Transforming India into a global sporting powerhouse that provides ample sporting opportunities to children across India.
I strongly believe that India will reach its full potential when youth lead the way for development. We at Vedanta, are committed towards providing our youth, especially women across strata, with the best-in-class sports facilities to bring them to the national forefront. I am pleased that Vedanta sports academies are not only nurturing sports talent from rural areas but also encouraging young girls to take up sports.
At Vedanta, we want to take Indian sports forward and have charted out a plan at two levels. One is grassroots development for the sport wherein every child who wants to play the sport has access to good facilities; the second is an excellent programme, where we want to set up state-of-the-art academies like the ones we have in Goa and Rajasthan.
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Under Vedanta Sports, two signature football development initiatives in Goa and Rajasthan are contributing massively to the upliftment of Indian Football, while archery & support to Para Athletes are yet another area of intervention. The Sesa Football Academy in Goa has a rich legacy of more than 20 years of grooming potential players into professional footballers through robust grassroots training programmes. In Rajasthan, the first of its kind technology-hinged Zinc Football Academy is creating a massive impact in the state’s footballing arena just within 4 years of its commencement. Yet another laurel was added to the hat of Vedanta sports with the launch of the Dronacharya archery academy in Jharkhand in 2020.
Sesa Football Academy
Sesa Football Academy was established in 1999 on a reclaimed mine with a vision to produce professional footballers for the country. The academy identifies talented youngsters who are passionate about football, inducts them into the residential programme, and over four years nurtures and develops them into professional footballers and disciplined citizens. The project aims to engage the youth of the nation through football and promote skill development & community engagement. Nine alumni of the academy have represented the Indian national team, while many more have donned the national jersey in various age groups.
SFA has groomed over 200 footballers, with graduates playing in the prestigious I-League, ISL, and other national platforms. Some renowned names in the footballing fraternity who are SFA alumni include Glan Martins, Adil Khan, Denzil Franco, Mickey Fernandes, and Pradesh Shirodkar. SFA's senior team has risen through the ranks in Goa's state leagues, now plying its trade in the top division – Goa Pro League.
Vedanta Women’s League
In 2017, SFA launched a one-of-its-kind tournament for aspiring women footballers from Goa - 'Vedanta Women's League' - in collaboration with Goa Football Association (GFA). Aimed at providing a platform for women footballers to hone their skills and gain competitive exposure, the VWL has completed four editions and garnered massive popularity with immense participation from all corners of the state. The prodigal find of the first edition, Karishma Shirvoikar, went on to wear the national colours, and made her place in history as the fastest goal scorer in the National Women's Championship.
Vedanta Youth Cup
With the vision of providing the country's young footballers a platform to compete against each other and showcase their skills at a national level, the Vedanta Youth Cup was launched in 2019. Endorsed by the Goa Football Association, the inaugural edition was held at Sesa Football Academy. The tournament brought together teams from India's top four corporate-backed residential football academies for the first time- Vedanta's Sesa Football Academy, Tata Football Academy, JSW's Bengaluru FC, and Reliance Youth Foundation.
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In Goa Professional League
In the India Youth Tour 2021
25 Boys Completed a Training Program of 4 Years
Selected for the Indian Women’s League Team Camp in 2021
Placed in the Indian Army under the Sports Quota
Of Vedanta Women’s League was held Successfully
Conducted for Boys as an alternative during COVID 19
From the Women League was selected for the Indian National Team
Selected and is now playing for the
I-league for Neroca FC
Inspired by the success of Sesa Football Academy and to expand the reach of Vedanta’s footballing initiatives in the state of Rajasthan, Zinc Football (ZF) was conceptualized in 2017. The Zinc Football academy focuses on timely intervention of technology and data-driven analysis to help develop grassroots football in the country and subsequently take Indian football to the next level.
In its 5+ years of existence, ZF has already reached all the corners of Rajasthan through programmes like Zinc Football Youth Tournament and other football clinics. The cream of the crop is trained in a fully residential programme at a world-class facility in Zawar (near Udaipur). To achieve its vision of reaching every talent in the state, a massive outreach programme has been laid out to impart football coaching to over 350 passionate boys and girls by fully skilled football trainers through 12 community football centers – called Zinc Football Schools.
The Zinc Football Academy is equipped with 3 FIFA Quality Turfs and a 7v7 sized Natural Grass Ground for training and practice, all equipped with team dugouts. With children getting access to state-of-the-art facilities for regular training under experienced coaches, the Zinc Football squad has been able to bring in commendable accolades over the past two years. The team won the Rajasthan State Men’s League in 2021 while playing against teams much older and physically stronger, and also qualified for the Subroto Cup in its debut attempt.
Technology & Scouting
The introduction of F-Cube Training and Assessment Technology ensures players are continuously evaluated, monitored, and analysed through well-regulated player data tracking, which helps coaches take appropriate steps for the right development of these children. F-Cube is the world’s first intelligent and interactive device for football and fitness training, skill assessment, cognitive development and practice while taking into account important parameters like skills, nutrition, physical, psychological and mental development.
One of the keys to securing holistic growth in football standards is through scouting, and this is where Zinc Football has made an extraordinary leap. In the first year, ZF organized 43 scouting initiatives including Talent Evaluation Camps and District & State level Football Tournaments. To keep the momentum going, Zinc Football Youth Tournament was conducted in the subsequent year, reaching out to 23 districts of Rajasthan with participation from over 5,000 children.
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Distance Learning Program (DLP)
launched during COVID 19, which features online mentoring, video sharing, physio sessions, and practice drilling sessions
ZFA U17 captain Mohd Adnan
was selected among the top 25 players of the National Subroto Cup and received a scholarship of INR 25,000
ZFA U16 team won
National Futsal Championship beating 6 states in Jaipur
ZFA U17 team won
National Nohar Open Football Tournament at Hanumangarh beating Punjab in the finals
in Youth Cup Goa
Rajasthan Minister Sports
heaped praise on ZF initiative in an exclusive visit
ESL Archery Academy
In 2018, ESL Steel, a Vedanta Group company, developed the state-of-the-art Vedanta ESL Archery Academy in Bokaro, Jharkhand, with the vision of identifying, nurturing, and training local talent and providing them an opportunity to hone their skills in archery.
The grassroots coaching center currently trains 37 children in the age group of 8-15 years, most of whom hail from the villages nearby ESL Steel, including the tribal-dominated belt from Bhagabandha to Asansol. The goal is to promote the inherent talent of Jharkhand by giving an opportunity to rural children to showcase their skills in archery and represent India at international platforms.
Yavna Kumari Yadav, an exceptional archer from the remote village of Moonidh, was unearthed by ESL Archery Academy. She participated in the 11th District Archery Championship 2020 when she was just 5, and was the youngest amongst all the participants in the junior under-10 category. Vedanta ESL Archery Academy has been training her to help her realize her full potential.
of state-of-the-art – Vedanta ESL Archery Academy (VEAA)
22 out of 37 Archers
represented VEAA at the district level
Won 33 Medals
at district level tournament. (6 Gold, 14 Silver & 13 Bronze)
Out of 22 Archers
12 have represented VEAA at the state level
Won 8 Medals
at State Level Archery Tournament (1 Gold & 7 Bronze)
Paralympic Games develop equality, transform attitudes and help increase inclusion by breaking down social barriers and discrimination towards people with impairment.
While government-appointed coaches are available in state-run stadia, para-athletes need funds for their sports kits, nutrition, physiotherapy treatment, and exposure to tournaments at the domestic and international levels. Vedanta, through its subsidiary Cairn Oil & Gas, came forward to transform the journey of Para Athletes from Rajasthan.
Under its Project Divyang initiative, Cairn has been supporting 10 high-potential para-athletes from Rajasthan since December 2016, through the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
The support available to selected para-athletes covers - specialized training & coaching, diet & nutrition supplements, physiotherapy & injury management; incentives for exceptional performances; athlete grants; sports kits and equipment, and exposure to domestic and international competitions.
The goal is to pioneer change in the para-sports narrative by raising awareness about para-sports among the masses & promoting universal access of disabled people to the practice of sports at various levels. Para athletes supported by Cairn have excelled at national and international platforms in their careers - winning 25 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze medals in internationally recognized events, including the World Para Athletics Championship 2017, Asian Para Games 2018, and securing a world record in 2018.
Sundar Singh Gurjar, who comes from the Karauli District of Rajasthan has participated in Javelin, discus, and shot-put throws and has won 14 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze medals at various international events. He has also made the nation proud by winning the sole gold medal for India in the World Para-Athletics Championship, London, in 2017, and a bronze medal in the Asian Para Games in 2018.
Regular coaching, training, and nutritional support
provided to 10 para-athletes from across the country
Ms. Bhawana Sharma won the gold medal in the 18th National Para Powerlifting Championship
Provided sports kits and equipment
specialized training and coaching, diet and nutrition supplements, physiotherapy, exposure to domestic and international competitions, and incentives for exceptional performance
"I congratulate the SFA team for this outstanding achievement. The efforts and support put in by Vedanta Sesa Goa in promoting the football talent in our state to the next level, even though business is going through difficult times, are commendable. I personally commit that I will put all my efforts possible into the early restart of the Goa mining issue."
Dr. Pramod Sawant
"It is amazing to see the sort of work Vedanta has done to convert the mines into a football academy. It is a shining example of how mining and corporates can co-exist."
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
"I wish I had access to infrastructure and facilities like this while growing up. With the right guidance, I am sure the kids here can go a long way not only within Rajasthan but at the national level as well."
"It is a good initiative and with the infrastructure they have, the academy can really give football in Rajasthan an image makeover. But growth has to be consistent and monitored."
Mr. Shaji Prabhakaran
"SFA has been doing praiseworthy work for the football community in Goa and the country at large. The academy is producing good football talent by grooming them through grassroots training programmes. I am happy to see these young players get such amazing training opportunities at SFA which is helping them pursue their careers in football."
"I take pride in being a part of SFA. The contribution of SFA towards honing the skills of young and talented footballers of Goa is immensely commendable. I am confident that the students graduating today from SFA will achieve greater heights and bring laurels for the academy boosting its legacy further."
- Bagged Gold medal at 11th Dhanbad District Archery Championship, 2020
- Won Online Archery event organized by TRICKSHOT ARCHERY, 2020
- Secured VII position at National selection Archery Championship, Jamshedpur, 2019
- Secured VII position at National selection Archery Championship, Jamshedpur, 2019