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Tata Steel Organises Hockey Carnival with Australian Coaches at Gomardih in Sundergarh

Gomardih, September 22, 2016
  • Two coaches from ‘Hockey Australia’, the governing body of Hockey in Australia, joined the carnival
  • 300 local children trained by the Hockey Australia team displayed their skills

Tata Steel organised a hockey carnival,  where 20 teams comprising of 300 children including 150 girls displayed their hockey skills today in front of their Australian Coaches at Gomardih in Kutra block of Sundargarh district in Odisha. Tata Steel in association with Hockey Australia, the governing body of Hockey in Australia, has been conducting a grass-root hockey development programme  ‘Hooking2Hockey’ among school children since July 2016 around  Gomardih of Sundargarh, the district which has produced some of the best known  international hockey players.

The children aged between 7 to 10, 15 boys and 15 girls each from 10 schools, around Gomardih, where the steel major has its Dolomite Mine, were given a preliminary training by a 3 member team of Hockey Australia in July 2016. 10 coaches from the same schools who were also trained earlier by the Australian team, guided the students.  The venue wore a festive look as the youngsters clad in colourful jerseys clashed with each other. Finally tow teams, one each among the boys and the girls were declared as winners.

Mr James Liggins, Participation Coordinator of Hockey Australia and his team mate Mr Tom Winter supervised the matches among the children. The best performers will be further trained to help them get selected for joining Sports Hostel of Government of Odisha. The winning and runner up teams were felicitated by Mrs. Sita Devi Majhi, Tahasildar, Kutra block who appreciated the initiative. Commending Tata Steel for the programme Mr. Tej Kumar Xesh, District Sports Officer, Sundergarh who had joined as guest in the opening session said guiding the children at such an early stage will help shape their skills in future.

Captain Amitabh, Head, Skill Development, Tata Steel, who has been coordinating the programme said the initiative is aimed to attract the youngsters towards hockey and teach them basics of the game in a fun filled but professional atmosphere to help them grow as better players. Happy with the learning ability of the children, Mr James Liggins of Hockey Australia said he is looking forward to further sharpening the skills of the young talent who will be selected for the next round of training. All the participating children have been given individual sports kit comprising of hockey stick, ball, shin-guard, T-shirt, Gumshield, etc. Tata Steel will nurture the future players from these youngsters by linking them to some leading training centres.

Mr S S Mishra, Senior Manager, Mine, Tata Steel, Mr J Sandil, Unit Head, TSRDS, local school students, teachers, Tata Steel employees, Union Members were present during the event which was coordinated by Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Gomardih unit.

About Tata Steel

Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of nearly 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, has over 75,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 company. The Group’s vision is to be the world’s steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world, outside Japan, to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.

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