"All work and no play makes jack a dull boy" is a common
maxim liked by all. It rightly befits Kullu, which provides good
facilities as well as opportunities for games. The government
has taken various measures to promote sports in the valley.
The landscapes of Kullu are such that they provide an ideal setting
for adventure sports, either it is river rafting, rock climbing
or trekking. To train the interested people in this field, a training
centre is functional in Manali. Not just that a lot more is provided
other than adventure sports, various sports training centres are
also run in the valley where people can learn their favorite sport
and excel in that. Following are the training centres that run
in the valley:
Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied
institute established in 1961 aims at training the youth in adventure
sports and thereby developing their abound personality. It is
run by the government of Himachal Pradesh and conducts activities
viz. rock-climbing, trekking, water rafting, skiing, mountaineering
and adventure courses. The Directorate offers all these adventure
activities to one and all by way of live training courses.
The interested applicants should directly correspond with the
training centre for course booking. The essential qualification
for any course is matriculation and knowledge of Hindi and English
is required. Candidates are selected for the course on first-cum-first
served basis, subject to fulfillment of all conditions. The minimum
age required is 12 years for any course except for skiing. A fee
concession is granted to residents of Himachal Pradesh. The institute
provides hostel facility. The instructors here are quite efficient
and are experienced in National and International expeditions.
The government of Himachal Pradesh award certificates.
Youth Services and Sports Department
department for youth services and sports is conducting various
coaching courses for the youth of the district. The various coaching
courses for games like football, hockey, kabaddi, kho-kho, handball,
table tennis, basketball and volleyball are conducted.
The District Sports Officer grants donations for the promotion
of various games. The application forms to seek admission to the
coaching courses can be obtained from the DSO. Coaching classes
for these are conducted in Kullu, except for volleyball that are
held in Manali. These classes are conducted free of cost, whereas
the certificates are awarded to only those candidates who attend
the camp. DSO, Kullu, issues the certificates on behalf of the
government of Himachal Pradesh.
Though there is no specific institution run by the government that provides
training in martial arts, yet there are a number of private training
centres that conduct classes for this purpose. All these coaching
centres are registered under Deputy Commissioner of Kullu. They
have varying fees for the course and teach various forms of art.
Styles of martial art prevalent in the valley are Okinava, Goje-ryu,
Shigo kou, Tiakwando, Shito-ryu and Judo.