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Samarth Vyayam Mandir

       Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir, a pioneeer Physical Education Institution located in Shivaji Park, in the heart of Mumbai, is working relentlessely in this field for the last 73 years.
       About 1200 children engage themselves every evening on the grounds of its Sheth Magaldas Verma Kreeda Bhavan admeasuring an area of about 1000 sq.mtrs.
       The institution concentrates on indigenious games as well as contemparary sports disciplnes like Mallakhamb, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Yoga, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Body Building, Weight lifting, Atheletics, Basketbal, Volley Ball, Judo, Karate and exercises like Lezim,Dand-Baithak, Lathi, Lakdi etc.
       The unique feature of this entire training setup is that most of the teachers render their services in an absolutely honarary capacity.The coaches, basically the past students of the Institution, are engaged in producing not only the champions but also the future teachers who will in turn carry on the tradition and keep the motto "for the cause of sports" alive.
       The training fees are absolutely nominal i.e Rs 5/- per month.The institution is open to all, irrespective of any caste,creed or religion and without any age or sex bar.
       The institution has so far produced more than 1000 National champions in different sport disciplines and about 20 of them have been conferred 'Shree Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Award' by the Govt.of Maharashtra. Over 30 students of the institution have represented the country in different International sports event.
       The institute conducts two Yoga Centres for adult men and women,runs a Govt.recognised D.Ed.course as well as a part time unaided Certificate Course in Physical Education-D.P.E. A library on sports and allied publications is also a salient feature of this institute.
       The Institution conducts 6 coaching camps throughout the year in various sport disciplines. The summer coaching camp, in its 24th consecutive year,is not only unique in its concept but also in its conduct. It is known as the oldest and largest camp in India.
        Over 2000 participants in varied age group of 5 to 45 yrs ,participate in the 10 days camp which runs in two sessions-morning and evening,2 hrs each. Over 200 coaches in different age groups work voluntarily and impart basically free hand exercise training without apparatus so that participants can continue the same at their residence even after the camp.        Nutritious diet is also offered to all the participants in morning as well as evening sessions. The basic raw abilities such as speed, strength and flexibility as well as psychological abilities such as concentration, perseverance, courage etc are assessed during the camp.        Agewise norms,seperate for men and women, pertaining to these abilities have been developed over years of research and experiments. The participants are evaluated according to their individual merits and those qualifying the minimal requirements get priority in admission for the year round training.
       During Diwali camp, greeting card competitions are conducted whereas in other camps best handwriting, elocution ,debate, mono acting and singing competitions are also conducted through which the aim is to develop an individual in totality.

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