Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Pratisthan (BKSP) a sports institute located at Savar, about 28 km north-west of Dhaka city. The institute was established in 1986 with the objective of developing sports in Bangladesh. It is an autonomous institution managed by a Board of Governors headed by the Minister of Youth and Sports. The Director General is the chief executive of the institute.
BKSP admits students in different areas of sports such as athletics, basketball, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, swimming, shooting and tennis. Basic training programme is of maximum eight years for athletics, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, shooting, tennis. Students under thirteen years of age are admitted to class VII. But in the categories of boxing, gymnastics and swimming students below ten years of age are admitted to class IV. However, the age limit can be relaxed in case of exceptionally promising candidates.
BKSP is a residential institute. Students are accomodated in four hostels for the boys and one for girls. In addition to accommodation, students are provided with food, medical treatment, sports materials and the like. However, the students have to pay tuition fees to be determined on the basis of the income of the guardian.
Alongside sports training, BKSP provides general education to all the trainees up to degree level under the syllabi of public schools and colleges. It is affiliated with the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education and the National University. An important aspect of BKSP is its Sports Science Department which offers courses on sports medicine, exercise physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, bio-mechanics, general theory, and method of training. Its manifold objectives include identifying the sports talents and giving them support; to provide prospective coaches, referees and umpires to impart coaching to all national teams participating in international competitions.
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