Pune: Dr Vrishali Bhosale is an educationist by profession and a doctor by choice--perfectly fitting in both roles and to get associate membership of Nehru Hockey Society is no mean achievement.
She has been the cornerstone of instituting an all-India SNBP School Hockey tournament and in only two years this tournament has become the sought after destination for outstation teams for the sheer professional way it has been organised.
“I was always interested in sports since my school days, and though I took part in different games somehow I could never give time for sports and then I got busy in college and career,” Dr Bhosale told Sakal Times in an interview.
“But when we decided to organise all-India tournament, it was my way of giving something to sport which I always wanted to since my school days,” said Dr Bhosale.
Girls team on priority
“Since SNBP boys hockey team has begun to do well, it is my mission to prepare an equally strong girls hockey team and send them to play in big torunaments,” is how Dr Bhosale expressed her desire to empower girl students.
Already there are plans in place to have SNBP Sports Academy where students will get proper training in the sport for their choice.
“Hockey is our sport and it is so exciting to watch players in action,” she said.
Recently, SNBP boys team was invited to play in an Invitational Schools tournament in the UAE at Dubai Sports Centre wherein Malaysia, Oman and Singapore also took part. The SNBP school finished runners-up to Malaysia losing 1-2.
But now I want my students to play in Delhi and raise the standard of our tournament,” said Dr Bhosale, who last year handed out mediclaim policies worth Rs 1.5 lakh to all 500 players.
SNBP’s contribution to sport
- It has been two years since an all-India level school hockey tournament is being organised in Pune and the way event has been organised so far, SNBP has received appreciation from all quarters.
- The performance of SNBP boys team since then has been exemplary and it was invited to play in the United Arab Emirates in a five-nation tournament where they did well.
- The efforts taken by Dr Vrishali Bhosale to promote hockey were well noted and the Nehru Hockey Society, which invited her as chief guest for the school final, offered her associate membership.
I was fascinated by the story of Dhyanchand’s meeting with Hitler and always wanted to do something for our national sport, hockey, which I feel is more action-packed and exciting game.
—Dr Vrishali Bhosale
(President, SNBP Group)