Sports in HaldwaniSports have always been a major indulgence amongst the people of Haldwani. Almost every street in Haldwani is filled with youngsters playing a different kind of sport. Children in this city start playing cricket or football at a very early age.
Sports shops are easily accessible and children get good quality sports goods from these shops. Not only cricket or football, but we can see the young generation of Haldwani indulging themselves in sports like boxing, swimming, badminton, hockey, karate and table tennis. Snooker and billiards are finding their place amongst other sports and many kids have started finding their passion with these sports. Few of the people who are not able to afford expensive sports goods take up sports like cock fighting and kabaddi. But generally, the people of Haldwani have a passion for sports and because of that a few societies in Haldwani are working hard for the betterment of the youngsters who they deem to be talented in sports. Haldwani, being a hilly area has amazing views. Playing any sport in this city with beautiful mountains in the background can never get you tired.
Haldwani also hosts many tournaments. The North India Open Snooker Tournament was held in Haldwani in 2013; plans are being made to host the 2014 Snooker Tournament over here as well. The winner of 2013 tournament got a cash award. Because of this, snooker gained more popularity in recent time and it also acts as a stress-buster for youngsters who enjoy the game without worrying about the heat and sweat.
Since cricket is a famous sport in mostly all the cities of India, how can Haldwani be left behind? There are many cricket academies in Haldwani and many cricket clubs as well. In Haldwani, cricket is played professionally also and also on the streets.
Karate is being explored as a sport these days. Not only does it help the children take out time to exercise and indulge in a sport, it also helps improve self-defense. Women and girls have started taking keen interest in karate and have gained a lot of self-confidence from this sport. Karate Championships are being held in Haldwani from time to time. The last Karate Championship was held in 2013 at Shivalik International School, which was supported by ‘Karate Point’ and ‘Martial Art India’, and was inaugurated by the Mayor of the State himself.
Hockey cannot be ignored in Haldwani. Being the national sport of India, Hockey has helped youngsters find patriotism in their hearts as well. The youngsters feel a sense of pride when they are playing hockey. Hockey Championships are held here as well and much enthusiasm is seen amongst the locals as they cheer for the participants. The National Sub-Junior Women’s Hockey Championship was held here this year and people from nearby cities also had come to watch this interesting sport being played.
Badminton is another sport which is very interesting and is especially popular among young women and girls. People play it on the street without a net or boundaries.
Haldwani Cricket AcademyThis Academy is part of the Sacred Heart School and helps give training and coaching to students on this field. Many games of ricket have been played here and VIPs from different walks of life have been invited to view those matches. This Academy is open from 3 pm to 6 pm every day except Sunday.
Address: Sacred Heart School, Near water tank, Jaghdamba Nagar, Haldwani
Ph. No. – 8755702881