Birendra (Men) and Vandana (Women): Players of year in 1st Hockey India Annual Awards

  • Sardar Balbir Singh bestowed with ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’
  • Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year: Birendra Lakra (Men) and Vandana Kataria (Women)
  • Awards worth over Rs. 2.80cr conferred to players for their outstanding performance
  • Watch full video of the Hockey India Annual Awards 2014 here
Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

Hockey India Annual Awards: (Standing: LtoR) P R Sreejesh, Harendra Singh, Balbir Singh Sr, K Arumugam (One Thousand Hockey Legs), Sophie, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Narinder Batra, (Sitting): Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Namita Toppo

A landmark occasion was witnessed, as Hockey India today conferred the first ever Annual Awards to recognise the dedication and hard work of hockey players, coaches and administrators on the field to build the sport on the national and international arena. Awards of over Rs. 2.80 Crore were presented in a glittering ceremony at New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the occasion was the Hon’ble Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal. Continue reading →

Detail of Hockey India Annual Awards: First Ever Award Ceremony

  • The awardee for the ‘Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award’ award Sardar Balbir Singh received Rs.30,00,000/-


Video of Hockey India Annual Awards Function is here

List of Awards for the ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ –

Major Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award Rs.30,00,000/-: Sardar Balbir Singh Sr
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Men) Rs.25,00,000/-: Birendra Lakra
Dhruv Batra Award for Player of the Year (Women) Rs.25,00,000/-: Vandana Kataria
Jugraj Singh Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Men – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Harmanpreet Singh
Asunta Lakra Award for Upcoming Player of the Year (Women – Under 21) Rs.10,00,000/-: Namita Toppo
Baljit Singh Award for Goalkeeper of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: PR Sreejesh
Pargat Singh Award for Defender of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Deepika
Ajit Pal Singh Award Midfielder of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Manpreet Singh
Dhanraj Pillay Award for Forward of the Year Rs.5,00,000/-: Akashdeep Singh
Jaman Lal Sharma Award for Invaluable Contribution (for coaches and support staff) Rs.5,00,000/-: Harendra Singh
Hockey India President Award for Outstanding Achievement Rs.5,00,000/-: K Arumugam for One Thousand Hockey Legs

New Delhi, 16 March 2015: ‘Hockey India Annual Awards’ an initiative by Hockey India will take place on 28th March 2015 at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi and will mark the kick-start of the first ever annual awards for the sport. The annual awards initiated by Hockey India is an effort towards recognizing the hard work put in by the hockey players, coaches, support staff and administrators on the field both nationally as well as internationally. Continue reading →

Giving is ‘fun’da: JFHA Summer Camp for Everybody in Bangalore

Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA) is organizing summer camp from 7th-21st April and 4th-18th May 2013. The camp is open for all irrespective of skills or age, but there will be separate training groups based on skills and age.

Fitness is of prime importance, so the warm down, P Shanmugham observing the kids

Fitness is of prime importance, so the warm down, P Shanmugham observing the kids

Guest instructors, including current and former international players and Olympians like Dhanraj Pillay, Arjun Halappa, Lehnn Aiyappa, Vinaya VS and others, will join the JFHA Coaching Staff headed byOlympian Jude Felix in training the athletes at the camp.

 Giving is ‘fun’da

Why: We, at JFHA, believe in giving. And what better way to do that, than to reach out all, as a way to give back something to society through what we know best… HOCKEY. Continue reading →

Gurjinder Singh of Chandigarh Comets: Bridgestone WSH ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Golden Stick’

Gurjinder Singh (IND)

Gurjinder SinghGurjinder Singh

City / State : Punjab, DOB: 1-04-1994
Field Position : Defender
Junior India debut: Sultan Johor Cup 2011 (Named Captain, but could not play due to injury)
WSH Team: Chandigarh Comets
WSH Goals: 19

Chandigarh Comets’ 18-year-old drag-flick powerhouse Gurjinder Singh made a dream debut in the league, and won Bridgestone WSH ‘Rockstar’ to take home a cash prize of Rs 1 crore . He also shared Bridgestone WSH ‘Golden Stick’ with Syed Imran Warsi from Chennai Cheetahs (19 goals apiece).

His Hockey Story: He comes from a village where every school, every child plays hockey. His interest in hockey grew when he saw India’s international player Prabhjot Singh (from same village) play, and to see someone from that small area representing the national team was very encouraging for Gujinder Singh. So he started playing hockey when he was 10 years old. A year later, he joined the Chandigarh football and hockey academy. Since then, there has been a steady growth. Continue reading →

WSH says Go India Go, ‘Strive for Gold’

  • World Series Hockey announces mega incentive plan for 2012 Olympics
  • Hockey  Stalwarts back Indian Team to win Olympic medal
An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions
WSH says Go India Go, rewrite the history on blue pitch

World Series Hockey (WSH) is confident that the Indian National Hockey Team will come out with flying colours at the Olympics Qualifying Tournaments, starting February 18 in Delhi, and wishes them the very best for their campaign.

Before India’s first match against Singapore in the Men’s Qualifiers, Yannick Colaco, COO Nimbus Sport said, “The legacy of Indian hockey at the Olympics is unmatched with the national team winning 11 medals, including 8 gold medals. WSH is committed to promote hockey and hence has launched an incentive campaign – Strive For Gold to motivate the Indian team to play their best. Our current Indian team has tremendous potential and WSH wishes them the very best for their Olympic campaign”  

With the objective to motivate and reward the Indian hockey players, WSH announces the following incentive plan for the 2012 Olympics:

  • Indian team qualifies for the 2012 Olympics : Rs 5 lakh to every WSH player in the Indian Team
  • Indian team wins Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 50 lakh (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 1 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)
  • Indian team wins Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics: Rs 2 crore (divided equally amongst all WSH players in the team)

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MHA Stadium Gets Facelift to Become World Class, Thanks to MCA and WSH

Finally Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) stadium, at the Churchgate, next Wankhede Cricket Stadium, ready to be world class with new playing surface, flood lights, stands and other facilities. The work of laying down of new astroturf surface is nearing completion and within few weeks it will be available for competitive hockey.

Mumbai Hockey Association New Turf

Mumbai Hockey Association New Turf Being Laid (Photo: Shaibaz Patel)

It was the franchise-based World Series Hockey, which paved the way for new surface. The inaugural session  of WSH (Feb 29-April 1) will be the first tournament to be played on the  brand new surface. “All this has come about only because of the WSH.  Mumbai (one of the eight WSH franchises) will be hosting seven matches here. Keeping in mind the urgency of the tournament we had to push to get the turf ready in time,” said MHA secretary, Gurbux Singh. Continue reading →