Young Men's Association or YMA is one of the oldest sports
clubs in Bengal, with a history spanning more than 50 years.
The British domination of India gave rise to many popular
uprisings in Bengal and the fury and rage of the youth
against British domination took many forms and manifestations.
Fag end of popular 3 Mile Road Race organized by YMA
We see one such manifestation of revolt against the British domination
in YMA club. A few young men of Uttarpara decided to set up this club and
inculcate a culture of sportsmanship and competitiveness among youth of
School Boys in their teens enthusiastically participate and accept the
challenge of running 3 miles on a wintry day on National Highway
Members of YMA Club - People behind 3 Mile Road Race organized on 26th January
every year. The club has been organizing this event for last 54 years
YMA was the fountainhead of sports activities in Uttarpara and adjoining
areas during 1940s and 1950s. It took part in district and sub-divisional
tournaments in Football, Cricket, Hockey etc. and organized many sports
Prime Mover of YMA Club - Sri Kashinath Chattopadhyay delivering keynote address in
prize distribution ceremony
Time took its toll on organizers of YMA club - who slowly gave way to newer
clubs like Tarun Sangha, Netaji Brigrade etc. However, the YMA still organizes
the 3-mile Road race on 26th January. It has been consistently doing this for
last 54 years - thanks to Sri Kashinath Chattopdhyay and his limitless energy.
Though organized by YMA, the event has become part of Uttarpara life style where
organizers from every club participates and make it a resounding success - year