Here is issue 20 of the newsletter. It is an update for the last year and what has happened with in the Samaj.
Category: Sports (Page 1 of 2)
The sports day poster for this year has been released. Please contact me if you would like to take part if you haven’t already.
Another year another Samaj Sports day. This year it was in Manchester hosted by Tameside branch. We managed to get a few entrants this year, but unfortunately it was only one pair of mixed doubles badminton players. To them I send my thanks for participating, to the rest of you, where were you?
Unfortunately we didn’t win any trophies this year, but next year, with a few more entries we might bring some back. In addition to our participants on the day, Bhavika and myself controlled the netball instead our usual team of Anilbhai and his daughters.
This year the Youth Team allowed each branch to enter multiple teams and a number of extra players for each sport. Even though a few people thought this as unfair due to some branches having more players than others it turned out very well. It added the much need extra players for each sport, meant that more people attended and more importantly the participant numbers were much better, at a guess up 50% of what normally it would have been.
It was a very good day and overall very well organised, especially as the tournament was held over 3 different venues. Thankfully Tameside had organised a few shuttle buses to run between the venues so getting around wasn’t very difficult. As there were only a few of us from Luton we hitched a ride with Rugby Branch (thanks for the lift). The only downside of the day was the very early start, at 4am.
Next year I hope to see a higher participation rate from our members. I know quite a few our elders play badminton on a regular basis, come and represent our Samaj, there is an over 40’s categories. The more of you that take part, the better chance we have of bringing back a trophy.
Sports day is coming up and the deadline is coming up sooner. If you would like to play, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sports available are those in the list below:
- TABLE TENNIS (Juniors, Mens, Over 40’s, Ladies)
- SQUASH(Men’s Seniors, Over 40’s)
- BADMINTON (MEN’S SINGLES, MEN’S DOUBLES, MEN’S OVER 40 SINGLES, LADIES SINGLES, LADIES DOUBLES, LADIES OVER 40 Singles, MIXED DOUBLES, UNDER 16’s BOYS, UNDER 16’s GIRLS)
- POOL (UNDER 16’s, MENS, LADIES)
- DARTS (SINGLES, DOUBLES)
- FOOTBALL (UNDER 16’s, SENIORS, OVER 40)
This year there is NO swimming or chess.
Lots more information can be found on the HQ website here http://www.prajapati.org.uk/sports. That includes fees, and other possible extra events such as wii sports and a running (as there could be a track available).