Balak Sangha to Kickstart Year-Long Celebration of its 100 Years of Sporting Journey

Balak Sangha, a leading Sports Club of Kolkata, proudly reaches its centenary milestone and all set to start a year-long celebration, marking 100 years of unwavering commitment to sports and community.

This momentous occasion not only commemorates 100 years of Balak Sangha’s legacy but also signifies a commitment to continue excellence in various Sporting disciplines especially Cricket.

This round-the-year commemoration is not just a reflection on the past but a pledge to embrace the future with renewed vigour. The festivities kick off on 11th of February 2024, coinciding with the organization’s founding anniversary. The day’s events commence with a solemn reflection on Balak Sangha’s inception, tracing the visionary steps that laid the foundation of Club.

The festivities will kick off with a series of events designed to honour the organization’s rich history and acknowledge the contributions of its members and other stakeholders.

After the inaugural Address by the Club Officials and welcoming the dignitaries present on the occasion, the portrait of the Club’s Founder, Late Shishir Kumar Kar whose vision continues to guide and inspire the Club Members, would be garlanded.

This will be followed by the proud moment of hoisting the Club Flag, symbolizing our unity and resilience over the past century. The Flag would be hoisted by Indian Cricketing Legend Mr. Sandeep Patil, who has given his kind consent to be present at the event. His presence would certainly enrich the event and make the event memorable and inspirational for the young budding players who would be present on the occasion.

The Club would also honour legendary cricketers, coaches, and key figures who have left an indelible mark on the sports community. It would also honour individuals who have shaped the Club’s identity with sincerity and have inspired generations of aspiring cricketers and other Sportspersons.

There would be specially designed Kite Festival and Competition at the Subhas Udyan, Kolkata which is the Home Ground of Balak Sangha Club. The Kite Festival. beyond its visual splendour, embodies the spirit of unity and joy. It transcends generations, fostering a sense of community and shared delight. With each kite that takes flight, the festival weaves memories, traditions, and the collective joy of reaching new heights in the future.

Ranajit Sen, Secretary of Balak Sangha Club expressed gratitude for the unwavering support received over the past century. “As we celebrate our centenary, we reflect on

the journey that brought us here and look forward to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead. This milestone is a tribute to the dedication and trust of our members,” Ranajit Sen remarked.

“The Centenary Celebrations would put together past and present members, sports enthusiasts, and local dignitaries. The events to be held throughout the year would be a fusion of nostalgia, celebration, and anticipation for the club’s continued success in the next century. Therefore, we invite everyone to join in the celebration as these festivities aim to foster a sense of unity, pride, and gratitude.” said Avishek Dalmiya, Chairman, Centenary Celebration Committee.

Highlights of the Centenary Celebrations include:

Inauguration of centenary celebrations by renowned cricketer Mr. Sandeep Patil on 11th February followed by a Kite Festival & Competition.

Intra Club Badminton Championship will be organized in February / March 2024

Blood Donation Camp along with Health & Eye Check-up Camps to be held in April 2024

An Football Tournament will also be organized in June / July 2024

Clothes and Saree Distribution activities will be there in October 2024 before Durga Puja Festival

Inter School Cricket Tournament has been planned in November/December 2024

There would also be a Table Tennis Championship, date of which is yet to be finalised.

Closing Ceremony to be held in February 2025. An important event of the centenary celebrations is slated for an Exhibition Cricket Match featuring former players and members of the Club, culminating in a spectacular gala. This event will bring together Current and Former Players of Balak Sangha, Members, and Friends of Balak Sangha. The date of this match would be finalised soon.