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Love All welcomes sports lovers

Badminton courts at Love All academy   | Photo Credit: Aswin V.N.

Sukesh R. Pillai recalls his college days in the city, when he used to go all the way to Shangumukham with his friends to pay and play shuttle badminton on the court behind the present Old Coffee House building. “They were wonderful days. But had there been more courts and better facilities back then, a number of people from my generation who wished to become professional players could have fulfilled their dreams,” says Sukesh, an employee of Steel Industries Kerala Limited.

It was that thought and his undying passion for sports that got him to start Love All, a badminton academy in PTP Nagar. Run by his wife, Seena Pillai, the academy has an indoor stadium with badminton courts and an artificial cricket turf.

Aesthetic planning

Located near a Corporation swimming pool inside PTP Nagar, those entering the Love All compound are welcomed by a long, open verandah done in the traditional style, with slanting mud-tiled roof supported by pillars from one end to the other of the verandah. There are wooden benches, iron lockers and a refrigerator with branded drinks, while framed wall art of Buddha, Rocky and Sachin Tendulkar, complete with inspirational quotes, adorn the white walls. “I designed the place myself and I wanted to a traditional and green touch to it,” says Sukesh.

Sukesh R. Pillai

Sukesh R. Pillai   | Photo Credit: Aswin V.N.

The stadium behind the verandah has three wooden shuttle badminton courts. “The surface is made of German Oak. It is the best wood for indoor sports due to its strength and durability,” he says while taking me around the courts where children are being coached. Although it lacks a gallery, the indoor stadium has hosted a number of short tournaments between local clubs since 2016.

But what makes the academy stand apart from other sports centres in the city is the AstroTurf for cricket training. Throw in a bowling machine and you have got a superb cricket coaching centre in the city. Built as a separate structure next to the main building, which houses the courts, the turf has no walls and is enclosed within nets. There is also a special bowling pitch within the turf. Sukesh says, “The pitch has a separate net that can be stretched to create a mini indoor ground and we can have short matches there.”

A view of Love All academy

A view of Love All academy   | Photo Credit: Aswin V. N.

Former Ranji player Sony Cheruvathur is training both children and adults in cricket. For badminton, former doubles players Akhil Wijetilekk and Jose George along with former Delhi State Champion and Indian Railways player Parul Rawat will do the coaching.

There is a dress code of all-white for cricket players. Badminton time slots of one hour each is from 6 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 10 pm in the evening. Cricket coaching is from 4 pm to 7 pm. Contact 8129934638.

Pay and play

The monthly fee for playing on the court for an hour a day is ₹4,000 and for cricket coaching it is Rs 4,000 per month. Free yoga classes too are offered at Love All for those coming to play badminton or cricket.

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