Jamshedpur, Aug 14: Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) Odisha, based out of Kalinga Hockey Complex, Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar, completes one successful year of its journey of grooming hockey talent of the State and shaping the future of hockey in India.
The Academy, established by the Department of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha, in partnership with HAF (Hockey Ace Foundation) and under the aegis of Tata Trusts and Tata Steel, was launched on August 13, 2019, by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, along with T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, in presence of Shri Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of Sports & IT, Govt. Of Odisha, with a vision to groom the upcoming sporting talent in hockey and produce world-class sportspersons.
NTHA Odisha has ventured into planned grassroot programmes in Sundargarh & Sambalpur districts and has opened 10 grassroot centres with the deployment of 16 grassroot coaches to cater to the age group of 7-14 years. These centres have already registered 2000 girls and boys with focus on gender diversity.
On the occasion Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of Sports & IT, Govt Of Odisha, said, “I congratulate each and every one at Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Odisha on its first anniversary. This High-Performance Centre for Hockey was set up with the aim to promote the Sport and nurture athletes for the elite level, and it gives me immense pleasure that in a short span the Centre has grown and continues to evolve. Today, this facility has become a sought-after hub for elite hockey training in the State and that speaks volumes about the commitment of the Government and team here. The girl cadets who had joined with lots of dreams and aspirations have benefitted from their time spent here and have improved their performances significantly. NTHA Odisha has collectively ensured the cadets train, practice and perfect their sporting skills. It has allowed them, both off and on the pitch, to come together and celebrate sports and friendship. I commend each and every person associated with NTHA Odisha, especially coaches, who track and objectively monitor each cadet and work towards enhancing their potential through proper training.”
Chanakya Chaudhary, VP, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, said: “Bhubaneswar is fast emerging as the sports capital of India. Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Odisha, is one such elite academy that engages at the grass root level to provide the best of education and training to the youth. The Academy is not just a high-performance centre for the youth but is truly an institution where we are nurturing tomorrow’s champions at an early age and shaping their careers in a 360-degree development model. As NTHA celebrates its 1st anniversary, we are confident of a promising future for hockey in India.”
Department for Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha, under the visionary leadership of CM of Odisha, has approved the plan to install multiple astro turfs in Sundargarh district in next 6-8 months that will give tremendous boost to hockey belt of Odisha and will provide the talent from the State with the added advantage of early exposure to astro-based pitch resulting in elite class players from the region. The Academy also has plans to send the cadets on foreign exchange programmes for international exposure as part of the Bovelander Hockey Academy (BHA) programme; the cadets missed their first such programme in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.