Sports not only help children stay fit but also make them confident, disciplined and professional. In the HT-- C-fore survey for 2014, Panchkula-based The Gurukul has emerged as the best school in the town on the parameter of sports with 85 out of 100 points.
The Gurukul, which was ranked second last year, has experienced coaches to train students in various sports. The school has the required infrastructure for cricket, skating, basketball, table tennis, table soccer, martial arts, lawn tennis, athletics, soccer and badminton.
To train students in swimming, the school has tied up with the Gymkhana Club in Panchkula. The school also has academies for skating and cricket.
Sagar Sharma, a Class-11 student at The Gurukul, was a part of the state team for the zonal matches of the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy and the U-19 Veenu Mankad Trophy.
He captained the U-16 team for the Haryana Cricket Federation and is now the captain of U-19 for Panchkula District Cricket Association (affiliated to Board of Control for Cricket in India).
He says, “The school has not only provided me the facilities and training but has also extended academic support whenever I missed my classes.”
Harshul Singla, a student of Class 8 at The Gurukul, has represented Haryana in the U-14 Dhruv Pandove Trophy (north zone).
Harsimran Kaur, principal of The Gurukul, says, “We have a ‘buddy system’ in our school. Whenever a student comes back after participating in sports tournaments, we get the best students in the class to
help the student with notes and lessons.”
Hansraj Public School has slipped a notch to the second spot (83 points). As per the school website, Hansraj Public has facilities for indoor games like table soccer, carom, chess and table tennis. There is an international-quality floodlit skating rink and a cricket coaching centre, in addition to facilities for basketball, kho-kho and badminton.
Bhavan Vidyalaya, which has retained the third spot (78 points), also encourages students to learn basketball, cricket, fencing, skating, volleyball, swimming, martial arts, table tennis, gymnastics, aerobics, yoga, chess and carom.