RDF students have access to a wide range of different sports, which include: archery, karate, kabbadi, kho kho, track & field, yoga, pyramids, and volleyball. Students excel on the field just as much as they do in the classroom!
|Pranitha in action at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Read more
about Pranitha’s achievements.
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RDF first shot to fame when former Kalleda students won medals in the World Archery Championships held in Mexico in 2006. One of these two students,Vardineni Pranitha was a member of the Indian team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and for the Asian Junior Championships in June 2007.
Archery students from Kalleda School and Junior College have won medals in state and national competitions. Sixteen year old V Sharadha represented India in the Youth World Archery U.S.A 2009, and recently students have won places in the junior and sub-junior state trial selection for the national championship. Lavanya from VAPV Junior College won a gold medal in Junior National Archery Championship in Maharashtra in 2012. Earlier this year, she was selected to attend a National Training Camp in Pune, thereafter being selected to attend an International meet in Seoul, South Korea where she trained with former Olympians!
|Students practice yoga on the Kalleda stage|
Currently, 16 students are undergoing training with former National Archery Champion and RDF Archery coach, Mr. Prabir Das. 8 students have also been selected to TATA Archery Academy, Jharkhand. RDF Junior College students can been seen most mornings and evenings, before and after school, practicing their archery skills in the college grounds.
|Students playing Kho Kho|
Away from archery, RDF students have begun to shine in a number of other sports at the district level where many have been selected for state and national events. Many students are particularly keen on two of India’s most popular team-contact sports – kho kho and kabbadi. Kabaddi is the state game of Andhra Pradesh and like kho kho, has grown in popularity because neither requires any specialist equipment or clothing. Kalleda students have won awards in kabaddi and kho kho in the Warangal district sports events from which students are selected to participate in the more competitive state competitions. Currently, we are coaching students in Kho-Kho with State level Kho Kho player (Mr. Laxman). Students have also excelled in yoga and athletics (track & field).
These successes have been replicated at Matendla School in Medak district where students have been selected to take part in state competitions in basket ball, kho kho and handball. Four Matendla students have won scholarships to study at specialist sports colleges. The school also recently had 2 students win a place to a district level yoga championship.
|Matendla girls practising their karate skills|
Upon discovering that the Matendla School Physical Education Teacher has a black belt in karate, Sri Kiran Addala (RDF Director) initiated a Karate Program for the female students at the school.
This program is intended to encourage fitness and confidence in the girls and empower them to face challenges. This initiative recently brought acclaim to the school when 2 girls, Premalatha and Rekha, now in Class 10 won Gold and Silver in a State Level karate meet; thereafter being selected to participate in a National meet in Jammu. They won Gold and Silver there too! The girls will shortly travel to Nepal to participate in an International competition in martial arts!
The school also recently had 2 students win a place to a district level yoga championship.
One of RDF Matendla school student Jaswanth (circled in picture) selected for sports school who is among the football team under 14 category. His team, the Telangana Sports school has won the Coco-Cola Under 14 Inter school football tournament defeating St. Sndrews school in finals. Its a great achievement for the RDF matendla school and an inspiration to all RDF schools.
RDF Matendla School, 3 girls were selected for fencing state level competition.
Taekwondo is introduced in addition to Karate for self defence. Students practice daily before and after schools hours and develop their self defence skills and their confidence levels.