Mumbai Schools Sports Association’s (MSSA) lease of their ground might be pending renewal, but that doesn’t stop them from going all out to promote sports on social networking sites.
Anil Dias talks to their Director of Administration, Savio Abraham
MSSA started their facebook page. How will it benefit?
We got the facebook page purely because our president Fr. Jude Rodrigues wants MSSA to be interactive with the students who play out there. And since everyone is on facebook, we thought it was the best way to promote sports. Also, the children cannot only keep themselves updated with what’s happening here, but they can also start liking their school pictures, and even keep a tab on their opponents.
How many schools do you’ll intend reaching out to?
We plan to reach out to all our 360 schools. We intend on connecting with people who have played for MSSA in the past. In fact, these people are the ones who are keeping the page active by sharing anecdotes about the games they have played here.
Earlier there used to be around 2,000 odd spectators watching the games, but now with great difficulty, there’s barely even 100. What do you think is the reason behind that?
The main problem of people not coming to watch the games is the lack of publicity. Schools earlier used to get buses full of their students to come to cheer their team on. I think if schools can start doing that, then the stands will be full again.
There are complains regarding the poor state of the ground. What is going to be done to rectify that?
Our vision is to get an artificial turf. But for that we have to get the required permissions. Getting an excellent turf will revolutionise school sports in Mumbai.