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Turn your love of Cricket into success with English!

British Council and Kris Srikkanth together on 9 May 2013 launched EnglishStrokes, an online course that helps you improve your English by exploring South Asia’s favourite sport, cricket.

If you want to broaden your horizons, work in an international company, study abroad or just use the internet, then English is the key.

The objective of EnglishStrokes is to enhance employment potential and lifestyle aspiration of young people by providing access to quality English language learning opportunities. As a result, they develop their confidence, accuracy, fluency and communicative ability. The aim is to provide an online English language course which is engaging and delivers supplementary learning.

Rob Lynes, Director of the British Council in India says, “Recognising the growth of digital media we have developed mobile and computer applications and online courses to reach out to learners of English directly. EnglishStrokes combines learning with fun and mobility and is a great way for young sports persons to develop English language skills”

Kris Srikkanth, renowned cricketer and owner of Sun Online says, “What better way to teach English than through cricket? EnglishStrokes is designed to let you have lots of fun and learn along the way.”

You will find listening activities, video content, games, conversations, cricketing facts, fun tasks and language exercises. You can also listen to anecdotes from some of your favourite cricket players, learn more about their profiles and watch them in action! This site gives you the confidence and skills you need to communicate effectively in English and help you achieve your goals and dreams!

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Kick-off for Kolkata Goalz

On a hot and rainy July afternoon inKolkata,UKForeign Minister Jeremy Browne kicked a football into a muddy field at Shibtala community ground in Topsia, one of Kolkata’s more deprived neighbourhoods. For the three hundred youngsters who had gathered there, it marked the beginning of a chance to change their lives through the game.

Minutes later, Madan Mitra, Hon’ble Sports Minister, Government of West Bengal, Sovan Chatterjee, Hon’ble Mayor of Kolkata and Rob Lynes, Director British Council India took turns to kick balls to the coaches and young people on the ground, signalling the launch of Kolkata Goalz, an inspirational initiative by the Premier League and British Council to encourage young people from across Kolkata to aim for a more positive future.

Kolkata Goalz is a new strand of the Premier League and British Council’s hugely successful Premier Skills programme, which uses football as a tool to engage with and develop the skills of young people. It is inspired by and modelled on the groundbreaking Kickz programme in theUK, a partnership between the Premier League and Metropolitan Police that targets youth at risk in deprived parts ofUK.

In Kolkata, the project has been launched by the Premier League and the British Council with the Kolkata Police, Kolkata Municipal Corporation, All India Football Federation and Indian Football Association (West Bengal) in association with six Kolkata Premier League Football Clubs, who will directly be involved in the delivery of the project. The six Premier League Clubs are Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, East Bengal Club, George Telegraph Sports Club, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Police Athletic Club and United Sports Club. Children’s charity Future Hope will support the project in an advisory capacity.

This is a project for young people in difficult areas. Youngsters in the age group of 12 – 18 years will join the programme. The youth, identified by the police, are those at risk, and in some of the most deprived parts of the city.

Kolkata Police have selected six neighbourhoods in Kolkata where the project will be piloted and helped in selection of the youths. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is providing the ground and infrastructure for the project in these areas.

The clubs have provided their most experienced coaches who will train the young people in the neighbourhoods, thrice a week round the year in the evenings in football and engage with them in a range of other constructive activities.

The coaches involved in the programme underwent a three-day Induction training with Rubel Ahmed from the Active Communities Network and Michael Nyarko, the Social Inclusion Manager of Crystal Palace Football Club, both of who work with the Premier League.

In this intensive but fun training programme the coaches focussed on the essence of community sports, worked on a delivery plan, learned through role play about engaging, challenging and mentoring hard to reach young people and techniques of developing volunteers. The trainers also stressed on the importance of monitoring and evaluation to measure success.

“In this room we are all experienced football coaches but you have opened our eyes to social inclusion through community sports. We will try our best to apply the learning in the training sessions with the young people,” said Kalyan Chaubey, former Mohun Bagan and India goalkeeper, speaking on behalf of the Indian coaches while thanking the trainers.

Speaking at the launch, Rob Lynes, Director British Council India thanked the partners for joining hands to achieve the key objectives of the project.

R K Pachnanda, Commissioner of Kolkata Police thanked the British Council and Premier League and reiterated Kolkata Police’s support and commitment for the project.

Kushal Das, General Secretary, All India Football Federation, speaking on behalf of the football fraternity, wished the project all success and committed their support.

Sovan Chatterjee, Hon’ble Mayor of Kolkata representing the Kolkata Municipal Corporation lauded the Kolkata Goalz initiative and said he was happy to support the project by providing the infrastructure.

Madan Mitra, Hon’ble Sports Minister, Government of West Bengal commended all the partners and stated that the Government of West Bengal was delighted that the project was being piloted in Kolkata and that his department would extend all possible support to make it a big success.

Speeches over, dignitaries took turns to demonstrate their skills in football and kicked the ball to the coaches and young people in the ground. The coaches then gave a mini-demonstration of their coaching techniques with the young people.

The training will begin soon at the six venues. As the young people wait excitedly to join the programme, we at the British Council wish the project all success. Our endeavour will be to set up a sustainable model in Kolkata which could then be potentially replicated across India in collaboration with other police departments, municipal authorities and football clubs. We hope that in the future we will be able to encourage young people from across India to aim for a more positive future.

Partners celebrate the launch with football balloons

Partners celebrate the launch with football balloons

UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne kicks a football into the Shibtala community ground in Topsia at the launch of Kolkata Goalz

Rob Lynes, Director British Council India, kicks off the programme in the presence of West Bengal Sports minister Madan Mitra, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and Commissioner of Kolkata Police RK Pachnanda

Premier League trainers Rubel Ahmed from the Active Communities Network and Michael Nyarko, the Social Inclusion Manager of Crystal Palace Football Club

Premier League trainers Rubel Ahmed from the Active Communities Network and Michael Nyarko, the Social Inclusion Manager of Crystal Palace Football Club

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

Children from different areas who will be participating in the programme in club jerseys

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Art Connections 2011

The stunning exhibition by Anish Kapoor that opened in New Delhi and Mumbai just a few weeks ago started a new chapter in the relationship between the UK and India in visual arts, underpinned by the new Cultural Agreement between our two countries that was signed in July.
During January, inspired by the amazing gathering that is the India Art Summit, the British Council is working with a huge range of partners to cement that relationship and bringing artists, curators, visual arts producers and policy-makers together, to exchange perspectives and ideas about where this cultural partnership should go next.
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Rob Lynes
Director, British Council, India

EVENTS

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18 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
Seminar
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

Journeys: Four Generations of Indian Artists in Their Own Words
at British Council
Book Launch & Panel Discussion
6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Theatre (by invitation only)

The Edinburgh Festival in India
at British Council
Presentations & Lunch
11 am – 12.30 p.m.
Theatre (by registration)

19 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
Seminar
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

One Sky Project
at British Council
Reception
6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Charbagh (by invitation)
Joint reception for The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the delegates of the One Sky Project
Exhibition
19 – 29 January, 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Queen’s Gallery (open to all)

20 January

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Goethe-Institut
Exhibition Preview
11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Siddhartha Hall, Max Muller Bhavan (by invitation only)

The exhibition is open to all from 21 – 23 January.

INDIA ART SUMMIT
VIP Preview
3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (IAS VIP pass holders)

21 January

Breakfast reception
at National Gallery of Modern Art
9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Otolith Exhibition
at Seven Art Ltd Gallery
Preview
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Indian art on the international art circuit
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Speakers amongst others include
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes & Director of International
Projects, Serpentine Gallery
Nina Miall, Director, Haunch of Venison

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Taj Palace Hotel (by invitation only)
7.30 p.m.
Winner announcement

22 January

Anish Kapoor in conversation with Homi Bhabha
at India Art Summit
12.00 noon – 1.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Anish Kapoor, Artist
Homi Bhabha, Professor and Director, Humanities Centre, Harvard University

The Khoj Marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist
at Lodi Garden Restaurant
A series of Public conversations
1.45 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Courtyard (open to all)

23 January

Shifting cultural contexts and the role of the Museum
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)
Speaker amongst others include
Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern

Exhibition

Anish Kapoor
at National Gallery of Modern Art
28 November 2010 – 27 February 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursday until 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (open to all)

Journeys
at Pragati Maidan Metro Station
By London Transport Museum

I AM A MONUMENT
at British Council
By Vishal K Dar
17 – 23 January

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