Vedanta Sports

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.

Anil Agarwal Chairman, Vedanta Group

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.

Annanya Agarwal President, Vedanta Sports

Key Initiatives of Vedanta Sports

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To know more, visit our website -
https://sesafootballacademy.in/

Impact created

Participation

In Goa Professional League

Participation

In the India Youth Tour 2021

Convocation

25 Boys Completed a Training Program of 4 Years

2 players

Selected for the Indian Women’s League Team Camp in 2021

1 player

Placed in the Indian Army under the Sports Quota

4th edition

Of Vedanta Women’s League was held Successfully

Online classes

Conducted for Boys as an alternative during COVID 19

1 player

From the Women League was selected for the Indian National Team

1 player

Selected and is now playing for the Hero
I-league for Neroca FC
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Zinc Football

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.

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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.

To know more, visit our website - http://zincfootball.com/

Impact Created

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

Runners-up

in Youth Cup Goa

Rajasthan Minister Sports

heaped praise on ZF initiative in an exclusive visit
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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.

Impact Created

Establishment

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)
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Project Divyang

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.

Impact Created

Regular coaching, training, and nutritional support

provided to 10 para-athletes from across the country

Powerlifting Championship

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

Accolades

"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
Chief Minister of Goa, at the Sesa Football Academy Felicitation Ceremony

"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
Former Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, at Sesa Football Academy

"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."

Sunil Chhetri
Captain of Indian National Football Team, at Zinc Football Academy

"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
President of Football Delhi, and former FIFA Regional Head for South & Central Asia speaking at Zinc Football Academy

"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."

Brahmanand Sankhwalkar
Arjuna Awardee and Former Captain of the Indian National Football Team, speaking at Sesa Football Academy

"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."

Denzil Franco
Former Indian national team player, and SFA alumnus, on Sesa Football Academy

Key Achievements

  • 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