The Indian professional football club, Bengaluru FC, and the Chief National Coach for the Indian National Badminton Team, Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand have joined hands with The Sports School (TSS) to launch a National Scholarship Program 2022-23.
This association aims to discover the sporting talent in the country and nurture them perfectly, providing world-class facilities, to make them the future champions. While the scholarships will be awarded to close to 20 eligible students who fall in the age category of U-11, U-13, U-14, U-15 & U-17 for badminton, and football it is U-12, U-14 & U-16.
Adding to it, the athletes will be selected based on their potential in the sport. Apart from that, they would also be evaluated based on their attitude, commitment, sporting achievements, and their performance in the trials.
Passing all those criteria, the selected athletes will then be receiving a 100% scholarship which will be covering both sports training and academics. While they would get a chance to train in the TSS’ international level infrastructure with highly skilled and certified coaches.
The training facilities for badminton have 12 international standard wooden indoor synthetic badminton courts. While for football it has 108m X 68m FIFA quality pro certified artificial turf football field. Apart from the education and training support, the selected athletes will also be providing sports science assistance and hygienic nutrition on the campus to support their overall development.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sankar UV, Director of The Sports School, said: “Today sport is not just played as a hobby, but it is now looked at as a career option too. With an athlete-friendly academic curriculum, we believe students find the right balance between sports and academics. Our scholarship program gives us an opportunity to discover sporting talent from every corner of the country who, with the help of our renowned mentors, can be groomed to become the future champions and represent India at top levels along with a solid academic background to back them.”