The year 2017 is an important year for us as the TSSA UK proudly celebrating its 25th Anniversary. I am really proud and privileged to become the president of the TSSA in this important “Silver Jubilee” year. I will take this opportunity to thank every one of you for electing me as the President. I assure that I will work with the Committee to my level best for making the events very successful.
TSSA UK was inaugurated on the 26th of June 1992 with a handful of Jaffna Schools. Our organisation has grown from strength to strength and now we have more than sixty schools affiliated under its umbrella. We organise two events annually, “Football Tournament” on Monday, the first Bank holiday in May and “Summer Sports Festival” on Monday, the Bank holiday in August.
While we celebrate the “Silver Jubilee”, the Football Tournament held on the 1st of May 2017 was remarkably successful. We had more than 100 teams participated in all categories. TSSA (UK) has taken a step further and introduced “Over 50 Team” and I am very pleased to record here, four teams took part in the competition to mark the 25th Anniversary. We hope this will continue in the future years.
Here in UK the TSSA is playing an important role to bring all the past pupils and their families to represent their “Alma Mater” in the field of sports. The opportunity is given to the young players to participate, socialise and enjoy with their parents in the field they excel. It is a great challenge taken by the TSSA. Our objective is not just to provide an opportunity for the sports loving members of the schools from our motherland but also to provide an opportunity for our younger generation to exhibit their talents and create an awareness of our Tamil culture, traditions and values. The children who participate in these tournaments proudly represent their parents Old Schools Associations. Most of the children are born and bred in this country and are of various age groups. However they take great pride in competing against other schools.
This year Kokuvil Hindu College has proudly celebrated their annual 25th “Vasantham 2017”. Manipay Hindu College and Hindu Ladies College with pride celebrates their 25th anniversary, “Silver Jubilee year” and the Jaffna Central College Old Boys Association, UK proudly celebrates their 30th anniversary. I would take this opportunity to congratulate and wish them all success.
My sincere thanks to “SUBARA” for their generous financial support since 2016 which made it possible to organise the events successfully.
On behalf of TSSA, I thank all the sponsors, advertisers, participants, spectators, volunteers, past students associations, well-wishers and Founder Members for their priceless contribution. I hope you will continue to support us in our future endeavours.
Special thanks to the Executive Committee Members for working as a team and make this year a very enjoyable one.
President - TSSA (UK)