13th August 2019 (Clean Drive) - To mark 10th Year of Khelshala, we have started a cleanliness drive in village Attawa to sensitize the local community about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. On that day, St. John school, Don Bosco Navjeevan Society and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh joined hands with us to make this drive a success.
03rd to 09th August 2019 - Social Service Camp is a Khelshala's initiative where people from all over the world visit Khelshala. This year Maya and Lena Thakor from US attended the camp. They were returned back to their country with a lot of learning experience in squash and beautiful moments with Khelshala children.
05th August 2019 - Khelshala has collaborated with Child-friendly City Initiative, which is a commencement towards spreading awareness among children started by Don Bosco Navjeevan Society. On 5th August 2019, they have visited Khelshala to form a Child Parliament with our kids as well as organized an awareness seminar.
04th August 2019 - Our Trustee/founder Satinder Pal Bajwa has been invited by one of the prestigious institution Indian School of Business (ISB) to discuss about the importance of sports in day to day life and sharing his journey from Harvard to Khelshala.
16th July 2019 - Our Academic Partner St. John’s High School, Chandigarh has organized an awareness session for our Khelshala children about the importance of trees in our life. Along with that, they planted a number of trees, which is a symbol of prosperity in the relationship between St. John’s and Khelshala.
08th July 2019 - Khelshala has come up with its own Academic Curriculum, which has started implementing from July 2019. It includes weekly assessments to monitor our children in all aspects related to their development.
19th July 2019 - Khelshala has attended an annual celebration of Child Friendly City Initiative, a step towards making a city child friendly by Don Bosco Navjeevan Society.
On 27th June 2019 - 25 Squash players from Khelshala participated in "Chandigarh State Squash Championship 2018-2019" organised at Lake Sports Complex, Chandigarh. Out of which, we grabbed 11 Medals in Category Girls/Boys U-11, U-15, U-17, U-19, and women.
On 22nd June 2019 - Priya Gupta, Young India Fellow at Ashoka University, completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Arts. Along that, she was a member of a team of five students that were chosen amongst the best 3 teams (out of 58) for the ELM (Experiential Learning Module) project.
On 4th June 2019 - Rahul Roy, a former Cornell Alumni, who now lives in Dubai visited Khelshala with his wife and children. Mr. Roy has also been a benefactor and well-wisher of Khelshala for many years.
On 2nd May 2019 - Total of 11 student - 4 not in picture - completed their 10th and 12th board examination by achieving good grades.
On 26th April 2019 - 30 students participated in "Gymkhana Club MDC-1 Squash Open 2019" tournament held at Panchkula from 26th April - 28th April, 2019.
On 2nd April 2019 - Khelshala organized a counseling seminar for students under the guidance of our Legal Advisor Mr. Rajshekhar (LL.B) to encourage them to pursue the right path for the future.
On 24th November 2018 - Khelshala student Abhishek Kumar grabbed the winner seat (BU17) in Khelshala 3rd Junior Squash Open 2018.
On 24th October 2018 - Mr. Chetan Mehrotra visited our Village Majra site.
On 22nd September 2018 - Khelshala's very own Sonu Kumar received sports merchandise from Salming Sports India as a part of his 1-year sponsorship.
On 16th July 2018 - Social service camp.
On 29th July 2018 - Khelshala receives a token of friendship from SquashBond Israel
On 1st August 2018 - Starts Cab service for Khelshala students at Village Majra.
Our Khelshala’s very own Priya Gupta adds another milestone to her tally of achievements after being awarded the Young India Fellowship (YIF) from Ashok University.
On 12th March 2018 - It was an immense pleasure for everyone at Khelshala to meet our most senior board member Anil sir after a long span of 5 years.
Extra curricular: On may 17th 2017, Khelshala introduces Martial Arts to the kids, appointing Mr. Rajiv Kumar to teach them self defence and help them develop their mental and physical strength over the summer.
On April 20th, Gaurav Natekar - Asian Games gold medallist, India's former number 1 tennis player and CEO of Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis academies (MBTA) - visited our second Khelshala site Majra in order to host an MBTA/Khelshala Camp in September.
A fruitful association began in May 2017 between Khelshala and the Rotary Club when they offered one of our kids, Abhishek Kumar to take part for free in one of their RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) camps. On July 8th, an entire team of the Rotary (including their treasurer, secretary and Director) came to Khelshala for a presentation on dental hygiene and cancer awareness, attended by all our kids and their parents.
From November 26th to 30th, Khelshala hosted its first 2 star National Circuit Squash Tournament in Chandigarh, sanctioned by S.R.F.I. 164 junior squash players from all over India competed, including 22 of our own kids. 2 of them - Akhilesh and Sonu Kumar - made it to the quarter finals while Abhishek Kumar progressed to the semi finals and finished 4th.
Tim Wyant, a founder member and currently the President of NUSEA (National Urban Squash and Education Association), visited Khelshala in Chandigarh on 12th June 2015 and interacted with the children and staff at both our sites at Majra and Attawa.
This sports day was a resounding success and was attended by 200 people from different walks of life. The day commenced with the Tri-Village march in which students from Primary & Secondary School from vilage Majra, Khelshala children and staff along with the team from St. John’s School Chandigarh and other local communities participated with enthusiasm.
All sporting activities like volleyball, badminton, table tennis, lawn tennis, fun athletics were enjoyed by everyone. Other activities like dance, aerobics, yoga added to the fun. The main highlight of the day was the tug of war, which involved all age groups and enabled them to mix with each other and break the ice.
Everyone had a gala time and we hope to exceed the number of attendees next year with all the love and support we get.
Priya Gupta, who has been a student at Khelshala since Khelshala was founded back in 2009, was recently invited to participate in a TV discussion about the role of sports as a part of education in a child's life. She was part of the panel in the pilot episode of Bollywood star Aamir Khan's new live TV show Mumkin Hai.
We are proud of the way Priya handled herself on the show and of the answers she gave in the presence of eminent TV and sports personalities including the likes of Aamir Khan, Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh.
Priya is one of Khelshala's most promising students. She was the recipient of a full scholarship to Sacred Heart, a private school in Chandigarh, and ranked 15th in squash in the nation. Even though she is still a student herself, Priya also mentors younger children at Khelshala.
The show aired live on Star TV at 12.30pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014.
A team from internationally reputed IT company Winshuttle, recently visited us at Khelshala to review our computer lab. They have been kind enough to offer to support and develop a computer curriculum for our students to follow.