The academic growth of the Cadets at Rashtriya Military Schools is substantially augmented with a wide range of sports and games embedded within the curriculum. The Schools have facility for pursuance of almost all sports and games. The Cadets are encouraged to actively participate in games and sports and specialized coaching is imparted by trained Army personnel. The academic calendar of the school schedules a number of sporting events and competitions, to create in the cadets the required competitive edge. The Schools provide facilities for daily games in Football, Hockey, Cricket, Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Boxing and Athletics. Daily morning P.T. is compulsory for the Cadets.
RMS Ajmer has its own sporting history. The indomitable spirit was once again felt on every field boys entered; ‘grit and never say die attitude’ was evident on every sportsman’s face. Each performance was distinct in various tournaments held in the city and outside Ajmer.
Games and Sports are an integral part of the educational curriculum and have been a forte of the students ever since the school was established. Playfields are spread out encircling the academic and residential buildings and they provide an ideal setting for developing the mental and physical faculties of cadets and teachers. Physical education and sporting activities go a long way towards developing confidence, discipline and team spirit. The requisite emphasis on sports has increased because the school has mostly been a nursery for the NDA, where due stress is laid on these aspect.
The most significant feature of the school is the endeavour for an all-round development of its students. Their balanced involvement in games and sports ensures attainment of the basic aim of education of developing a perfect personality comprising balanced development of physical, moral and intellectual faculties. Inter-house tournaments are conducted at junior and senior levels to ensure maximum participation in various games. To develop leadership qualities, the spirit of competition and bonhomie, ‘pentangular Meets’ are held periodically amongst the five RMSs. Cadets have not only done exceptionally well at the school level but have excelled at IPSC, Inter-school, district, state and national level tournaments. The necessary sports infrastructure and the devoted staff in the school have produced Olympians, Arjuna awardees, vice chancellors of sports universities and sportsmen of national and international repute.
OutDoor Sports Infrastructure
The school provides facilities for almost all major games. The infrastructure includes
• 06x Football fields
• 02x Synthetic Basketball Courts
• 03x Basketball Courts
• 03X Volleyball Courts
• 01x outdoor boxing ring
• 01x Hockey ground
• 01x 25-metre Swimming Pool
• 01x Olympic size Athletics field.
Facilities also exist for Lawn Tennis and Badminton which have lately become popular with the cadets.
Two state-of-the-art basketball courts complete with synthetic surface, glass boards, lighting poles and allied accessories were constructed in 2018 through Sports Activity Grant funds at a cost of Rs 24.41 lakh. They have been aptly named after Shri Hanuman Singh (1365, PJ, 1959-67), an Arjuna Awardee in basketball.
The Athletic Ground and the stadium are used regularly for physical training and athletics events. The Athletics Stadium is named after Col Subhash Thakan (1109, AK, 1955-62), an outstanding athlete, whose records in some events still remain unbroken.
However, keeping in view the ongoing increase in strength of the cadets to 450 and the vast scope to train the cadets in diving and competitive swimming, the school now needs an Olympic-sized pool.
Conduct of Physical Training and Games
There are two fully qualified and well-trained physical training instructors from the Army Physical Training Corps (APTC) who look after the physical training and sports activities of the cadets and the teachers proficient in various games and sports. It is ensured that the cadets have a healthy, happy and active school life.
The focus is on organized games with a games period of one hour daily and coaching facilities arranged as needed. This has enabled the cadets to excel in various inter-school, district and higher level sports championships. One of the most keenly contested are the sports events during the annual pentangular Meet. Some of the significant achievements in inter-school and district tournaments in the last three years are: