Hockey India announced induction of Major Ports Sports Control Board as its 23rd Associate Member, Mumbai Schools Sports Association as its 2nd Hoc-Key Member and three new academy members in the form of Hockey Village India, Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Hockey Academy, Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab) and Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy Jarkhar, Ludhiana.
Hockey India currently has 26 Permanent Members, 23 Associate Members, 1 Member through State Olympic Associations, 9 Academy Members and 2 Hoc-Key Members.
Since its inception in 1976, Major Ports Sports Control Board has successfully participated in the zonal as well as national level championships around the year and which has helped identify players at a very young age. They even have to their credit of organising the ‘All India Major Ports Hockey Championship’ from over 30 years. Atulya Misra, I.A.S is the President and G Harichandran is the General Secretary of the Major Ports Sports Control Board.
Mumbai Schools Sports Association, being one of the oldest associations of its kind in the world and catering to the sports needs of over 60,000 school children from over 360 schools in Mumbai every year, the Mumbai Schools Sports Association, was formerly known as Bombay High Schools Athletic Association and was founded by Sir Dorabji Jamshedji Tata in 1893 with the ‘Tata Shield for Inter-School Athletic Meet’.
The 113-year-old ‘Junior Aga Khan Hockey’ inter-school tournament has also been conducted by this association since 1901. The MSSA conducts tournaments in more than 20 disciplines of sports at the grassroots level in which 60,000 students participate annually under different age groups. Rev. Fr. Jude Rodrigues is the present Director of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association.
Hockey Village India works towards the better future for underprivileged children in rural India in terms of Sports and Education. In 2010, a former German hockey player Andrea Thumshirn started the academy in Garh Himmat Singh, District Dausa in Rajasthan with the support of her German hockey friends and local ruling families. Thereafter, she managed to spread awareness of hockey in the surrounding areas and started giving training to 50 boys and girls who later on participated in various U-14 and U-16 domestic tournaments.
With the intention to combine sports and education, Hockey Village India opened their own school in 2013 to provide proper education and sporting facilities to the identified budding players. Some German hockey players are now also volunteering to give training to young kids in Hockey Village India. Spreading itself to different parts of the country, Hockey Village India adopted the Bhusawal Railway Boys (Maharashtra) and two more schools in South Goa in January this year; Hockey Village India also plans to open another wing in Rohtak (Haryana). Andrea Thumshirn is the Director and founder of the Hockey Village India.
Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Hockey Academy was set up 5 months back in April 2014 by Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University in Fatehgarh Sahib, with an aim to identify the young, potential talents of the state and to nurture and further prepare them for higher levels of the game. Currently, there are 50 young players including 30 girls and 20 boys, training at the academy. Many of them have already participated either at the district or state level tournaments. This enthusiasm for developing and raising new hockey talents helped Hockey India to arrive at a decision of taking Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Hockey Academy in its fold.
The Academy is also coming up with a brand new artificial turf so that the young players can avail the facility and be better prepared for upcoming challenges at the higher levels. Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh is the Director of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Hockey Academy.
Since its inception in 1986, Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy Jarkhar has been actively involved in the development of the game by organizing the Jarkhar Sports Festival every year. The Academy even organizes the Olympian Prithipal Singh Hockey Tournament for U-17 teams every year.
Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy Jarkhar has its own hockey stadium with 7 a side Astroturf alongwith a 22 room hostel for the players. With 80 young players being part of this academy, this induction will further enable Mata Sahib Kaur Hockey Academy Jarkhar to increase the number of players for training in the academy. The Academy also holds regular tournaments and camps which helps them in identifying talent in the region.