Bhubaneswar:13/8/19 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the high-performance hockey centre – Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA), Odisha, that will groom the best hockey talent in the State into future national and international players.
This elite hockey academy has been opened in Bhubaneswar as part of the three-pronged Tata Odisha Hockey Programme, a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha to nurture sports talent in the State, which is already being hailed as a cradle for the sport.
The State government sports hostels in Bhubaneswar, Sundargarh, and Rourkela will become the Regional Development Centres (RDCs), where experts engaged by Tata Trusts and Tata Steel will work with the RDCs to further enhance their efficiency and excellence.
Ten to 20 grassroots centres will initially be established in Sambalpur and Sundargarh districts. The talent scouted from the grassroots centers will be recommended for admission into the sports hostels. The grassroots centres and the RDCs will ensure a continuous flow of talent into NTHA.
The government will help develop infrastructure in these regions to improve the quality of hockey players being fed into the RDCs and NTHA Odisha. Young players from the community, who are enthusiastic and willing to work with children, will be trained and provided with career opportunities as trainers and coordinators in these centres.The Academy was formally dedicated to the Nation by Chief Minister in the presence of Mr T.V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel and Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha. Vineel Krishna, Director, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha, Mr. Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel, and Mr Burzis Taraporevala, Senior Advisor, Tata Trusts, also graced the occasion with their presence.