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Under the close supervision of skilled coaches, training is imparted to young, talented individuals to excel at national and international level sports competitions.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata envisaged not only Asia’s first integrated steel plant but also the model township of Jamshedpur. In his letters, he advised his son, Sir Dorabji Tata, to “earmark areas for football, hockey, and parks”. As early as 1919, Sir Dorabji Tata financed 4 athletes and 2 wrestlers for the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium Olympics. Subsequently in 1924, Sir Dorabji Tata also became the first President of the Indian Olympic Association. Jamshedpur’s reputation as the Sports capital of Jharkhand, is a natural follow-up of Tata Steel’s commitment to sports.

J R D Tata gave fruition to the Founder’s vision, inculcating sports as an integral part of Tata Steel’s corporate philosophy. The Company’s commitment towards the promotion of sports is manifested through separate departments for football, archery, athletics and more. Over time, an impressive array of infrastructure, matching international standards to support sports has been built.

JRD Tata Sports Complex

Spread over 30 acres of area, the complex has an 8-lane synthetic track, international-size swimming pool, boxing centre, skating area, basketball court, archery ground, handball ground, lawn tennis court, volleyball court, table tennis hall, chess centre and adventure sports. The JRD Tata Sports Complex is the home of Jamshedpur FC, making the football club the only Indian Super League (ISL) franchisee to have its own stadium.

Gopal Maidan,
Armoury, Beldih,
CNR, Club House

These grounds are extensively used not only for sporting events but also for various social functions.

Keenan Stadium

Built in 1939, primarily for cricket matches, it has a capacity of 18000 and has hosted more than a dozen matches against foreign visiting teams and 10 one-day international cricket matches. More than 100 Ranji and Duleep Trophy matches have been conducted in the stadium since its inception.

Golf Course

Jamshedpur has one 9-hole & one 18-hole golf course where many competitions are hosted annually.

Residential sports academies of international standards have been established for preparing international level players:

Tata Football Academy

The Academy imparts intensive training to budding sportspersons with an objective of providing mainstream national football with a perennial pool of young footballers, trained and oriented to international standards. The Academy is spread over 25000 sq ft area, amidst green surroundings and accommodates 40 trainees. Over the last 25 years, the Tata Football Academy has trained 213 cadets, 134 of whom have represented the country at various levels. To know more about the Tata Football Academy, Visit website:

Tata Archery Academy

Tata Archery Academy was formally inaugurated by Dr J J Irani, Former Managing Director of Tata Steel, on October 4, 1996. With this single gesture, the lives and hopes of many youngsters, especially from the Eastern Singhbhum area received a boost. Tata Archery Academy intends to spot and nurture talent to conform to international standards. Over the last 16 years, the Archery Academy has trained 127 cadets, 45 of whom have represented the country at various levels.

New Initiatives

Naval Tata Hockey Academy

In furtherance to Tata Steel efforts of promoting sports, Tata Steel has extended its support in a formalised way to hockey in the state of Jharkhand and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Trust to set up the Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) in Jamshedpur. This initiative will also provide the following benefits to the Company:

The location for NTHA has been identified and is being developed at ISWP Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.

Tata Steel - Sports Authority of India (SAI) Extension Training Centres

An MoU between Tata Steel (TSL) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was signed on October 7, 2015 at Jamshedpur. The objective of the MoU is to strengthen the development of boxing, athletics, archery and football at Jamshedpur by way of convergence of efforts and partnership between SAI and TSL.

Broad areas of cooperation include:

  1. Coach education: Improvement of technical know-how of Indian coaches in boxing, archery, athletics and football to match international standards.
  2. Talent identification: Improvement of boxing, athletics, archery, and football talent identification systems in the country.
  3. Talent development: Nurturing and developing the identified boxing, athletics, archery and football talent.
  4. Sports infrastructure: Creation of world-class infrastructure for boxing, athletics, archery and football at Jamshedpur.
  5. Partnership in excellence for sports in general.

Jamshedpur Football Club

Tata Steel, under the aegsis of Tata Group, successfully bid for the Jamshedpur franchise in the 4th season of the coveted Indian Super League (ISL). The Company has been a pioneer in the development of sports in India, and this is in furtherance of the same.

The club will be playing their home matches at the iconic JRD Tata Sports Complex. The team will be under the guidance of head coach Steve Coppell in the 2017-18 Indian Super League season.
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Major Achievements


Over 5500 employees participate in sporting events, health & fitness programs, and lifestyle management programs held through out the year.


1601 trainees were engaged through training centres and academies.
11 trainees got employment in the Army and the Jharkhand Police based on their exemplary performance at National/International events.

Focus on Affirmative Action

512 ST/SC boys & girls were provided training in academies and training centres.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

Tata Steel is the only corporate in the country to have been awarded Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar by the Honourable President of India in the following categories:

  • Establishment & Management of Sports Academies of Excellence in 2009
  • Community Sports - Identification & Nurturing of Budding Talent in 2009
  • Financial Support for Sports Excellence in 2010

Major Events

Some of the major events that the Sports Department covers are as follows:

  • Summer Camp
  • JRD Tata Birth Anniversary Celebration
  • National Sports Day & Sir Dorabji Tata Birth Anniversary Celebration
  • Teachers / Coaches Day Celebration
  • Tata Steel Jamshedpur Run-a-thon
  • Jharkhand State School Games
  • Jharkhand State Boxing & Archery Championships
  • Inter Union Volleyball, Table Tennis, Badminton
  • Inter JDC Volleyball and Cricket
  • Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon
  • All India Inter Steel Athletics Championship
  • 38th Junior National Archery Championship
  • MYAS National Games
  • S K Nanawati Cricket Tournament

Roll of Honour


















Name Year Discipline Award
Mr Charles Borromeo 1984 Athletics Padmashree
Mr Chuni Goswami 1984 Football Padmashree
Mr P.K.Banerjee 1985 Football Padmashree
Ms Bachendri Pal 1985 Mountaineering Padmashree
Mr Prem Chand Degra 1990 Body Building Padmashree
Mr Sourav Ganguly 2004 Cricket Padmashree
Mr Pullela Gopichand 2005 Badminton Padmashree
Ms Bula Chawdhury     2006 Swimming Padmashree
Mr Limba Ram 2011 Archery Padmashree
Ms Premlata Agarwal 2012 Mountaineering Padmashree
Ms Deepika Kumari 2016 Archery Padmashree


Name Year Discipline Award
Mr Pullela Gopichand 2001 Badminton Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna


Name Year Discipline Award
Mr Illyas Babar 1998 Athletics Dronacharya
Mr Ken O Bosen 1999 Athletics Dronacharya
Mr Sanjeeva Singh 2008 Archery Dronacharya
Mr Pullela Gopichand 2009 Badminton Dronacharya
Ms Purnima Mahato 2013 Archery Dronacharya


Name Year Discipline Award
Mr P.K.Banerjee 1961 Football Arjuna 
Mr Chuni Goswami 1963 Football Arjuna 
Mr Arun Lal Ghosh  1965 Football Arjuna 
Mr Kenneth .L.Powell 1965 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Parveen Kumar 1967 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Edward Sequeira 1971 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr.Shivnath Singh 1974 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Anjan Bhattacharjee 1974 Cricket Arjuna 
Mr Amar Singh 1975 Cycling Arjuna 
Mr T. Vijayaraghwan 1977 Basketball Arjuna 
Mr Subrata Dutta 1979 Powerlifting Arjuna 
Mr Suresh Kumar Mishra 1980 Volleyball Arjuna 
 Md. Habib 1981 Football Arjuna 
Mr Charles Borromeo 1982 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Dibyendu Barua 1983 Chess Arjuna 
Mr Ravi Shastri 1984 Cricket Arjuna 
Ms Bachendri Pal 1986 Mounteering Arjuna 
Mr Jaipal Singh  1986 Boxing Arjuna 
Mr Prem Chandra Degra 1986 Body Building Arjuna 
Mr Balwinder Singh 1987 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Bagicha Singh 1987 Athletics Arjuna 
Ms Mercy Kuttan 1989 Athletics Arjuna 
Ms Bula Chawdhury     1990 Swimming Arjuna 
Mr Limba Ram 1991 Archery Arjuna 
Mr Sanjeeva Singh 1992 Archery Arjuna 
Mr Cawas Billimoria 1993 Judo Arjuna 
Mr Moraad Ali Khan 1996 Shooting Arjuna 
Mr Ajit Bhaduriya 1996 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Raj Kumar Sangwan 1996 Boxing Arjuna 
Mr Sourav Ganguly 1997 Cricket Arjuna 
Mr Pullela Gopichand 2000 Badminton Arjuna 
Ms Dola Banerjee 2005 Archery Arjuna 
Mr Jayant Talukdar 2006 Archery Arjuna 
Mr K.M. Binu 2006 Athletics Arjuna 
Ms Chitra K. Somen 2007 Athletics Arjuna 
Ms Sinimole Paulose 2009 Athletics Arjuna 
Mr Deepak Mandal 2010 Football Arjuna 
Mr Rahul Banerjee 2010 Archery Arjuna 
Ms Deepika Kumari 2012 Archery Arjuna 
Ms Chekrowolu Swuro 2013 Archery Arjuna 


Name Year Discipline Award
Mr Satish Pillai 2009 . Dronacharya

Participation by cadets of Tata Archery Academy, Tata Athletics Academy and Tata Steel Training Centres at National/Zonal/State level competitions.

Academy/Training Centre Level Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
Tata Archery Academy International 5 6 5 16
National 24 9 5 38
Training Centre & State 82 62 50 194
Feeder Centre National 9 18 16 43
Total 120 95 76 291