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Kandy Schools ready to resume sports activities

Kandy schools are ready to resume sports activities, which were halted due to the coronavirus epidemic

Sports have always been a part and parcel of schoolboys. When the Coronavirus says good bye schools will come out with their sports activities. Unlike in the earlier days,there is a big spectator interest at matches especially the family members of players. Whatever the reason may be Kandy schools produce some of the top sports personalities and in all sports all eight Kandy schools are blessed with good talented players and should be often in the news.

Everyone talks about the importance of fitness and exercise for kids – including us. Today let’s discuss the benefits of sports for students. Playing a sport is a great way for children to take a break from academics and release the pent-up energy. It also helps them lead full and happier lives as regular sports an d fitness activities have proven to provide not only physical benefits but also social and psychological benefits to children. Kandy covers an important role in the nation sports activities, in the last few months there was no sports due to corona epidemic. All sportsmen are held up, no activities; according to news all sports will be back in action soon.

Sri Rahula College - at one time was well known for athletics,football and hockey and later in the field of mini rugby and cricket. But today they are a major force in cricket too. Thanks to the efforts of their school staff and old boys, who have turned them into a top sporting school?

Sri Rahula College is one of Kandy’s oldest cricket playing schools, started the game of cricket in 1890’s but gave it up a few years later and were more involved with football, athletics and hockey. However, in the 1970’s they came back into cricket and was famous for Football and Hockey in the 1950’s and 60’s and later excelled in mini rugby . All in all today they give a hand for all sports. Sri Rahula College Kandy was established, by the Buddhist Theosophical Society led by The American Colonel Henry Steel Olcott. It is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest schools

St. Sylvester’s College - is a National School located in the middle of Kandy city which offers a big hand for sports. This school continues to produce good sportsmen at cricket, football, hockey, athletics, and rugby even without a proper playing field, at one time they were king makers of boxing. In 1994 during the principal ship of late Bertie Nilla goda, for the first time won the All-Island League championship and in the knockouts lost to Ananda in the semifinals, they were that year coached by Roland Perera. Judging by their present strength the Sylvestrians should do well in all sports, they are well supported by the principal and rest of the sporting staff.

Sri Sumangala College– founded as St. Paul’s College, during the old name they also produced a 1000 run maker in PrasangaTennakoon. This school gave a big hand for Football, Hockey at one time and they first played Cricket in early days later gave up and came back to the game again. They also played rugby in the 1970’s and later gave up and are back in the game.

Vidyartha College- is one of the leading Buddhist schools in the hill capital and has a proud sporting history. They have a plot of land at Nittawela where they do their practices. Vidyartha has produced some top class cricketers, ruggerites, boxers, footballers and hockey players.

Kingswood College– when they were known as Kandy boys high school, were the first school to play rugger. Today they are doing well in rugger, cricket, football, and hockey and have enjoyed all the sports.

Dharmaraja College– is also one of the oldest Buddhist sporting schools, with sports like cricket, football, hockey, and rugger and has produced good results and players in all sports. At one time they produced top class fast bowlers who did their school proud

St. Anthony’s College– at one time was a major force in school cricket, they have not only produced several champion teams but also produced some of the finest cricketers who have made Sri Lanka proud and the greatest of them all are Muttiah Muralitharan and Jack Anderson. who had the unique distinction of scoring five centuries in the 1918 season, with a mammoth 291against S. Thomas’ College. Muttiah Muralitharan the highest test wicket taker in the world They also do well in rugger, and in the good old days football was also at high level, and the first school in the country to play hockey.

Trinity College – is a school which is blessed with all facilities and produced top class talented sportsmen. They are one of the oldest Cricket and rugger playing schools in the country. Before the 2nd World War, they not only produced several top class cricketers but also produced several invincible teams. Trinity seems to be in good form in all sports they play, thanks to the support of the principal, the sporting staff and the old boys. The facilities they have a superb indoor net, bowling machine and an international stadium, a top rugby ground. One of their products in cricket is Kumar Sangakkara the present MCC president. There are many more who have done well in every sport they played.

Then the other schools in Kandy and surrounding areas like Peradeniya MV, Nugawela Central College, Chandrananda Buddhist College, D.S. Senanayake College, St. Benedicts’ College , Walala A.Rathnayake Central College, Medina Central College, Galagedera CentralCollege, Al-Azhar College , Ranabima Royal College, Mahanama College, Lumbini Royal College, Peradeniya MV , Berravettes College, Wattegama Central, Sarasavi Uyana MV., are some of the schools who are doing well in sports.

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