Published: 10th April 2019
Snooker and carrom for schoolkids? Start-up School of Sports teaches your kids sports no one else will
School of Sports is an academy where schoolkids are taught sports that are often undersold — and the life lessons that they can glean from every sport
Have you ever wondered why PE classes always stuck to outdoor activities for the most part? I always did. If you were more of an indoor sports person and you were not comfortable with your school forcing you into outdoor activities, the School of Sports (SOS) comes as an answer to your prayers. This institution was started by Siddharth Krishnamoorthy and Rajeswari Murugesan, who are bringing sports that people normally don't focus on, like snooker, to kids.
Getting sporty: Both Raji and Siddharth were a part of a corporate firm before they began School of Sports
As a school student, I remember watching snooker on my favourite TV show Tom and Jerry, and that's all the relationship I had with snooker as a student. But to see School of Sports come and give extensive coaching on snooker for kids is something very new to me and I had to find out what made them think of this initiative. Siddharth says, “We opened an academy at Nandanam in Chennai, to train school students on the quirks of snooker. Although our facility focuses on snooker, we are not limited to just that indoor sport. We also train students in board games like scrabble, chess and carrom as well."
Hardcore training: Students are trained in games like Chess and Scrabble as well
Implementing training for indoor sports, as peculiar as that statement sounds, required a strong vision that laid the foundation for the school. Both Rajeswari and Siddharth walk me through the moment when the initial idea popped up in their minds, and how they went about it. Siddharth begins by saying, "Both Raji and I have experience with the corporate world and are also very passionate sportspersons. Through the years the statement 'Do what you love' kept ringing in our ears over and over again, and at one point we put our foot down and just started the School of Sports. We also saw the lack of adequate training in various fields of sports and that was where we saw our door of opportunity."
Just pure fun: The SOS facility at Nandanam has set aside a room for books and board games for parents to kill time while their children are being trained
Their target audience is aimed at school students and Rajeswari explains why. "We didn't want to work on an academy basis, wherein we freelance our services to every individual in need of our services. We wanted to focus on schools and training school students in the basics of sports, and how the principles that each sport has to offer can be implemented in their daily lives. Though we take sports and training seriously, we don't forget the fun aspects of sports in order to bring out the best in every student." Now that personifies the phrase, 'Two birds with one stone'.
Their spectacular facility at Nandanam is not limited to just teaching and training students. Both Rajeswari and Siddharth have been very thoughtful about how parents could kill time while their children are at training. Rajeswari gleefully explains this particular facility and the purpose it serves, "We have specific rooms that serve the purpose of specific sports, and we exclusively set aside a room for books and board games. This room is to help parents spend their waiting time more productively. Even the children who come for training at our facility are allowed to make use of our mini-library." She goes on to talk about the progress of School of Sports, “We have been getting good feedback from our clients so far. We have reached out to 20 schools and they seem very interested in our idea. We are looking to reach out to more schools by mid-June.”