Monday, November 3, 2014

Sikkim Boys spend day in service of Sikkim elders

fotoCaption: Sikkim Boys’ at the Ishwaramba Old Age Home.
The club has also expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his constant support to the club and its management since its formation.  Seen here, the CM being presented his Sikkim Boys T-Shirt during the Governor’s Gold Cup

GANGTOK, 31 Oct: Sikkim Boys’, the youngest [barely a few months old] football club in Sikkim, has included socially responsive engagement as part of its ethos and expressed it recently by spending an entire day [on Thursday] with the inmates and officials at Ishwaramba Old Age Home at Jalipool in East Sikkim.
A 13-member team of Sikkim Boys’ reached the Old Age Home at around 11 AM on 30 October and got to work immediately, preparing tea and laying out snacks for the residents of the home. The treat was tabled at 12:30 PM, immediately after which the footballers were back in the kitchen, rustling up dinner which they served at around 6:30 in the evening.
In between, the club’s players and officials interacted with the inmates, extending companionship and keeping up conversations.
“The time spent with the elders at the Old Age Home was the best and emotionally powerful for the Sikkim Boys’. They welcomed us warmly and opened their hearts to us,” shares Sikkim Boys’ manager, Shishil Karthak, while talking about the visit.
He added that the main objective of the visit was to spend a whole day with the elderly at the Old Age Home by serving them for one day to bring happiness on their face. “This initiative gave us real happiness and satisfaction and we would really want to continue such initiatives in the future,” he added.
Mr. Karthak states, “It was really moving when they shared their feelings with the Sikkim Boys’ team. We gave them a patient hearing and a shoulder to lean on and they were really happy with the time we shares with them.”
Sikkim Boys’ was started by a few likeminded senior footballers of the state and made its debut in the state-level Independence Day Football Tournament in August this year. Being unbeaten in the tournament, Sikkim Boys’ emerged the champions and qualified for the prestigious Governor’s Gold Cup Football Tournament this year. The Sikkim Boys’ team is made up of young footballers supported by a few experienced senior footballers. In the Governor’s Gold Cup, Sikkim Boys’ started with a big win of 07-02 against Sikkim Youth XI. Then they outplayed Aryan’s Club, Kolkata and knocked out the defending champions Three Stars of Nepal in the quarter-final round. In the semifinals, Sikkim Boys’ lost to Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal in extra-time.
“We did not reach the finals of the prestigious Governor’s Gold Cup but we are very happy and satisfied that we provided a platform for young talented footballers in such a big tournament,” Mr Karthak states.
In the Governor’s Gold Cup, young and talented winger of Sikkim Boys’, Sukraj Subba also received the Man of the Tournament trophy. Meanwhile, a few young footballers in the Sikkim Boys’ squad have been receiving enquiries from good teams of the country.

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