We are a group of students studying at St. Francis High School. One thing that binds us is the passion for cricket. We come from low or middle-income families, due to which we cannot afford pricey clubs. We have a lot of talented students who excel at playing cricket. By seeing our talent and passion towards cricket our Bhaiyas and Didis, who teach us, decided to organize a tournament. Hence they gave us a platform in the form of Swings and Shots. This tournament gives the kids like us the opportunity to show their skills and encourage young talent. This tournament has been conducting for the past 2 years successfully and this is the 3rd year when we will be taking it to the glory!
Why are we conducting it?
There are many kids across Pune whose families cannot afford to play in clubs, which are very pricey. Most of the schools do not have proper playgrounds and equipment. Therefore we have come up with an excellent idea of organizing a cricket tournament at very less registration fee. This way we will be able to connect with kids having a similar passion and could encourage them to show their skills in cricket and convert their dreams into reality.
What is different in the year 3?
In this first year, our Didis and Bhaiyas conducted the entire tournament and we just played in that. The second, we shared the responsibilities with our Didis and Bhaiyas and helped them in everything to conduct it. Now in the third year, as we want this to become a sustainable structure that should run even when our Didis and Bhaiyas leave the school, we have decided to own it up fully with little mentoring from our Didis and Bhaiyas and conduct this tournament on our own! Now this tournament is, Of the students, For the Students, and By the students! There is another thing which is piloting from this year is that we will be seeing participation from girls as well in the main playing 11 team! This is going to be very exciting!
Our appeal to you
It is our sincere request to you to kindly donate in the form of cash or any other means which you find feasible so that we can organize this tournament and give more children better opportunities.
Expenses that will occur (Tournament span: 1 month)
Tent/ Ground = Rs.20000
On day arrangements (medical aid, pitch set-up) = Rs.5000
Refreshment = Rs.15000
Advertisement/ Publicity = 5000
Trophies / medals = Rs.15000
Cricket equipment = Rs. 10000