Naval Tata Hockey Academy in Odisha Completes a Year

The Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) in Odisha has completed one year of grooming hockey talent and paving a way for the future of the sport in the country. The academy is based out of Kalinga Hockey Complex, Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar.

The academy was established by the state government’s department of sports & youth services, in collaboration with HAF (Hockey Ace Foundation) and under the guidance of the Tata Trusts and Tata Steel, to groom budding sporting talent in hockey and produce world-class players. It was inaugurated on August 13 of last year, by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Since then, the institute has implemented planned grassroots programs in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts. As a part of the program, ten grassroots centres with around 16 coaches have been set up to cater to players in the age group of 7-14 years. Already, these centres have registered 2000 girls and boys.

“I congratulate each and everyone at Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Odisha on its first anniversary. This high-performance Centre for hockey was set up to promote the sport and nurture athletes for the elite level, and it gives me immense pleasure that in a short span the centre has grown and continues to evolve”, said Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of Sports & IT, Odisha government.

Odisha earned lots of plaudits for hosting the 14th Men’s Hockey World Cup in Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018, in an efficient manner. The state is also supposed to host the tournament again in 2023.

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