Australian Rules Football

KISS, added another feather to its cap by becoming the latest to embrace Australian Rules Football as they welcomed ARFAI officials to organise an introductory training session at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) campus in Bhubaneshwar. It was another project that the American Centre initiated with the Australian High Commission in India under their Direct Aid Program (DAP) grant. KISS had applied for this project along with ARFAI.

Under this project, ARFAI officials will train senior students at KISS to be coach, who will in turn help in training at least 1500 children by the end of this calendar year. The Australian Rules Football is close to its cousin Rugby, which KISS has mastered and boasts of being World Champions in different age groups. The 3 day session led by ARFAI officials comprised of indoor and outdoor sessions where 16 senior students from KISS were trained as coach. These coaches will train the children for the next few months with periodical ARFAI supervision as part of the project which culminates with the first ever state tournament for Footy in Odisha. The KISS coaches were taught basic skills and rules of the game. The enthusiasm was there for all to see and they picked up on pointers given by the officials very swiftly. The coaches were also acquainted with coaching methods which need to be employed while they conduct the trainings. The final day, saw a more than 700 students attending training with the newly appointed coach of KISS, It was an experience like no other. The students were brimming with energy and willing to experience the sport.

The highlight of the final day was a visit by the Hon’ble Founder, Dr. Achutya Samanta. He was delighted t o see the positive response and provided the coach and children words of encouragement and a promise for further such opportunities in the future. He was also delighted to see that KISS Students will comprise wholly in the first ever ODISHA team who will participate in the ARFAI National Championship 2015 later this year. The day culminated in a friendly match between the coaches. Although the match was conducted to bring them up to speed with the basic game play rules, they showed exceptional grasp of the basic skills even at such an early stage.