Most of the sports coaches have lost their jobs and a closure of outdoor activities has led to no hope of revenue generation in the field of sports in the near future. People are scared and what now with the media reports of a third wave lurking in the discussions, which is likely to infect the children, there is little hope that sports will return back to normalcy in the country.
Things are pretty much the same in the case of coaches who were working with schools. Many schools are shut completely and not able to continue as there are no admissions. Some schools who have been managing conducting online classes have stopped paying the coaches.
The last decade in India saw a significant growth in sports other than cricket; though cricket is still the dominant sport. This opened up a lot of opportunities for sports coaches. Now the pandemic has put a halt to this growth and has many sports coaches are giving a serious thought about their future, as they are not getting help from anywhere, either their employers, private organizations, sports federation or the government. Many of the sports coaches have switched to alternative careers & even manual labor in order to survive.
For most people, sports comes under expenditure for “extracurricular” activities and therefore do not want to spend. This has taken a big hit and future for the sports coaches diminishes with each passing day.
AirBenders Sports Academy Trust has been driving an initiative to identify and reach out to as many of such coaches who are in need of support and help.
Initiatives like this will go a long way in reaching out to the sports fraternity and keeping their hopes alive. We really do not want to risk losing this genre of people due to the current situation.
We have to recognize the fact, that being fit and keeping your physical health via exercises will help boost your immunity. So we urge more people to recognize the urgent need to support the sports fraternity and help this community sail through the pandemic.