Sports For A Positive India

India, though an ancient civilization, is a young nation. One of the strongest aspects of our country today is the vibrant youth population. With 66% (more than 808 million) population under the age of 35 India is the largest youngest nation in the world. Nearly 40% of the country’s population is aged between 13-35 years of age.
What is the significance of these statistics? How are we going to provide this huge army of young people with positive avenues of life? Government alone cannot do it. The civil society will have to take a lead in this direction. Stairs, an NGO working for the upliftment of the underprivileged youth through sports, education and health, has recognized the need of the hour. Its youth empowerment programs are sports centric to facilitate the process of creating an enabling environment for underprivileged youth to discover their realities and provide support system to elevate them.
According to the ILO, in developing economies like India, the young people cannot afford to stay unemployed over a long period, but at the same time these youngsters struggle to find decent jobs in the organized sector. As a result most youth are underemployed and struggling for the basic necessities while trying to make a living in the unorganized economy. All this coupled with the lack of education and unemployment lead the underprivileged youth into undesirable activities. The rise of juvenile crime in India is a direct result of such frustration and pent up energies making a dangerous mix. NGOs in India today have recognized sports as a potent tool for youth development programs. It’s important to channelize the young energy into more positive aspect which can give them a scope to grow and realize their capabilities, strengths and talent.
Sports has also been recognized as a powerful tool for social development by the United Nations. The benefits of involving the youth in sporting activities translate into benefits for the entire community. Those who play sports experience a high level of interaction with other individuals within and outside their community. This not only benefits the youngster but also helps in the community’s socio-economic development. Thus, in addition to personal benefits sports also has a broader impact on the overall well being of a community. Sports participation has a positive effect on reducing the involvement and exposure that the young people might have towards violence and unethical activities. Sports offer these youngsters a positive and healthier alternative to sitting idle.
In the early 1980s China was in the same position as India finds itself today. In that era China had a booming youth population and the country’s current success story is said to be a direct result of successfully channelizing the youth into economic productivity. Today, its India’s turn. With more than half of its population under the age of 35 years, our burgeoning youth population can be a boon with proper guidance, coaching, job opportunities, education. This predominance of young population is expected to last till 2050 and with proper youth developmental activities there is no reason why India cannot be the next superpower.

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Interview With Al Gosling

Paintball, at last, has come to the attention of Extreme. We’re not quite sure how it happened. The guys at Extreme aren’t quite sure how it happened but we were privileged, to say the least, to be invited down to London to meet with the man himself, Al Gosling, the founder and CEO of the Extreme Group.

Interview by Gillie Hatton
Photos provided by Extreme

Al started Extreme eleven years ago from a barn in Essex as a small TV distribution business called Extreme International. He didn’t go to university and had a number of different jobs before travelling for a year. He came back to the UK and at age 24, knew he wanted to set something up.
We believed that extreme sports would grow,” he says, and we were right. We were passionate about the sports, that was the key thing. Extreme sports eleven years ago were small, all of the brands around it were small and still growing and we just saw the opportunity to work with TV space. We started by selling TV programmes all over the world. We had lots of different series on snowboarding to surfing to mountain biking, all those types of things. We did that for four and half years before we thought, you know what, we could launch a TV channel.”

At the end of 1998, they had enough programmes to go on a TV channel. They went out and talked to lots of people to try and make it happen. Lots of ‘NO’s later, they eventually met an American Dutch cable company based in Holland run by a guy called Mark Schnider who was wanting to launch a whole load of new TV channels. Al sat down with him and agreed a joint venture, launching the TV channel in May 1999 out of Holland. So Holland was country number one, and Al ran that for three years taking it from one to 38 countries. The Extreme Sports Channel is now in 62 countries, in 12 languages and 50 million homes. Interestingly enough, the UK was country number 19 and Al sees that moment as a key point in Extreme’s history.

The launch of the TV channel on Sky in Oct 2001, after six years of building my business, was a defining moment,” he says. There were 3000 people at the party in the middle of London. Then once that got going, I brought in a new managing director for the TV channel and thought what are we going to do now?”

What he did was to take the Extreme brand and grow the business out across a number of areas. They’ve just launched a chain of hotels around the world starting with the opening of a 130 bed hotel in Cape Town with a climbing wall on the side of the hotel although fortunately there are stairs and elevators available to get to your room for the less adventurous. They’ve also launched Extreme Element promoting gift vouchers focussed around extreme sports and not a spa day or hot air balloon ride in sight, they’re quick to emphasise. There’s also Extreme Cred, a debit card which fits right into the whole cool lifestyle community that Extreme stands for.
Extreme sports are still growing at a phenomenal rate. The amazing thing is the kids come into these sports between the ages of 7 and 12 and new people are discovering them all the time,” Al says. People are getting older but there’s a love of the sport that stays. I love these sports now as much as I did when I was 15.”
He is passionate about a number of sports but skiing is his big passion, deep powder skiing and heli-skiing which is pretty amazing. I feel very lucky,” he says. I never wake up on a Monday morning and think, damn I’ve got to go to work, I’ve never had that feeling in eleven years.”

If you want a job at Extreme, send in your CV but be imaginative and aim to impress as they are inundated with CVs and it is not uncommon for CVs to arrive on surfboards and snowboards, which is all very cool.

Moving the conversation towards paintball, which is after all the reason we’re there, it’s obvious that Al and Extreme have had no problem seeing paintball as an extreme sport but the sticking point has always been how to get it on TV. In a phone call several years ago at a time when we were first promoting the Paintball Association and PBUK, I asked Al if there was an issue with the ‘gun’ element of our sport. He answered, as he does now, that it’s not that at all. He’s just been waiting for something to land on his desk that he can see will be entertaining enough to put on the channel. And it hasn’t happened so far.

What has happened now is that Extreme can see the potential in Paintball and are willing to throw their weight behind it as they have down with other extreme sports.
For me, what any sport needs to think is that we need to make a series of programmes where there is a massive entertainment factor,” he says, and the bigger that entertainment factor, the more likelihood you’ll get it on the TV channels. Believe it or not, at the end of the 1970′s Formula One was dead and Bernie Ecclestone for three years gave Formula One away to TV channels all over the world. He created a theatre around it and now is able to command billions of dollar for TV rights. I’ve seen a number of formats for paintball and at some point, you’ll hit onto a TV format that really works but it hasn’t been done yet.

Paintball is great to play but when you get into watching it, it’s difficult to see. The standard game of paintball is not engaging enough for TV. Forget the sport, it’s about making entertaining TV.”
Extreme are looking for stuff all the time and everything has potential to get on the screen.

Extreme Mayhem as a concept is designed to help Extreme drive paintball forward and is the brainchild of Duncan Farber and Lis Hunt, involving the sites at rental level to bring people into the game.
Extreme Mayhem was an accident to be brutally honest,” Al says. We saw that this area of the sport is something that we really want to drive in to. Duncan said there is an opportunity to drive paintball as a sport forward if we do this, this and this. They came to me and told me the situation. Am I a mad keen paintballer? No, but from my perspective if we can take the brand and help a sport, that’s a great thing to be doing. If that brings people into the sport and helps it to get bigger, that’s a good thing.”
Something that impresses us is that Extreme are determined to avoid the politics and pitfalls that have hampered paintball for so many years.

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Championship Youth Wrestling

Have you ever wondered why some people succeed while others fail? 97% of the population is destined to fail and only the Top 3% will truly succeed.

Look around you, you can see the 97% taking the short cuts, taking the easy way out. There is opportunity for the Top 3% because the 97% do not have the “Need” to be successful.

The reality is that 97% of the people are going to fail at whatever it is they are going to do. Or maybe they are not going to necessarily fail but they are not going to achieve that top level. State Champions are Top 3%ers. It’s the top 3% that get the college scholarships. It is the top 3% that get that great job coming out of college. And so many people wish they were in the top 3%, wish they were able t get that varsity spot. They wish they were able to get that job, they wished that they got that scholarship. But there is a big difference between a wish, a want, and a need.

When ever I am in a gathering of wrestlers and I see someone giving a speech that asks; Who wants to be a champion? Those that wish to be a champion raise their hands first. But the guys that raise their hand the first are usually the guys that wish to be a state champion. The guys that usually are a little bit slower to raise their hand are the guys that actually think about the question, they think about what does it take to be a state champion, what does it take to get that scholarship.

My personal belief is that we as human beings are capable of anything. We are capable of achieving any level we want to achieve. We just have to do it and you know I would like to say success leaves clues. If you want to be a state champion find three or four state champions, find out what they did and do what they did and you will most likely become a state champion. If you want to get a college scholarship for wrestling or for football or for academics, find three or four people that have done that, find the commonalities between them and do that. I mean you are going to have the anomaly where a kid happens to luck into scholarship or somebody gets injured on the team and somebody else gets thrown into the varsity spot. That’s not really earning it, that’s not really achieving that as a success.

That’s really having a lucky circumstance and to be honest with you luck, is when preparation meets opportunity. You will get lucky if you are prepared to capitalize on the luck when it happens. But the real point is that you have got to be willing to be the top 3%, and how do you that? Well a number of things, when you are in the wrestling room and you are working out and the coach says to do 20 pushups, you have got to do 20 pushups. Not only do you need to do 20 pushups, you need to do 25 pushups. Not only do you need to 25 pushups, you need to do 25 perfect pushups. You need to do it when your arms are burning and your lungs are hurting and you are tired and you are dripping of sweat and you just do not think you’ve got it, you have got to do it then, that’s the 3%.

If you look around the room you will easily find the guys that are just bobbing their head and have their arms half bent and have their backs bent or their butts in the air, that’s the 97%. Do you want to be the 97% or do you want to be the top 3%. It is a direct decision that you have to make. One of the big things about being in the top 3% is what you do when nobody is looking. When I say that what do you do when coach tells you, okay we have got a holiday break, you guys need to be running, you guys need to be working out at home, you know what do you do over that break. You sit and watch TV and hang out with your friends and go to the mall or do you get up in the morning and get your three mile run in.

Do you do sit-ups and pushups on your own? Do you shadow wrestle in the yard or up in the school or in your room, you know what are you doing to give that extra, to be that top 3% because somebody, somebody is doing those things and you don’t know when you are going to run into them. You may run into them at a local tournament, you may run into them at a national tournament, you may run into them at the state qualifier, sectionals, regionals, or you may run into them at state or they may bump you out of a spot for your high school team or your college team. You don’t know when you are going to run into that guy and you really want to be that guy. You really need to be that guy, you don’t wish to be that guy.

You want to be that guy and you need to be that guy. Now for me the difference between a want and a need is the determination to make it happen. If you want to be the top 3% then you have got to know what it takes to be the top 3%, you’re going to have looked at the guys that have done it before, you know the people that have done it before and this is the same holds true with a job with getting good grades, with getting that varsity spot, with getting that college scholarship, its all the same. Find people that have had done it and do what they do, that is the one.

The need is when you start sacrificing things to make that happen. What are you willing to give up to make that happen and to be honest with you I don’t think most people are willing to give up any thing. We as people have grown lazy mentally and physically and we say, yeah I want to be a state champion but you know we got a birthday party we got to go to this weekend so I am not going to be able to go to the event. I am not going to be able to do any extra on Sunday because I got to, I got to do some things around the house, I have you know some home work to catch up on. Everybody has that.

Everyone has a life outside wrestling with a job, kids, a wife, kids sports, a yard to mow. Realize that we all have that. There is nobody that has any more hours in a day. God did not give somebody 27 hours and gave the rest of us 24 hours. It is up to us what we do with the 24 hours in a day we have been given. Try to sit down and write a list of everything you did in a 24 hour period. I bet you could only account for 12 to 18 hours in a day.

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Jobs

With the economy still recovering from the financial crisis, many would expect finding a new job to be difficult. However, hundreds of new vacancies are produced every day, waiting for eager job hunters to snatch them up.

Over the course of 2012 so far, there have been numerous stories about big brand companies creating hundreds of jobs as part of an expansion plan. We’ve heard stories from successful companies like Amazon, Sports Direct and Tesco, all starting an exciting UK hiring spree. Large international companies like these can be daunting for some job seekers though, and so the constant stream of new vacancies from smaller companies has been welcomed too.

As we approach Christmas too, many companies look to hire extra staff to support the demand over the winter period. So those still searching frantically for a new job for the extra cash over Christmas, keep an eye out for extra career opportunities approaching soon. Although many of these positions may be only temporary contract, most employers will look to keep some Christmas staff on, so ensure you make a good impression to keep your Christmas job . One key example is supermarket giant, Sainsburys, who look to recruit over 15,000 new staff for Christmas!

When applying for jobs, always ensure your CV is relevant and up to date. Take your time with each job application and stay passionate about the job role you are applying for. The key in applying for jobs successfully is to ensure each application is of a high quality rather than sending out many ‘generic’ applications all at once. Whether it is for a business and finance career, or a job in production, the employer will want to see your skills that are relevant to the job and how you will benefit their company better than another applicant. Ask a family member or friend to read over your application before you send it to ensure it is all written correctly.

Use CV-Library to find detailed advice about applying for jobs or attending an interview.
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Police Community Support Officer

A Police Community Support Officer or PCSO is a person who has similar rights to those of a police officer. A PCSO is a person who often works with local communities to combat crime. A PCSO is uniformed person but they do not have the power of arrest. They play a major role in combating crime, acting as a deterrent by patrolling the street and often deal with anti social behavior. The role of the PCSO have grown in popularity in recent years and it is now seen by some as a stepping stone to becoming a police officer.rnrnHistory of Police community support officerrnrnPolice community support officers were introduced by the Police Reform Act 2002 in England and Wales. Acceptance of the proposal for PCSOs in Northern Ireland was rejected by a budget deficit in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.rnrnPolice officers cannot, by law, join any trade union, but as non-police officers, the Community Support Officer is an exception. The role of the community officer is not and should not be confused with the role of a special constable. A special constable is a citizen who volunteers to works a police officer for a minimum of 16 hours per month. PCSO\’s work full time often on a shift basis in a similar way to police officers.rnrnAs a police community support officer you will work alongside the police, patrolling the local area, dealing with minor incidents and offences. You would provide assistance to the police and a visible presence in the area to reassure the public. Part of the reason behind the introduction of the community officer was to try and restore confidence in the public that something visible was being done to reduce crime.rnrnDuties and work of the police community support officerrnrnPCSO\’s duties would fluctuate depending on the requirements of the local police force and but they most probably include:rnrn-Dealing with public disturbances and anti-social behaviorrnrn-Help to direct trafficrnrn-protecting crime scenesrnrn-giving advice on crime avoidance to members of the local communityrnrn-writing fixed penalty notices for anti-social behaviorrnrn-keeping a susceptive in custody until a police officer arrivesrnrn-Providing assistance at large public events, such as sports events and public protests.rnrnSometimes PCSO works by own or in pairs or in small teams, under the direction of the police leader in local area.rnrnPCSOs work 37 hours a week, in a shift system, usually covering the hours between 8am and midnight, including weekends and public holidays. There are opportunities to work part-time and fl exible hours.rnrnThey carry radios so that they can communicate with police control rooms and other colleagues. PCSOs spend most of their time out on patrol, usually on foot or possibly also on a bicycle. They work in pairs or small teams, and in liaison with their police officer colleagues.rnrnNecessary qualificationsrnrnThere are no formal or educational qualifications required to become a community officer and this is why this job has continued to grow in popularity. There is a minimum age restriction requirement that the person applying has to be 16 years of age. However, some police forces will also require that the candidate have experience of working within the community whether it is paid or voluntary, and it may be helpful if the candidate have a driving license.rn

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