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Australian touch to home-grown hockey in Odisha

Gomardih, February 06, 2018

Tata Steel, in association with coaches of Hockey Australia, the governing body of Hockey in Australia, has organized 2-day long mega hockey programme at  Goamrdih, in Kutra Block of Sundergarh district in Odisha.  

A total of 300 boys and girls, between 7 to 12 years of age, from 10 training centres being run by Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) in the area, participated in  the hockey  tournament on February 5, 2018. Under the guidance of Mr James Liggins, Mr Thomas Eric Winter and Ms Ivy Whelan of Hockey Australia, the tournament was held, following screening camps organised for this event.

Similarly on February 6, 2018 inter-village hockey tournament for senior players was organized as part of this two-day mega hockey programme where 10 teams of nearby village of Kutra and Rajgangpur Blocks participated in it.

Mr Mangala Kisan, MLA, Rajagangpur had joined as the Chief Guest for the tournament for under 12 children and awarded the winners. Commending Tata Steel for the initiative Mr Kisan opined that such programmes would encourage the children to take up hockey as a profession and help them to be part of state and national hockey teams, in keeping with the tradition of the district.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ambika Nanda, Head, CSR, Tata Steel, Odisha informed that Tata Steel intended to facilitate the linking of a selected few students to hockey academies for their professional growth.

Tata Steel, in association with Hockey Australia, has been conducting grassroots hockey development program - Hooking 2 Hockey - among school children around Gomardih, where the steel major has a Dolomite Quarry, since 2016. The objective of the programme is to train and give a platform to the rural hockey talents to showcase their sporting skills.

Players and coaches, trained by Hockey Australia, of all the 10 hockey coaching centers from nearby panchayats like Tunmura, Kutnia, Jharbeda, Pochra, etc of Kutra and Rajgangpur Blocks of the district had participated in the tournament. 

Expressing his happiness with the skill development of the participants since last three years, Mr Liggins, the hockey coach from Hockey Australia, said the children had a bright future in the game, if they kept practicing under the guidance of their coaches.

Captain Amitabh, Head, Skill Development, Tata Steel, Mr Sanjay Sardar, Unit Head, TSRDS and staff of Tata Steel schools teachers, officers of Tata Steel, local villagers were present on the occasion.

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