in to understand their mindset. 

 

  • Staying Safe indoors and maintaining your skillset:

 

It is impossible to ascertain as to when the situation will go back to normal or how life would be after a while. Staying indoors to keep yourself and those around you safe is of utmost importance. However, this does not mean that you can not maintain your skillset. Regular training and nutrition while focusing on academics, can significantly impact your overall personality. It’s better to stay ahead than to catch up.

Life’s demands never end. We only get better at dealing with the challenges that come along by learning from them. With more organization and time management, you will balance anything that life throws your way.  At The Sports School, we are committed to providing students with both academic and sports training opportunities. We are offering online classes and encouraging students to stay in touch with coaches and mentors for maintaining their skills. Our belief that It’s a lot easier to stay ahead than it is to play catches up makes us encourage our students to put in the extra effort and time to prevent them from falling behind.

Building a Career in Sports Management in India

Sports has the power to unite any community, and in a diverse country like India, it surely does. This is the case, not just with cricket but with several other sports like Football, Tennis, and Badminton, who are gaining popularity with each passing day. Sporting events, matches, players, and fans, are all affected by this world, even if they do not play any sport. 

Now people can enter and thrive in this world by representing their countries on the field and helping those who do. The sporting world is much more elaborate than just the players. There are several functions undertaken by people who love and understand the game but work behind the scene to organize matches, monitor team finances, negotiate contracts of athletes, etc. These people are Sports Managers, who have the responsibility to manage all aspects of the game, at all levels – from schools to colleges and from local, national to international standards.

Sports management offers roles for individuals in diverse areas and functionalities. According to the FICCI- International Institute of Sports Management knowledge report, there will be a sharp increase in the number of job opportunities in the sports sector by 2022. Moreover, India has been identified as the key player in the sports market and set to hold more international championships.

Why should Indian students consider Sports Management as a career?  

While India has a long connection with sports contribution at a national and global landscape, there is still a significant shortage of suitably qualified sports management professionals in the country. 

While Sports Management education around the globe has expanded to reflect the consistent growth within the sports industry, these education platforms are not wholly available around India. This ultimately creates an opportunity for students who are or are due to become suitably qualified sports management specialists to realize career aspirations within the sports industry. Arguably, this also creates an opportunity for higher education institutions to develop Sports Management degree programs that provide a professionalized pathway for Indian nationals into the fastest expanding global industry sector.  

 

What are the most sought after sports management career options? 

 

  • Sports Analysts- Several organizations are hiring people who can analyze sportspeople’s different trends and give their insights. Many media companies covering sports recruit analysts for live match analysis and analyze various sports clubs and sportspersons’ performances.

 

  • Sports Managers- Whether it is team management or selling sporting equipment, sports managers are people on the corporate side of sports, who enable athletes and players to perform their best.

 

  • Sports Marketers- If you like marketing and sports, this is the profession for you. Many companies involved in sports development, sports marketing, sporting event management recruit Sports Managers. 

 

  • Sports Event Coordinators- Love sporting events? From small district tournaments to international matches, sports event coordinators are needed for every organized sporting event. 

 

It is extremely vital to recognize that the sports sector has changed and now demands a significant amount from suitably qualified individuals. Therefore, now is the time for individuals to seek out undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Sports Management actively, not only to be part of the sports industry expansion.

At The Sports School, we understand the current need of the Indian Sporting Industry for well-rounded professionals. Our UG and PG courses include Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Sports Management and Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology With Specialization In Sports. That way, our students can learn the basics and have a strong foundation for a career in the Indian Sports Industry. 

 

Sports In India During and Post-COVID 19

It is no surprise that the Coronavirus Pandemic has also hit the sporting world. Who knew back in December last year that this is where we will end up? A situation where all popular sporting events will be canceled for months? For example, The most significant blow for Indian cricket fans was when the Indian Premier League (IPL) was canceled. 

As countries one after another went into lockdown, sports athletes and fans’ hopes have started falling. Every single person involved with some sporting activity or the other has been affected, ranging from playing in the neighborhood park to athletes competing in national and international competitions. Whether it is not heading out to the park to play, in fear of contracting the virus from other kids, or international sporting events being canceled, everyone has been affected. As the fact that this pandemic is here to stay for a long time started settling in, one thing is undoubted- sports in India will never be the same. 

Another challenge is dealing with the long-term impact of coronavirus, especially amidst competition involving several competitors. As we know, the sporting world has changed, and how we cope with these changes will define the future for this industry. The following areas are said to be impacted the most- 

Stadiums 

The idea of playing in front of an empty stadium is not something any athlete would have ever dream of, but here it is. And, it seems like the only safe and logical way to restart play. Even if the stadiums are opened up by the authorities, even die-hard fans of the sports will have severe apprehensions about going to the stadiums to watch games. 

Fan engagements

One of the most fun parts for any athlete is engaging with their fans, from autographs to interviews, to selfies. But that seems like a whole other time now. Players all over the world are finding new ways to stay connected with their fans, especially leveraging social media. From Instagram Live sessions to fun Q & A sessions, sportsmen worldwide are speaking with their fans. 

Player Training 

With everyone confined to their homes to stay safe, many ask if players will be able to perform when allowed to since their training has stopped. Several players have adopted new home training techniques and online monitoring, and sometimes they even give their fans a sneak peek (for example- Virat Kohli lifting weights). 

Even the most optimistic sports fans understand that until a vaccine is made and distributed to the masses, the sporting industry can’t return to its pre-COVID-19 status. The realistic fans understand that it is time to live with the utmost precautions, but all is not lost. 

In a recent conversation with BW Education, Dr. Sankar UV, Director at the Sports School, said, “Despite the fact that our way of playing sports and life, in general, are being affected, I believe that sports have a bright chance of picking up post the lockdown. There will certainly be the aspect of heightened safety protocols for the foreseeable future, and since the people of our country have become more conscious of their health, participating in sports to improve fitness will grow. Once sports resume, social distancing is going to be the new norm, and athletes will undoubtedly be more cautious of their well-being.

The current situation has also increased the awareness and importance of good health and overall fitness, which is The Sports School’s philosophy.”

Tennis Program at The Sports School

Tennis has always been a top international sport. In India, the game is extremely popular amongst sport enthusiasts of all ages. Nowadays, Tennis has also become a career option for many young sportspeople, thanks to the rise of prominent tennis players like Mahesh Bhupati, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna.  With such significant prospects at fore, one needs to take the right steps and train under the right guidance to kickstart a promising career in Tennis. 

The Sports School Tennis Academy with Rohan Bopanna brings a refreshing new dimension to tennis coaching in India. We, along with our sporting partner – The Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy, offer an innovative and balanced curriculum that puts equal emphasis on both fitness and sports skills. It consists of well-structured, varied level programs that are mapped on global best practices to give young talent the finest and integrated advanced-level tennis program in India.

Our team of International tennis coaches, along with highly trained Indian counterparts, and globally qualified fitness trainers, oversee each and every step of your journey to success. The tennis program at The Sports School offers well-structured programs at various levels – ranging from a beginner program mapped on global best practices to a High-Performance program that is designed to give young talent the finest, integrated advanced-level tennis program in India.

Specific details of the programs are mentioned below: 

Beginner 

  • Fitness
  • Fun Activities
  • Basic Tennis Skills
  • Mini Tennis Nets & Soft Balls

Intermediate 

  • Dedicated Hours of Tennis
  • Mental Toughness
  • Video Analysis
  • Advanced Training
  • Full court format

Advanced

  • Technique Enhancement
  • Fitness Development
  • Mental Fitness
  • Video Analysis
  • Nutrition Counselling

In order to be the best, one needs to train under the guidance of the best; hence, we have partnered with Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy to provide our students with preparation for the tennis of the future. Rohan Bopanna is one of the most prominent names in Indian Tennis. A global doubles phenomenon, Rohan has ranked as high as No.3 in the world; Olympic, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup team member for India; and a recognized Champion For Peace are titles that define his illustrious career. Rohan won the 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles title, 16 ATP Tour doubles titles, and has been consistently ranked within the Top 15 in the world.

People over the world play tennis as a great form of exercise and recreation. There are also many levels of professional play in tournaments across the globe, hence with the right training, your child can train to be fit and eventually build a career in this growing sport. At The Sports School Tennis Academy with Rohan Bopanna, we prepare players for the future of tennis, applying innovative training systems combined with the characteristics that are synonymous with successful Tennis players.  

History Of Football In India

While people today might consider Football to have been a popular sport in India during the past few years, it has been present and thrived since the mid-nineteenth century. First introduced by British soldiers, the games were initially played between army teams. Now, Football can be seen being played all across India, from streets to parks and stadiums. Fans of the sport watch their favorite teams play on the TV and often show their undying support. 

The trend of Football clubs came to the country soon, starting with Calcutta FC in 1872. Shortly after that, Calcutta became the hub of Indian Football. Tournaments like Gladstone Cup, Trades Cup, and Cooch Behar Cup were also started around this time. The Durand Cup and IFA Shield were both launched in the late nineteenth century.

Even though the IFA (Indian Football Association) was established in 1893, it did not have a single Indian on the board until the 1930s. It took almost a decade for the current All India Football Federation (formed in 1937) to get affiliated with FIFA. Indian players insisted on playing barefoot when other nations played in boots. 

Following the 1948 Olympics, FIFA imposed a rule banning barefoot play. A popular myth states that Indians refused to play because they were not allowed to play barefoot is not entirely true, and was just a story cover up the disastrous decision of the AIFF. 

During what is considered as the Golden Phase of Indian football, 1951 to 1962, India won several tournaments such as Asian Games 1951 (Gold Medal). In 1956, after agreeing to play with boots, India reached the semi-final in Melbourne Olympics football, becoming the first Asian country. In 1962, India again picked up the football gold medal in the Asian Games.

Ever since the 2011 Asian Cup, the All India Football Federation has been working very hard on Indian Football. For instance, they allowed former coach Bob Houghton coach the Indian side in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. After going first in there AFC Challenge Cup group, Bob Houghton was sacked and replaced by Wim Koevermans. Meanwhile, the India national under-23 football team won the first round of the 2012 Olympics qualifiers against Myanmar but were knocked out by Qatar. 

India played their next official matches against the United Arab Emirates in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, which India lost on aggregate 5–2.

In 2014, India hosted the first-ever Unity World Cup in Goa, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. India participated for the first time in FIFA U-17 World Cup as hosts in the 2017 edition of the tournament. This was the first time that a team representing India participated in the finals of a FIFA-organised world tournament. India was placed in Group A along with the U.S.A, Ghana, and Columbia. 

On 6 October 2017, India played their first-ever match in FIFA U-17 World Cup history in front of 47,000 people against the United States. But unfortunately, India lost the game by 3–0. India played their second match against Colombia. In 82nd minute Jeakson Singh became the first Indian goal scorer in the finals of any FIFA organized tournaments. For the third match of the group stage, India faced Ghana where they went down to lose 4–0, finishing bottom of the group A. 

Recently in 2018, Indian Football has reached another level by defeating Argentina U20 2–1 in 2018 Cotif Cup and Iraq U16, the defending champions of AFC U-16 Championship by 1–0.

The Sports School strives to provide our students with a curriculum covering all strands of the sport, with the practical focus being the development of performance skills in Football. The Sports School Football Academy with Bengaluru FC offers comprehensive programs for Professional Football Coaching with experienced Coaches licensed by AFC and AIFF. Bengaluru FC’s Youth Development program helps players of each age group, develop and play competitive Football.

Football Program at The Sports School

Regardless of whether you call it football or soccer, it’s a sport with massive global appeal and fan interest, and in India, Football has seen a spike in popularity in the past few years. With the emergence of ISL & other prominent leagues, young talent opportunities to participate in the sport and build a career in the same has also risen. The popularity of football worldwide makes it an exciting sport to watch and participate in.

The Sports School Football Academy with BFC Soccer Schools provides aspiring footballers with world-class training to reach the next level. At The Sports School campus, we offer a Professional Football Coaching Program with experienced coaches licensed by AFC and AIFF. The monitoring and evaluation of the student’s performance are done by the Head of Youth Development and BFC Youth Academy coaches.

Competitive and friendly match opportunities on a regular basis are arranged with quality opponents, and talented students also get a chance to play at the BFC Youth Academy teams. The Bengaluru FC Grassroots / Youth Development program is the first step in a young aspiring footballer’s career. Students will also be provided with Sports Science expertise (Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, and Injury Prevention concepts).

Here are some highlights of the program:

  • Coaches Licensed by the AIFF or AFC, following the footsteps of their first club – Bengaluru FC
  • Youth Development program for players of each age group
  • At each level, each child gets the opportunity to play competitive games in the BFC Soccer Schools Super League
  • Students get a chance to be child mascots at Bengaluru FC’s Indian Super League and AFC Cup games
  • Regular interaction with professional footballers, including Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Specific details of the programs are mentioned below: 

Beginner (Age group- U12/12): 

  • Fun Activities
  • Basic Skills
  • Kicks
  • Running with Ball

Intermediate (Age group- U15/16):

  • Position Training
  • Advanced Skills
  • Game Analysis
  • Team Practice
  • Mini Ground Matches
  • Mental Conditioning
  • Tournaments

Advanced (Age group- U15/16):

  • Strength & Stamina
  • Advanced Skills
  • Mental Conditioning
  • Tournaments

To provide unique learning opportunities to our students for leveling up their skills in football and to develop and enhance their knowledge in the sport, we have partnered with Bengaluru Football Club. 

Bengaluru Football Club forayed into the sport and has been contributing to putting India on the footballing world map. Bengaluru Football Club came into the scene with a successful debut season in which the team won the I-League in the 2013-14 season. Bengaluru FC also represented India in Asian competition, first in the playoff round of the AFC Champions League and then in the AFC Cup, becoming the first-ever Indian club to make it to the final of the AFC Cup. Bengaluru FC has drawn praise for bringing a new sense of professionalism to Indian football, including the use of on-field equipment meant to help player fitness. 

 

Successful Characteristics of Top Athletes That You Can Replicate

When you think of the best of the best athletes in the world across different sports, it’s easy to imagine them having very different ways of achieving success. All of those athletes are at the top of their game, not just because they put themselves through an extraneous amount of training while excelling in completely different sporting disciplines but also because they have certain surprisingly consistent similarities. 

There are important characteristics that are common amongst great athletes and several prominent business leaders. These characteristics aren’t specific to any sport but are character traits that help in almost any environment. We’ve listed certain distinguishing personality traits that seem to set apart the most successful high-performing athletes: 

 

Developing holistically as a person, not just as an athlete 

An athlete can be at the peak of their game, but if they do not evolve holistically as a person, it can still be extremely hard to execute to the best of their potential. In order to understand the parallels between personality development and athletic performance, they evaluate each skill that they master and implement its effect on different parts of your life.  

 

Having a strong sense of motivation

High-performing athletes usually have a high sense of self-motivation. Though their teammates, coaches, friends, and family will provide plenty of support along the way, they ultimately turn out to be their own primary motivators. This is important to embrace a healthy, positive frame of mind as it provides them with a new perspective in all areas of their life.

 

Holding themselves accountable

No athlete makes it to the top on their own. Top-tier athletes understand the importance of being accountable, taking criticism at every opportunity, and learning from it. They are aware that they have to be willing to make mistakes in order to grow and ultimately succeed. Holding themselves accountable for any win or loss creates a sense of responsibility, which leads to the overall development as a human. 

 

Practicing Humility

Top-tier athletes also believe in practicing humility because a humble athlete neither underestimates nor overestimates his abilities. There is always room for improvement, and that improvement will come only with more training and being consistent. 

 

Trusting and committing to Teamwork 

Have you ever seen any sport where Teamwork isn’t at the top of the mind of players? High-performing athletes exhibit a high level of appreciation for Teamwork because they understand that a team may have better individual players, but could still fall short in the pursuit of a championship because the team members are only playing for themselves and not for the common good. In a strong team environment, players want to win for each other, and they can celebrate as a team. Ultimately, this way of thinking has an extremely positive impact on their lives. 

 

Appreciating the journey

This mindset elevates the people around athletes as well. If an athlete doesn’t appreciate the journey he or she may have had, it is bound to turn the other way around. A lot of athletes keep on dwelling on the past, therefore letting the events that have already happened hinder their current mindset. Hence it is essential always to remember how far you have come and how much is left to discover. 

Athletes cannot find themselves amongst the best unless they possess a strong sense of commitment. This commitment allows the top athlete to remain in the moment, regardless of who is in the stands or what occurred that morning. It also means staying focused on achieving each goal as it comes, without ever forgetting the big picture.