BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & The Swaminarayan School, London
Saturday 16 July 2011
This National Balika Mandal Premvati Cup was held on Saturday 16 July 2011 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London and The Swaminarayan School. 17 teams from the UK participated with great enthusiasm in the netball tournament to challenge for the awards on offer.
The day commenced with registration, followed by the opening ceremony which included the deep pragatya, accompanied by the recital of Vedic mantras. After a brief introduction to rules and the day’s timetable, the balikas excitedly set off to their designated venues to begin playing their matches.
All balikas in the age group 6-8 and 12-14 played their matches at the Mandir gym whilst Balikas in the age group 9-11 played in the Swaminarayan School gym. The matches were played throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Amongst the pressures of qualifying for the semi-finals, the players took regular breaks by enjoying the refreshments that were provided.
After lunch, balikas began to cheer on those teams playing in the semi-finals and finals. The gym was filled with an atmosphere of excitement, encouragement and lots of noise in support of the remaining teams.
The day concluded with an awards ceremony, which took place in the Mandir Haveli. Awards were handed out to the winners of each age group and also the runners-up. The top goal scorers were all awarded with trophies to mark he outstanding achievements. Parents and karyakars alike came to witness the winners receive a medal and also join everyone in thanking those who helped make the Premvati cup a resounding success!
The winners and runners up for each age category are as follows: