Mail News Service
Jamshedpur: Tata Steel CSR Department is all set to organise the Grassroots Football Tournament on February 12-13, 2019 at TCC Ground, Sonari. The tournament is one of the key ways of mainstreaming and empowering rural boys and girls through sports in the region.
The tournament is an annual event organised for around 850 kids trained and coached under Tata Steel CSR, across units in Odisha and Jharkhand and also by Tata Metaliks and Tata Bearings Kharagpur. This programme has been the nurturing ground for talented kids of the region. Apart from this, the kids are put through a disciplined routine and a healthy life-style through their involvement in the sport.
This year the tournament would be organised in two parts. As regards the first part, the tournament for around 425 kids from Odisha Units was organised at Joda on February 5- 6, 2019. And for the second part, the tournament is being organised for kids from Jharkhand and West Bengal at Jamshedpur on February 12-13.
Many of the young cadets who took part in the Grassroots Football tournaments in the past, have been selected by Sports Authority of India (SAI) academies, Army (Danapur) academy, FC Minerva, TFA etc. Presently 13 kids have been selected to be part of JFC I league (only medical test is pending). There are five kids selected by different academies from centers in Odisha.