Karnataka and Tamil Nadu qualify from the South Zone for the National Finals of the Coca-Cola Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, 2011-2012

A platform for students to exhibit their skills and expertise at national level? Chennai, August 7th: LeapStart kick-started its fourth edition of the National Badminton Championships in Chennai today at Montfort Matriculation Hr. Sec School, Guindy. The tournament is set to witness participation from 1,500 children from100 schools, across 6 cities. The Championship flaged off in Chennai and will move to Bangalore on 11th?August.??The tournament will then hit Hyderabad, Pune, Delhi and Mumbai respectively for Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 age groups for both boys and girls. The finale will be held in Bangalore in September. ?I am always asked the age-old question of why can?t India produce more international athletes and medal winners? I believe the answer is - The lack of access and opportunities to play in competitive tournaments. LeapStart firmly believes in development ofgrass roots sport and providing such platforms is fundamental to our model?, says?Dhruv Nagarkatti, CEO, LeapStart. LeapStart is the only private company to conduct a National Badminton championship in India of this scale. This tournament provides a platform for children to compete nationally, against talent from other regions. The growing appreciation for the game of badminton amongst youngsters and the sheer number of children now pursuing it at a competitive level have propelled the need to create further opportunities in this game. About LeapStart: LeapStart,?part of?FitKids Education & Training, headquartered in Bangalore, is?India?s Premiere Sports & Physical Education program which offers complete sport and fitness solutions for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The curriculum has been designed in partnership with SPARK (Sports, Play and Active Recreation for Kids), a US-based research and public health organisation developed in the University of San Diego. About FitKids: FitKids Education and Training Pvt. Ltd., established in 2010, is India's premier company providing complete solutions in Sports & Physical Education, Creative Movement, S.T.E.M. and Career Counselling for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The programmes are holistic and age appropriate for school students and are designed to keep them active, fit and creative. Headquartered in Bangalore, FitKids currently has 200 schools in its portfolio across 70 cities in India.

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