Thursday 22 February 2018, 10:32:27
P.T, Usha and her friends in her native place chalked out a meticulous plan to launch the Usha School of Athletics in Koyilandy to train the young blood in Indian Athletics. A 20 Crore Rupees project, the school, Usha says, will be the country's premier institute for training young talents.
The Government of Kerala came out with an offer of 30 acres of land and a financial grant of Rupees 15 lakhs for the project. Usha School, was incepted in Koyilandi near Kozhikode on rented premises with twelve students. The students live and train under the guidance of P.T. Usha from day one based on a pre-planned time schedule in the school. At present the school coaches 16 trainees — all girls.
The method of study, exercise, diet, psychological counselling attitude building etc. are carefully planned and scientifically devised with the help of internationally acclaimed experts in the respective fields. Teachers who know and understand their students, know their sports, and possess developmentally appropriate philosophies help nurture the budding talents. A full time Certified Athletic Trainer provides medical care to our athletes.
Being away from city limits, the sixteen children travel to nearby institutions to pursue their academics at present. The school has shifted to Kinaloor in 2008, about 30 kms from Kozhikode. The proposed new facility will have an increased accommodation of 40 beds. The brilliant performances of U.S.H.A students in the National and State Championships, at the infancy of the school itself make us confident that more and more medals are on the way in the National Meets, Asian Games, World Junior Championships, World Championships in Athletics etc., culminating in 2020 Olympics and the successive events.
We have made a humble start with the limited resources in hand and a strong will to make things happen based on the trust we have in sports lovers of our country. The Usha School of Athletics has received some much needed boost with Laureus Sports Foundation under the chairmanship of Edwin Mosesm,the great hudler,agreeing to asociate with this projects.