Noted coach SM Arif, who trained the likes of Pullela Gopichand, Jwala Gutta and Chetan Anand, recently conducted a badminton camp for a group of students of Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute (AFGJI) here.
Organised by the AFGJI Alumni Association, the week-long camp was aimed at enhancing the performance of the current players of the school and was attended by 24 students, including nine girls.
The camp included early morning exercise sessions, video screenings of top players, court drills and practices. The camp also emphasized on correct grips and the importance of warm up and cool down exercises.
Arif, who was conferred the Padma Shri award early this year, worked on speed, agility, strength and endurance of the students.
The Dronacharya awardee coach also had special session for parents of the students emphasizing on 'Importance of Sports'.
"I had come for one week camp and enjoyed every moment. Fantastic premises, disciplined children and dedicated staff made the whole environment every enthusiastic," Arif said.
"I wish the facilities available would prove to be the factory of champions for the school, state and ultimately for the country," he added.
Talking about the camp, AFGJI Alumni President, Parijat Punj said, "We thought of an out-of-the-box idea of helping the school and its students and we were overwhelmed by the response from the school.
"By having a coach of the stature of Arif Sir in itself became a motivating factor for the students."
Kulwant Assija, HOD, Physical Education, AFGJI said, "The camp was a big hit, had we allowed program for beginners, we would have got 200+ entries."