ISSO National Games Pune 2019

I went to the U-17 Football ISSO National Games 2019 conducted at MIT Gurukul Vishwashanti IB world School Pune from 26th September to 28th September. This was a national tournament wherein teams came in from around the nation to participate. This was a very unique experience for our team as we had never faced that difficulty level before and we had to challenge ourselves and push beyond the limits to strive forwards and make our way towards the finals of the tournament. Although we lost in the finals, this was a great exposure for our team and this really improved our team bonding and chemistry. We were courageous and played each and every match with all our heart and energy, as the final aim to win every match, while being principled at the same time and following all the rules.

We demonstrated LO1: Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth

As a team, together we identified our own strengths and put it best to use for every playing position and at the same time, we also provided feedback to our fellow teammates and encouraged them to improve in their areas of development. We identified our own strengths and weaknesses as a team and this helped us to get to understand each other better.

We demonstrated LO2: Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process

As we progressed through this tournament, we as individuals learned new skills and found new ways to win in different circumstances. As this was a national tournament, the challenge was very high from the beginning, and therefore we trained and practised very hard and learned new skills that helped us to get this far of a tournament with such a high reputation. 

Football is the sport I love the most. It motivates me to go further in every aspect of my life. It gives me the strength and stamina to allow me to rush throughout the day and helps me remain calm and composed even in the hardest of situations. Playing this tournament was extremely important for my body and my mind. Going to this tournament helped my build a much greater respect for my coaches and my teammates as I got to know them better. Even in defeat, I learned to get up and also give a helping hand to cheer up my teammates. This is the beauty of this sport.


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