From the outset sport has played a significant role in the lives of the Future Hope children. In contrast to life on the streets where personal survival is the driving force and each child has to look out for him or herself, playing sport helps them to learn trust, teamwork, self-discipline, determination and self-confidence. These are all skills that enable the children to adapt and thrive in the Future Hope community and prepare them for later life.
Future Hope boys have always displayed particular prowess on the rugby field, making history by producing national players and carrying off numerous trophies at national and local levels. Cricket now has a place on the sporting curriculum both for boys and for girls. During a recent visit by the England cricket team, captain Alastair Cook opened Future Hope's Cricket Academy. Junior and senior teams are competing against other schools with credit.
With the help of a newly established hockey clinic, both girls’ and boys’ teams are playing well. An exciting new development is rowing. At first just a few boys took themselves off before dawn to the rowing club in the lakes area for early rowing outings. This has grown and a number of girls and boys are involved and looking forward to competing in regattas against other clubs. Football remains popular with both girls and boys and netball, athletics and kabaddi also have an important place on the sporting curriculum. Although much of the sport is played on the large public open space of Kolkata's maidan, good use is made of the school roof and the downstairs play area for hockey , cricket and netball practice. The children also have access to a small gym at Future Hope's Rowland Road site.
A generous donation has enabled us to give soccer a more prominent place on the sports curriculum. Both boys and girls teams now have weekly coaching sessions and are looking forward to playing more fixtures and tournaments.