By Veeral Raichura NHSF (UK) National Treasurer
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On 22nd February 2014, 900 students from across the country gathered at Tipton Sports Academy, West Midlands for NHSF (UK)’s Annual Sports Competition. This year was a landmark for our sports completion, not only was it the 10th anniversary, but we had a record 128 teams competing in Badminton, Football, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho and Netball from 34 of our affiliated Hindu societies from across the UK.
By Vishal Patel
NHSF (UK) General Secretary
“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” Swami Vivekananda
‘Inspire a generation’, a motto which will be long lived by many of us who viewed the spectacular display of sporting talent throughout the London Olympic 2012 games. The games have come and gone, but there is no doubt it has left a profound legacy for the UK as a country.
On Saturday 16th February 2013, National Hindu Students’ Forum (NHSF)UK)) embraced this legacy by providing 900 students a platform to channel their sporting talent and their competitive spirit to thrive. In its ninth year, NHSF (UK)’s Annual Sports Competition took place at the Tipton Sports Academy, Birmingham. The day started with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, led by Dr Raj Pandit Sharma, who explained that Lord Ganesh is the first to be worshipped at every occasion as he is the destroyer of all obstacles and the Lord of successful beginnings. Over 900 students joined in prayer creating an atmosphere of unity and strength within the Hindu student community. This was followed by a spectacular opening ceremony where a representative from each NHSF (UK) university society was nominated to carry their university flag alongside fellow NHSF (UK) branches. The opening ceremony embraced every NHSF (UK) society as individuals who together stand strong as NHSF (UK); the largest Hindu student body outside India.
By Tejal Shah
NHSF (UK) PR Co-ordinator
Religion and sports are seen to be strong influences in inspiring young individuals in society to be successful. This has been seen by the London 2012 Olympic Games organisers acknowledging the need of a multi-faith centre for inclusion and diversity. This need is being met on Saturday 16th February 2013 at Tipton Sports Academy, where the National Hindu Students Forum (NHSF) UK is holding their ninth National Annual Sports Competition.
Over 800 students will be competing in 94 teams from over 43 Universities across the country in some of the Hindu cultures most ancient, exciting and adrenaline-pumped sports. The NHSF (UK) National Annual Sports Competition celebrates sport in Britain today, showcasing popular modern sports such as netball, badminton and football whilst also keeping alive traditional Indian sports, including Kho Kho and Kabaddi.
By Chirag Patel
NHSF (UK) Vice President
During this year’s football season, we have seen some high profile racist incidents involving numerous teams and players. Over the last year, I have become increasingly frustrated with the treatment of footballers from ethnic minorities; by what is becoming a very large “minority”.
What is frustrating me is the way that these crimes are being dealt with – like a joke! I can almost guarantee that there is no other profession in the world where an employee can racially abuse someone and still work for them again.
By Kartik Bharadia
Vice President NHSF (UK)
Morning briefing at Tipton Sports Academy, Birmingham
Though NHSF (UK)’s annual National Sports Competition took place at a different venue in this, its eight year, the move did not reduce any of the event’s fervour, excitement and ability to impress. On Saturday, 18th February more than 800 students gathered at Tipton Sports Academy in the West Midlands, rubbing their weary eyes, but still ready to compete. Representing 30 universities across the UK, participants competed in 6 different sports ,including; Football, side Netball, Cricket, Kho-Kho and Kabaddi, the latter of which has become a major highlight of the event. A new introduction to the event list year this was Badminton.
By Kiran Patel
Central Zone Coordinator
Religion and sports are seen to be strong influences in inspiring young individuals in society to be successful. This has been seen by the London 2012 Olympic Games organisers acknowledging the need of a multi-faith centre for inclusion and diversity and by giving Hinduism representation. As the London 2012 games embark upon us, many will be making their way down to sporting venues across the country to see some of the greatest sporting heroes in modern day. These sports personalities once started off somewhere small, somewhere like a sports centre, winning medals and trophies on a local or even national scale. Similarly, Hindu students have been given this opportunity on Saturday 18th February 2012.
By Rudrajoy Chakraborty
The stage was set – Sunday 21st February 2010 would see 27 Hindu societies from across the land come together for entertainment that would give the ongoing Winter Olympics in Vancouver a run for its money. Little did we know that we would also try and rival the games in Canada for the level of snow!