Bengalurua��s top sports coaches will keep your kids active all summer long, with everything from football to skateboarding. By Barkha Kumari & Nandini Kumar
Irfan Sait for cricket, Nisha Millet for swimming, Mathew Holland for football, and Bindu M for horseriding a�� these are only a few of the coaches in town your kids would love to train under this summer
TheA�HeadA�ofA�YouthA�DevelopmentA�atA�BengaluruA�FootballA�Club, the 27
yearA�oldA�fromA�WalesA�hasA�formerlyA�playedA�atA�SwanseaA�CityA�FC,A�andA�laterA�forA�itsA�youthA�team.A�HisA�coachingA�stintA�spansA�continents. HeA�hasA�coachedA�inA�theA�UK,A�Malaysia,A�theA�USA,A�Australia,A�andA�ThailandA�forA�bothA�clubA�andA�natio nal federationsA�withA�rolesA�rangingA�fromA�academyA�directorA�toA�coachA�education,A�performanceA�coachA�andA�assistantA�coach.
Camp details: Ita��s aboutA�gettingA�theA�foundationA�skillsA�right at this camp. FromA�passingA�theA�ball,A�dribblingA�it,A�toA�seeingA�itA�throughA�to theA�goalA�post,A�HollandA�will takeA�theA�kidsA�throughA�theA�basics.A�HeA�willA�alsoA�driveA�home theA�importanceA�ofA�teamA�play. AA�few,A�talentedA�kidsA�willA�getA�aA�chanceA�toA�trainA�atA�BFCa��sA�professionalA�youthA�football academyA�forA�free.
Duration: AprilA�4 onwards.
Cost: Rs 6,500 upwards.
Age-group: The summer camp is divided into
four categories a�� Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, and Under-16.
Where: Playmania, Bellandur; ClarenceA�High SchoolA�playground, CoxA�Town;?XLR8, Hennur).
Somanna Mekerira Raghupathi
collective runA�byA�Raghupathi, Abhishek, and PoornabodhA�Nadavatti, hasA�manyA�firstsA�toA�itsA�credit. ItA�builtA�Indiaa��sA�firstA�free-of-chargeA�skatepark inA�Bengaluru
atA�HSRA�LayoutA�inA�2011, thoughA�ita��s currently defunct. ItA�was anA�internationalA�project, asA�skateboardersA� fromA� Germany,A� UK,A� andA�Australia flewA�downA�toA�build theA�park. The trio has
also set up skateparks in Hampi, Panna (MadhyaA�Pradesh), Goa, with a Bolivian assignment underway. TheyA�alsoA�initiatedA�TheA�VansA�HolyA�DeTour for national, and international skateboardersA�twoA�yearsA�ago.
Camp details: First-timersA�willA�getA�toA�learnA�howA�toA�push, turn,A�stopA�theA�skateboard, asA�well asA�cruiseA�onA�them. LessonsA�onA�boardwalk,A�boardflips, overcoming obstacles
(calledA�ramps),A�180,A�andA�360A�degreeA�turnsA�willA�alsoA�beA�offered. IntermediateA�studentsA�getA�toA�doA�ollies on the kicker ramps
(a technique to pop the board into the air), and a variety ofA�flipsA�and pops. AtA�theA�endA�ofA�theA�camp,A�a few kids willA�getA�toA�compete inA�aA�skateboardingA�championship.
Duration: FirstA�batchA�fromA�AprilA�4; secondA�batchA�fromA�MayA�2.
Cost: Rs 5,500 onwards.
Age group: FourA�years and above.
Where: TheA�CaveA�Skatepark, RK Hegde Nagar,
Play Arena,A�Kasavanahalli; SkateA�spotA�at
SheA�teachesA�horseA�ridingA�at the Embassy International
Riding School where her father, Muniyappa, once usedA� to
work.A� TheA� schoolA� hasA�beenA�foundedA�byA�SilvaA�Storai,A�the only
has trained under some of the top riders of India a�� Ajai Appachu,
and Nadia Haridass, who qualified for the Asian Games in 2014.
She has conductedA�kidsA�campsA�along withA�the qualified
instructors of the British Horse Society.
Camp details: Embassy is a Structure Pony Club, the only
one in India that isA�runA�asA�perA�theA�BritishA�HorseA�SocietyA�standards. EveryA�day,A�studentsA�willA�beA�trainedA�inA�on-the-groundA�horsemanship, asA�wellA�asA�offeredA�lessonsA�inA�stableA�managementA�(equineA�nutrition,
andA� firstA� aid).A� TheA� kidsA� willA� beA� pairedA� withA�horsesA�basedA�onA�their
abilities.A�They will also learn basic positions, and safety skills. The
trainer will help the advanced riders improve their equitation skillsA�onA�flat groundA�or over obstacles.
Cost: Rs 5,500A�perA�day;A�`18,000A�forA�fourA�days.
Age group: 8-15 years.
Where: EmbassyA�InternationalA�RidingA�School,A�TarunhunseA�Village. Details: 7353779533
With 15 years of professional
experience, Lancy is currently the CEO of Prakash Padukone SportsA� Management.A� HeA�designsA�theA�coachingA�moduleA�andA�looks over the summer sessions, as well as offers hands-on training. An under-18, and under-22 national champion, hea��s also a National Games gold medalist (1997).
Camp details: Held over a minimum of three weeks to up to 10 weeks, the camp teaches all aspects of badminton a�� from gripA�to movement, to strokes. LancyA�has aA�teamA�ofA�state-levelA�shuttlers andA�SportsA�AuthorityA�ofA�India-certifiedA�coachesA�inA�place.A�There
willA�beA�oneA�coachA�forA�everyA�five to sixA�kids.A�MatchesA�willA�beA�heldA�atA�different venuesA�atA�theA�endA�ofA�theA�camp.
Duration: Till June 3.
Cost: Rs 3,000 for a minimum of three weeks. Where: Multiple venues, including Karnataka Badminton Association, Vasanth Nagar; Canara Union, Malleswaram; Play Arena, Sarjapur; Kalavedi, Bellandur; XLR8, Hennur; Justplay, Electronic City.
The Olympiana��s coaching classes have remained most popular in the city for over a decade now. Milleta��s unconventional methods of teaching swimming has not only benefitted the kids, some of whom have taken it up as a career sport, but has also helped many to learn the sport in their 50s and 60s. One the oldest swimmers Millet has taught is an 86-year-old woman. Camp details: With the lowest student-to- coach ratio in the city, this swimming camp is all about depending on friendly, and trained swimming instructors with access to some of the best maintained pools in the city. The camp also focuses on a�?having fun in watera�?.
Duration: 15 sessions, April 25 onwards (for kids).
Cost: Rs 5,000 upwards.
Age group: 4 years and above.
Where: Multiple locations
For over 20 years, Irfan Saita��s academy Karnataka State Institute of
Cricket has produced some of the countrya��s most formidable cricketers.
Camp details: With support staff of 65 coaches during the camp, every
child gets personal attention. Video analysis and audiovisual cricket lessons
with proper syllabus covering batting, bowling and fielding is charted out for the camp.
Coaches such as Bryce McGain, Andrew Walton and Greg Shipperd from Australia,
Martyn Court, Lawrie Johnstone and John Brierley from England, and Harry Shapiro
from South Africa will be invited by the institute to interact with the kids.
Duration: April 1 – May 15.
Cost: Rs 6,000. Age group: 6 years and above.
Where: RBANMS Grounds, Chandapura, Mysore J K Ground.
alongA�withA�herA�husband AiyappaA�BP, anA�international
athleteA�himself. TheA�resumeA�ofA�the heptathleteA�fromA�KodaguA�
runsA�long. SheA�isA�aA�doubleA�Olympian,A�makingA�herA�debutA�at theA�2000A� SummerA� OlympicsA�inA�Sydney,A�andA�followingA� itA�upA� atA�theA� BeijingA� OlympicsA�inA�2008.A�SheA�hasA�alsoA�representedA� IndianA�atA�theA�World
Camp details: PramilaA�andA�herA�teamA�willA�runA�two
batchesA�ofA�15A�students each simultaneously. WithA�aA�smallerA�group,A�sheA�canA�offer personalisedA�training, spot talent,A�andA�communicateA�theA�sameA�toA�theirA�respectiveA�parents.A�The activities include longA�jump,A�shortA�jump,A�running,A�stairA�training,A�overcomingA�hurdlesA�and exercises.A�Ladder climbing,A�andA�coneA�drillsA�areA�theA�add-onsA�thisA�year. TheA�sessionA�willA�beginA�withA�recreationalA�games,A�suchA�asA�dodgeA�ball,A�lagori,A�andA�differentA�kindsA�ofA�relayA�races
Duration: Till April 30
Cost: Rs 3,000
Age group: 7-14 years
Where: Sree Kanteerava Stadium
Venkatesh BS and Manuel Fredicks
Venkatesh is a government-appointed coach and
also the stadium in-charge at the Karnataka State Hockey Association. His main focus is to promote the national sport and ensure kids dona��t end up spending their holidays
in front of a television or a Play Station.
Camp details: Kids will get to play on the only turf
ground in the city. The camp will be supervised by 1972 Olympic gold medallist Manuel Fredicks, while some of the top international players such as VR Raghunath, SV Sunil will pay a visit to the camp and interact with the kids.
Duration: 20 days, beginning April 10.
Cost: Rs 100.
Age group: 7 to 18 years (for both boys and girls).
Where: Karnataka State Hockey Association
Details: 9449309007 (Application forms can be collected from Karnataka Olympic Association office at