Tata Steel has been playing a pivotal role in shaping our Country’s future in sports by nurturing budding talents and giving them the much deserved platform to showcase their sporting capability.
The Company strongly believes in offering equal opportunities of sports training and support to all capable candidates and ensures that gender, age, caste, creed or disability is not a hindrance in their pursuit of success. The objective is to mainstream and empower communities through sports, and connect individuals to alternative avenues of personal advancement.
Some of initiatives undertaken by Tata Steel in this direction -
- In FY-13, a total of 60 sports events (Football, Archery, Athletics, Cross Country Race, Cycling, and Volleyball) were organised engaging nearly 23,000 youth across the Company’s operational areas.
- Tata Steel encourages tribal sports such as Kati, Chhur, Bahuchor and Sekor. In 2012-13, the Company revived another sport called Ramdel. Over 1500 players participated in five tournaments organised at the grassroots level to promote tribal sports.
- For the upliftment of rural sports, especially football which is a most loved sport by the local tribes of Kalinganagar and the periphery, Tata Steel organises Pragati Inter-village Football League.
- Regular football talent hunt camps conducted by Tata Football Academy are a major initiative by Tata Steel for promotion of sporting activity in the Keonjhar district. Promising footballers are sent to Tata Steel Sports Feeder Centre at Jajpur for preliminary training, and subsequently to Tata Football Academy for more intensive coaching. Football training is also provided to children living in slums.
- Tata Steels organises rural sports meets and sponsors various tournaments like the Tata Utkalika Cup, Kalinga Cup and Biju Patnaik Gold Cup.
- Tata Steel Rural Development Society runs football coaching programmes and children are selected through inter-school under-10 football tournaments.
Ace Archer Mudderaboina Ranjith Kumar, a cadet of Tata Archery Academy (TAA), is all set to represent India at World Universities Archery Championship to be held in Poland from July 2 - 5, 2014. The World University Championships (WUC), a part of the sporting event of the International University Sports Federation, will witness top archers from all countries fighting it out for the highest honours.
Master Ranjith who joined TAA in the year 2011 has won several prestigious championships. He is currently being coached by Mr. Dharmendra Tiwary and Ms. Purnima Mahato of the Academy.
Congratulating the TAA cadet on his success, Mr. Farzan Heerjee, Chief, Guest Relations and Sports, Tata Steel said, "We are extremely proud and happy for Ranjith as we believe that he is very deserving of this honour. His determination and hard work is inspirational to all other athletes. Tata Steel will continue to support Ranjith and is confident that with his commitment, he will win laurels for the country."