Jamshedpur, Feb. 9: Tata Steel inaugurated the CSR under 10 Football Tournament at Armoury Ground, Bistupur on Thursday.
Nearly 800 children participated in the event. The tournament’s opening ceremony saw Sunil Bhaskaran, VP, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, encouraging the kids. Biren Bhuta, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel was also present on the occasion along with Amit Tirkey, Sr. Executive, Empowerment, Kausar Ahmad, Sports Coach, CSR.
Kids from Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal showed their football prowess in 30 matches, each of 10 minutes duration, held on day one of the tourney being played on a knock-out basis.
Most of the kids participating in the tourney come from Tata Steel-backed football coaching centres in Jharkhand and Odisha. Presently, in the two states, 30 such centres are training under-10 boys in various nuances of football.
A number of boys trained at these football centres have made it big. Sameer Murmu, Jairam Hembrom, Azad Karmakar and Budhu Mardi, all from Gurma Centre, joined Army Boys Sports Compnay, Bihar Regiment Centre-Danapur, an infantry of Indian Army, in September 2015.
Likewise, in Nov 2015, Laxman Baskey and Chaitan Hansdah from Kolabira Centre Sanjay Mumru and Akash Singh from Gurma Centre were selected to represent TFA in I-League, the country’s premier football competition.
With an aim to nurture young sporting rural talents and to instill confidence, discipline and team-play in them, Tata Steel initiated Under-10 football coaching in 2012.