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Sarojini Cricket & Fitness Academy (SCAFA) - Sports Coaching

Sarojini Cricket & Fitness Academy (SCAFA) - Sports Coaching
Takbir Fatima /
I am a great believer in luck; the harder I work, the more I have of it, said Stephen Leacock. This is one of many motivational quotations that greet you as you enter the gates of one of Hyderabad's top sports training centers for youth.

Sarojini Cricket and Fitness Academy, 35 years strong, still retains its original location and modest edifice. It's easy to be misled by the dated building marked Labor Welfare Center, Azamabad, whose walls are painted with many an inspiring excerpt. The adjoining structure bears the foundation stone that tells you that it is called Evans Cottage, and was donated by M/s Bio Evans, Ltd., in 1971.

Once you get past the dull exterior, and go by a wall lined with newspapers cut-outs from the past few decades, each recounting the achievements of the Academy since its inception, the sight of vast open land, consisting of 2 tennis courts and 1 cricket ground, covered with lush dew-touched grass, takes your breath away. Who would have thought that in a part of the city crowded with industries and workers' unions, a lung space of this proportion would exist so tranquil and untouched?

But it wasn't always like this, as told by the manager, G Kiran Reddy, who salvaged the ground from a local dump-yard and car park, systematically cleaned and planted it with Calcutta Dube grass, and made provisions for recycling of running water. Indeed, it takes not only determination but a force drawn from within to attain what Reddy has done over the past few decades.

A former national volleyball champion, and a hard-hitting spiker, Reddy is an M Tech, and with the APSRTC. He believes in good old-styled rigorous training, and the boys who attend the Academy, aged between 10 and 15, are put through scrupulous exercise everyday. The results are not invisible. SCAFA students have been champions in the India TVS Ratnam Cricket Tournaments for 3 years in a row, in both the under-12 and under-14 categories.

The Academy has many other laurels to its credit. At the moment (July 2006), there are 250 boys attending from different schools. They are offered cricket and tennis training, as well as fitness training in the form of sprints, hand-walks etc. The fees are priced modestly, going as low as Rs. 150 to accommodate workers' children. In a society that encourages academics above anything else, this is an audacious and much-needed effort.

Reddy believes in mental health along with physical well-being. The boys are also put through religious discourses, time-management and personality development classes. They are encouraged to perform charitable acts by visiting homes for the aged from time to time.

Since its inception, SCAFA has certainly come a long way. It has held many charity events, and holds a variety of trophies on the stage overlooking the ground. It has been visited by dignitaries in the sports arena, including the likes of V V S Laxman. It has transformed itself from a breeding ground for flies to a training ground for talent.

With all the trials and tribulations it has been through, another saying on the ground boundary wall of the Academy rings true: "All things are difficult before they become easy."
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Syed Emraan on 14th Jun 2015, 8:05am | Permalink
Hi sir, i'm interested I'm19 i wanna join but can you tell me that in which division your association affiliated too
harshita on 29th Oct 2014, 6:22pm | Permalink
One of the best academies,i have ever come across,fitness by Kiran sir is amazing.ground is well maintained,fees is low comparatively,tennis is also good.

Pros: awesome
Akanksh on 30th May 2013, 11:48am | Permalink
It is the beautiful ground I have ever seen!!!!!
kgukjh on 31st Jan 2013, 7:45am | Permalink
Chettha coaching center..Buildup ekkuva business thakkuva..
umesh on 24th Jan 2013, 11:32pm | Permalink
I student of sarojini.l have been coming since one year .i have scored half century in leauge match thanks to coaches for there effort.i imprved my fitness level bcose of kiran sir.i have never seen like this ground vith lush of grass.the disipline is very good. I have learnt time management
abc on 19th Dec 2012, 10:17am | Permalink
It is a worst coaching center. Very commercial and does not care about the career of the students. All the coaches over there themselves scold Kiran reddy behind him. Even all the students does that. Will take money from students on the name of conducting matches. If u are really genuinely planning to make ur children good cricketers, please dont choose this center.Have really suffered during my association with this coaching center and I dont want anyone else to go through the same.Thanks.
charith on 13th Nov 2012, 11:05am | Permalink
its a beautiful playground for playing cricket and tennis matches other than coaching
srujan on 28th May 2012, 5:03pm | Permalink
its keka center for health
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