Tata Trusts have partnered Tata Steel, Olympian Floris Jan Bovelander and One Million Hockey Legs, Netherlands, to establish Tata Hockey Academy for professionalising grassroots-level hockey and to bring global best to train domestic coaches. This world-class academy will create the necessary institutional structure to nurture Indian talent for hockey leagues and international tournaments. The project will reach out to 50,000 schoolchildren and aims at generating 200 high-quality players at the end of a three-year period.
"At the Trusts, we view sports as a vehicle for social change. Often, we look at all the developing sectors as a supply-driven area but sports, on the contrary, is generating demand which unites people."
— R Venkataramanan, Managing Trustee, Tata Trusts
“This initiative will promote hockey and sustain it as a national sport in India. Tata Hockey Academy is going to create a meaningful impact at the grassroot level — both in the field of this fantastic game of hockey as well as in the lives of the people who are interested in this game. With enrolling in school hockey projects, we also focus on the social parts of sport by teaching the children necessary life skills. Our goal is to reach one million hockey legs by the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in India and we are excited to see the outcome in the coming years."
— Floris Jan Bovelander, Olympic and World Hockey Champion, Assistant Coach to the Dutch National Team and member of the Executive Board of One Million Hockey Legs
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