Manorama Club Award: YMA, Thiruvallam, creates ripples of change | Sports News

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The Younger Males’s Affiliation (YMA), one of many six finalists for the Manorama Sports activities Membership Award 2020-21, has been making waves within the swimming area for the previous 5 many years. Located at Thiruvallam on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the YMA was established in 1967 by a bunch of native children who had a ardour for aquatic sports activities, particularly swimming and water polo. The membership, which additionally has a robust volleyball staff, has produced many proficient swimmers and has carried out rather a lot to take the leisure sport to the subsequent degree. 

Remarkably, the variety of YMA merchandise who landed authorities jobs beneath sports activities quota would come round 150. A lot of them nonetheless actively participate within the affairs of the membership and hold the bond intact. Just lately, the alumni of the YMA pooled in a great quantity to purchase a 32-cent land for the membership to assemble a swimming pool with fashionable facilities. 

The YMA started with imparting coaching to children within the locality in volleyball and badminton. The membership began offering swimming classes to kids in 1971. It was on the Karamana River near Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Temple the place a whole bunch of hundreds of villagers discovered the fundamentals of swimming. There are over two dozens of worldwide swimmers and over 100 national-level swimmers who rose by the ranks of the YMA.  YMA merchandise even have a robust presence in a number of departmental groups within the nation.

At present, the YMA trains over hundred aspiring swimmers in several methods of swimming from primary to superior degree. The teaching lessons are being supplied freed from value. Those that full the coaching programme make it some extent to move on their information and abilities to the subsequent technology. 

When the YMA considered having an personal swimming pool six years in the past, the membership’s alumni community, which has round 100 members who’re in authorities service, pitched in and donated Rs 40,000 every to purchase a 32-cent plot to satisfy that long-standing dream. About 60 % of the development works of the pool, which has a size of fifty metres and a breadth of 16 metres, has been accomplished.  Every member of the membership contributed Rs 20,000 to lift Rs 45 lakh for the preliminary development works. The membership has additionally availed loans and invested in chit fund schemes to mobilise funds.  

Seven years in the past, the YMA had shifted the coaching centre to a non-public swimming pool within the space. The lease for the power was Rs 15,000 per 30 days. After the proprietor hiked the lease, the membership had no possibility however to vacate the place. YMA returned to the Karamana River, the place it began, and for the previous two months, swimming lessons are being held there. 

“The work on the brand new pool is within the closing part. Hopefully, we will begin utilizing the brand new facility by June,” mentioned membership president R R Nair.  

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