Kabaddi to help keep children in tenements off bad habits

Fear of their children picking up bad habits has always haunted residents of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) tenements.

To help teenagers steer clear of the vice trap, the board has now started kabaddi coaching classes for boys and girls.

“The lack of recreational facilities in the colonies put our children at the risk of picking up bad habits,” said Abirami, a resident of Athipattu TNSCB settlement.

To address this issue, TNSCB held a meeting with de-addiction centres, NGOs and police officers recently. They decided to roll out various measures including introducing sports activities and counselling programmes. “We have initially started kabaddi coaching for the boys and girls in Perumbakkam,” said a TNSCB official. “As of now we have started summer coaching in Perumbakkam for kabaddi. Over 20 girls and close to 30 boys are taking part in the camp,” said V. Sathyaseelan from Don Bosco Anbu Illam, which is coordinating the training programme. “Sports will surely deter the children from getting into bad habits,” he noted.

More to come

Similar coaching is also planned at other resettlement colonies including Navalur and Gudapakkam. “We have to improve the playgrounds in the colonies and install goalposts . After this we will start football coaching. Following this, we will hold matches. This will also help the children secure admission to colleges and land jobs through sports quota,” the TNSCB official said.

TNSCB is also planning to hold counselling sessions for children to prevent them from picking up bad habits. “We will be doing this with the help of de-addiction centres and NGOs,” an official said.

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