Thousands of poor students will have a chance to get coached in cricket by the pros.
What’s it about? For the more than one lakh students studying in corporation schools, cricket coaching has become unaffordable. The Greater Chennai Corporation will provide free coaching by professional cricketers for several students.
- Physical Education teachers will screen candidates in the first phase. It’ll last for 11 months, and 40 students will be shortlisted.
- For those selected, the Corporation will arrange coaching sessions at a cricket academy twice a week. They’ll also take care of transport.
Next steps: Currently, the initiative is only for boys as parents are hesitant to send their daughters due to the distance. However, the Corporation plans to develop cricket infrastructure in schools to provide free coaching for girls. The same policy will be launched for football too.