Community youth engagement: Deepalaya VTC Dwarka organizes a cricket match

A Cricket match is organized at VTC Dwarka for community engagement

In a country like India where cricket is worshipped as a religion, not very often do we see this sport as a tool for community engagement, motivation, and bonding. In view of this, on March 1, 2018, a cricket match was arranged at Bada Park, Kakrola Village, New Delhi by VTC staff and members of Deepalaya. The idea of arranging this match was to stay connected with the youth group members and alumni, motivate them to enhance their talent and use it in the right direction, besides promoting their overall development. Around 55 to 60 youngsters, including youth from nearby areas, were present during the match.

Deepalaya VTC Dwarka organised a cricket match for engaging community.

Sixteen players were divided into 2 teams with an innings comprising of eight overs. The match was played in the presence of Ms Anita Rana and Ms Kulwant Kaur while Mr. Pradeep acted as the umpire and score handling was done by Ms Sakshi.

The match kicked off in a traditional manner with the “toss” in the presence of the umpire and two captains; hereafter, both teams stood in parallel lines and shook hands with the players from the opponent team. The first team (Team A) played for 8 overs and was successful in scoring 86 runs with the loss of five wickets. Sourav Rana scored 23 runs and became the best scorer from the team. The second team (Team B) chased the score successfully in 7.5 overs; they reached 88 runs after losing six wickets. Akash was the best scorer (26 runs) from Team B; his brilliant knock helped Team B to win the match. He was also adjudged as the “man of the match”.

After the match, a short meeting was conducted among the staff and community youth at our VTC centre. Everyone present in the meeting agreed to formulate a regular cricket team at Dwarka. The players shared that they really enjoyed playing the cricket match, and some of them proposed that the next match should be played very soon. It was decided that the next match will be between VTC Dwarka and VTC Patel Garden, and practice can be done on Saturdays or during activity classes.

Deepalaya VTC Dwarka students after the cricket match.

All this could happen because of our well-wishers from NETENT and NAGGARO, who gave funds for promoting sports amongst the youth.

When we spoke to the parents, they were so happy. Mrs. Maya Devi and Mrs. Meera, parents of two students at our VTC said, “I am happy to see that our children are kept engaged in an effective manner. Otherwise they may mix up with the wrong crowd and go astray.”

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