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Tata Trusts supports development of sports at the grassroots level

Jan 24, 2018

The programmes are designed to reach out to children from under privileged backgrounds.

Bengaluru: South United Sports Foundation has received support from Tata Trusts towards the development of sport at the grassroots level.

Through the support, the program will cover coaching, equipment, and refreshments for 252 students under the South United Sports Foundation community projects, particularly The Dharavi Community Programme, the BPM High School Project, Mumbai and The Foundation Development Team.

South United Sports Foundation is designed to reach out to children from under privileged backgrounds by engaging them in sports. Through this, South United Sports Foundation strives to not only create talented football players but also provide employment opportunities for youngsters in the sports industry. The foundation has trained over a 1000 students since its inception.

Sharan Parikh, Trustee of South United Sports Foundation, said, “We are delighted to have secured this investment. This will help with our community programmes, constructed with the aim of bringing in underprivileged kids to give them an opportunity to develop into athletes as well as explore a livelihood in the sports industry. We aim to provide the best training for the youngsters, across all projects undertaken, where the children can learn while enjoying and expressing themselves in a safe environment.”

“Tata Trusts believe that sports is a great vehicle for meaningful engagement with children, youth and the larger communities around them - building aspirations, character and a sense of responsibility. Tata Trusts sports interventions focus on identifying and nurturing talent at the grassroots level and are guided by an ecosystem driven approach, working to create an environment of opportunity and excellence for the pursuit of sport as a viable avenue for a professional career. We encourage and support organisations like SUSF who are working to develop children from marginalised communities through the medium of sports” said, Neelam Babardesai, Head-Sports, Tata Trusts

The objective of South United Sports Foundation is to foster self-esteem, empowerment, and enhance a student’s health and well-being by playing a sport. The various programs under the foundation majorly help steer youngsters away from dangerous vices like crime, alcohol consumption, and drug abuse. In the past, South United Sports Foundation has executed various community programmes addressing different types of requirements and children from different backgrounds.

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