Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Centre (HPC), set-up in Bhubaneswar with a vision to groom the upcoming sporting talent in hockey and produce world-class sportspersons, is conducting the first Odisha Naval Tata Hockey Grassroot League at the Kalinga Hockey Complex. Currently the tournament is being conducted to encourage young kids who are receiving daily hockey training at its Grassroots Centres spread across Odisha. In the tournament cadets of 10 out of the operational 12 Grassroots Centres are participating.
The first phase of the Tournament was conducted from 15th February till 21st February 2021 and the final Phase will be conducted from 1st March to 6th March 2021 at the iconic International Kalinga Hockey Stadium at Bhubaneswar to be played amongst 8 shortlisted teams from phase 1 – 4 Boys and 4 Girls Teams. The Selected Boys Teams are Subdega, Purnapani, Kadobahal and Majhapara, while the Selected Girls Teams are Nuagaon, Alanda, Majhapara and Kadobahal.
The Girls’ matches will be played from 2nd February till 4th February starting at 9:30 am and the Boys’ matches will be played from 2nd February till 4th February starting at 2:00 pm. The matches between the third and fourth placed teams will be played on 6th February starting at 9:00 am. On the same day, the Girls’ finals will be played at 3:45 pm and the Boys’ finals will be played at 5:15 pm followed by the award ceremony.
The HPC, established by the Department of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha, in partnership with HAF (Hockey Ace Foundation) and under the aegis of Tata Trusts and Tata Steel, was launched on August 13, 2019, by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik, along with Mr T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel.
This elite HPC has been opened in Bhubaneswar as part of the three-pronged Tata Odisha Hockey Programme, a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha to nurture sports talent in the State, which is already being hailed as a cradle for the sport.
The HPC is named in the honour of Naval H. Tata to commemorate his contribution to Hockey in India, his achievements as an outstanding sports administrator and passion for sports. Naval H. Tata held prestigious positions such as President of the All India Council of Sports (AICS), President of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for fifteen years and Vice Chairman of the International Hockey Federation (IHF).