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.
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.
These grounds are extensively used not only for sporting events but also for various social functions.
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.
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:
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: www.tatafootballacademy.com/
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.
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:
This proposal provides an opportunity to the company to add another feather to its cap of by being the first private company to open a hockey academy. There is a vast pool of natural talent in hockey in this area, who need proper technical and administrative support to make their mark in the global sports arena.
Mr Naval Tata had only one passion in sports, which was hockey. During his tenure as President, Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), India won the Gold at Olympics. The moment he left the IHF, India lost the gold to Pakistan in the next Olympics itself. It is because of his love of hockey, he continued to be the President of Bombay Hockey Association long after relinquishing the Indian Hockey Federation Chair.
Hockey’s power centres in India are located away from the metropolitan areas. They are in the tribal belts of Jharkhand, Odisha, Jalandhar and Sansarpur in the hinterland of Punjab. The first Indian hockey captain was from Jharkhand - Late Jaipal Singh.
There would be many more job opportunities available for cadets of hockey academy (compared to some like archery and football) since many Government Sector and Public-Sector units have their hockey team. Moreover, with the success of Indian Hockey League (IHL), the demand for quality players is going to increase.
The location for NTHA has been identified and is being developed at ISWP Sports Complex in Jamshedpur.
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:
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.
Visit website: www.fcjamshedpur.com
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.
512 ST/SC boys & girls were provided training in academies and training centres.
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:
Some of the major events that the Sports Department covers are as follows:
RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARD
DHYANCHAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ASIAN GAMES MEDALIST
|Mr Charles Borromeo||1984||Athletics||Padmashree|
|Mr Chuni Goswami||1984||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|
RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARDEE
|Mr Pullela Gopichand||2001||Badminton||Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna|
|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|
|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 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|
|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|
DHYANCHAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 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.
|Tata Archery Academy||International||5||6||5||16|
|Training Centre &||State||82||62||50||194|