Women?s hockey academy at Gwalior
WITH THE objective of selecting the talented players and providing basic coaching to them, MP Sports and Youth Welfare Department will establish a district-level sports campus and a State-level women’s hockey academy at Gwalior. The bhumi poojan will be performed on Thursday.
According to an official press release, the sports campus will comprise athletics, hockey, football, basketball, badminton and other indoor games. The department will spend Rs 2.25 crore in the construction of the campus. For the women’s hockey academy, the department has arranged Rs 3 crore.
The academy will be the first of its kind in the State and will have administrative building, hostel, fitness centre, well-furnished library, sports medicine, physiotherapy and others.
In the first stage of the women academy, the department will select 25 women players in the age group of 15 to 18 years and provide them all the necessary training for three years.
The plan of the department is to raise the number of players from 25 to 40 in the coming years. The department will provide sports kit, monthly sports stipend and others things to the players according to the standards of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
..and for men at Bhopal
THE SPORTS Department would give importance to comprehensive development of sports in the State. According the sources, the department has planned to renovate the Aish Bagh Stadium.
A men’s hockey academy will be opened at the stadium with the capacity of 25 players in the age group of 15 to 18 years. Besides, the department has planned to lay new turf after talking with the SAI and Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).