Channelplay Announces Outdoor Youth Program in India
« India’s leading Shopper Marketing company Channelplay, in partnership with Bangalore based adventure sport company Goodwave Adventures today announced the launch of the Channelplay Naturesports Scholarship – an adventure sport scholarship designed to promote the spirit of adventure & exploration among India’s youth. The scholarship will be based in Kodencherry – a town on the Chalipuzha and Iruvanjhipuzha river – one of the best whitewater kayaking venues in India and home of the Malabar River Festival.
The scholarship aims to provide long-term support to budding kayakers from Kodencherry in order to provide them opportunities to become world-class sportsmen in the field of Kayaking – thereby raising the sport’s profile and creating interest in the youth across the country to get closer to nature and enjoy and preserve it. The scholarship provides a monthly Stipend of two thousand, five thousand and ten thousand rupees a month for the first, second and third year to qualifying kayakers. Goodwave Adventures will provide highly subsidised training and equipment to the qualifying kayakers so they can continue to progress and meet the Scholarship’s qualification criteria.
Sundeep Holani, the founder of Channelplay and avid Naturesport enthusiast said at the scholarship’s launch « India is a place of amazing natural resources such as rivers, mountains and coastlines and it has an abundance of youth. Given the right support we have the amazing potential for India to be home to the world’s best kayakers, surfers and climbers. If we manage to make it happen, not only will it promote tourism and bring economic growth to remote areas; it will also make us more aware about our ecology, and make us better custodians of our planet. As someone whose life has been shaped by memorable days on India’s rivers and mountains – I cannot think of a better way of giving back to society – and this scholarship is a labour of love for me. »
Manik Taneja, the founder of Goodwave Adventures said « If you look anywhere in the world of nature sports like Kayaking – the champions are people who lived in places such that they could practice their sport every day. Through my work for the Malabar River Festival in Kodencherry in India and also visits to dozens of rivers across the country – I see so much local talent and enthusiasm, but unfortunately little support or infrastructure to help them succeed. I almost consider it a duty to do what I can so that young people are provided the help they need to put India on the global map for such sports. »
Next week, Goodwave Adventures will start a free week long training program for 6 college students based out of Kodenchery. Last year they trained 5 local kayakers, all of whom went on to participate in the intermediate category of the Malabar River Festival. «
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