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ON THE UP AND UP: TEENAGE SHUTTLER ADITI BHATT MAKES HEADS TURN ON SENIOR DEBUT

ON THE UP AND UP: TEENAGE SHUTTLER ADITI BHATT MAKES HEADS TURN ON SENIOR DEBUT

For an intense hour on court, Aditi Bhatt and Busanan Ongbamrungphan were simply competitors. No More. No Less. In the heat of battle, it was forgotten that the 18-year old Indian was only playing her fourth match at the senior level, while the 25-year old Thai player was ranked 13 in the world and had just competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. India and Thailand were locking horns in a group stage tie of the Uber Cup in Aarhus, Denmark. Thailand had already won the first two matches and when Ongbamrungphan won the first game of the third match against Aditi 21-16, the result seemed a foregone formality.

11 PERSONAL BESTS, 3 MEDALS – RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA HPC ATHLETES CONTINUE PROGRESS AT U-23 NATIONALS

11 PERSONAL BESTS, 3 MEDALS – RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA HPC ATHLETES CONTINUE PROGRESS AT U-23 NATIONALS

Eight athletes from the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High Performance Centre (HPC) based at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar registered a total of 11 Personal Best (PB) timings at the Under-23 National Athletics championships in New Delhi last week. MD Alamgir Hossain in the 400m, Moumita Mondal in the 100m hurdles and Swadhin Majhi in the High Jump returned with bronze medals, capping off a memorable season for athletes from the HPC.

NIMBLE, SMARTER, TOGETHER: RFYC EMBRACE TECH SOLUTION TO SCOUT TALENT IN COVID TIMES

NIMBLE, SMARTER, TOGETHER: RFYC EMBRACE TECH SOLUTION TO SCOUT TALENT IN COVID TIMES

In the Nellogi household in Hyderabad, the sound of a football being kicked around is a constant companion. Even during the lockdown, at every opportunity he got once his online schooling for the day was completed, 12-year old Ayush would rush to the terrace to kick a ball around. His father was an encouraging presence, supportive of his son’s dedication towards “improving and perfecting” his skills.

LIFE SKILLS & CRITICAL THINKING: NAGALAND & ARUNACHAL FOOTBALL COACHES SOAK IN LEARNINGS FROM EXPERT WORKSHOPS

LIFE SKILLS & CRITICAL THINKING: NAGALAND & ARUNACHAL FOOTBALL COACHES SOAK IN LEARNINGS FROM EXPERT WORKSHOPS

Around football circles in India, Thangboi Singto is an eminent presence. The 47-year old from Manipur is currently the Technical Director & Assistant Coach with Indian Super League (ISL) club Hyderabad FC. Having started his coaching career with I-League club Shillong Lajong as Assistant Coach in 2009 before taking over as Head Coach four years later, Singto has also had a stint as Assistant Coach and Technical Director with Kerala Blasters FC, where he worked alongside English Premier League legends David James and Rene Meulensteen. A pro license holder from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Singto, who is proficient in several languages, has also had brief stints with North East United and Odisha FC in the ISL, giving him deep insight and perspective into the challenges of coaching in a professional set-up.

TEENAGERS JEEVA & EKKA FROM RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA ATHLETICS HPC CATCH THE EYE AT JUNIOR FEDERATION CUP

TEENAGERS JEEVA & EKKA FROM RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA ATHLETICS HPC CATCH THE EYE AT JUNIOR FEDERATION CUP

After an impressive performance at the Junior Federation Cup in Sangrur, Punjab earlier this month, 110m hurdler Graceson Jeeva, who trains at the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High Performance Centre (HPC) in Bhubaneswar, is in contention for a spot in the Indian team for the World Athletics U-20 championships in Kenya later this month. 18-year old Jeeva won a silver at the meet with a Personal Best (PB) timing of 14.14 seconds, finishing behind Maharashtra’s Tejas Ashok. Earlier, Jeeva had registered another PB of 14.17 in the semi-final, giving James Hillier, Head Coach, Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics HPC, reason to be pleased with his ward’s impressive progress.

IN TINY PULLURAMPARA, HOW RFYS IS MAKING AN INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO A STELLAR ATHLETICS ACADEMY

IN TINY PULLURAMPARA, HOW RFYS IS MAKING AN INVALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO A STELLAR ATHLETICS ACADEMY

The setting is idyllic, almost picture-perfect. About 40 kilometers away from the bustling city of Calicut, the St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in Pullurampara is surrounded by scenic hills and fields. Students have access to two sprawling campuses, ideal weather all year round, and a pollution-free environment. The outdoors, quite naturally, are an attractive proposition, encouraging the students to engage in a range of sporting activity. For the last 18 years, the Malabar Sports Academy set up in conjunction with the school and located just a short distance away, has been shaping the best talent from the area.

FROM AIZAWL TO CHICAGO: BASKETBALL WONDER LALHNEHPUIA CHHAKCHHUAK’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY

FROM AIZAWL TO CHICAGO: BASKETBALL WONDER LALHNEHPUIA CHHAKCHHUAK’S REMARKABLE JOURNEY

Although he was only six years old at the time, Lalhnehpuia Chhakchhuak has a crystal clear memory of being introduced to basketball. It was almost inevitable that he would become a player himself. Lalhnehpuia’s mother had played for her school team in Kolkata and his father was an executive committee member of the Mizoram Basketball Association. Little Lalhnehpuia made an instant connection, learning the basics from his mother. When he was eight, an American coach, JD Walsh, came visiting, teaching Lalhnehpuia the fundamentals of the sport. He was hooked.

Read what the participants have to say about the 12-week series by Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Program

Read what the participants have to say about the 12-week series by Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Program

With on-ground sporting activities across the country largely coming to a standstill due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the 12-week Live virtual clinics series conducted by the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Program has come in for widespread acclaim from both the participants and guests. The final session was held on May 22 by NBA veteran Kendall Gill, known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the game. Gill, who holds the record for most steals in an NBA game with 11, followed a stellar line up of NBA, WNBA & NBA G League players besides legends and coaches who interacted with eager youth on Saturday mornings to keep them engaged with the sport. 

“WILL IMPLEMENT LEARNINGS IN DISTRICTS” – J&K FOOTBALL COACHES ENTHUSED AFTER RFYS-AIFC UPSKILLING WORKSHOP

“WILL IMPLEMENT LEARNINGS IN DISTRICTS” – J&K FOOTBALL COACHES ENTHUSED AFTER RFYS-AIFC UPSKILLING WORKSHOP

With on-ground activities stalled due to a lockdown in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases, Football coaches from across Jammu & Kashmir were able to continue their engagement with the game in a virtual workshop earlier this week, designed to enhance their knowledge base and skills. The three-day workshop, the first of its kind for coaches from Jammu & Kashmir, was organised by Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) in collaboration with the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC). It provided 32 coaches from educational institutes in Srinagar, Jammu, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag Kathua, Shopia, Budgam and Baramula, a unique opportunity to interact with domain experts on different aspects of their role.

"KILLER MENTALITY” – KOZHIKODE BOY THOMAS CHERIAN RISES RAPIDLY FROM RFYS TO NATIONAL DOORSTEP

"KILLER MENTALITY” – KOZHIKODE BOY THOMAS CHERIAN RISES RAPIDLY FROM RFYS TO NATIONAL DOORSTEP

Initially reluctant to support their son’s inclination towards pursuing sport, his parents gradually became an encouraging presence. Playing football came naturally and given his eye catching speed, Thomas’ first foray into the sport was a striker. However, as he started to grasp the nuances of football, Thomas preferred the role of Centre-Back so he could stay involved for the entire duration of the contest.

RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA ATHLETICS HPC TO UNEARTH MEDALISTS

RELIANCE FOUNDATION ODISHA ATHLETICS HPC TO UNEARTH MEDALISTS

Bhubaneswar, 21st August, 2020- In less than a year since it began active operations, the Reliance Foundation Odisha Athletics High Performance Center (HPC) in Bhubaneswar has already produced encouraging results, with athletes under its wing impressing at several national level competitions.

RFYS National Athletics: Olympic dream in stride, budding athletes bask in gold glory

RFYS National Athletics: Olympic dream in stride, budding athletes bask in gold glory

Mumbai, January 9: India’s quest for gold in the Olympics got some more claimants with budding athletes from across geographies of the country proving their mettle in the 2019-20 Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) National Athletics Championships. A total of 33 new records were set across the 96 events contested over the past three days. 11 records in 14 disciplines were broken on the final day itself at the Priyadarshini Park, Malabar Hill in Mumbai here today.

RFYS National Athletics: Records tumble on Day Two

RFYS National Athletics: Records tumble on Day Two

Mumbai, January 8: Girls stole the show on the second day of the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) National Athletics Championships 2019-20, setting 7 new records in the 13 disciplines contested at the Priyadarshini Park, Malabar Hill in Mumbai here today.

RFYS Football Nationals: Goa, Imphal set eyes on coveted Sub-Jr title

RFYS Football Nationals: Goa, Imphal set eyes on coveted Sub-Jr title

Mumbai, January 3: Progress High School of Goa and The Unique Model Academy, Imphal will vie for the first ever Sub-Junior Boys coveted trophy, as the two teams are set to play the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports National Football Finals scheduled on Sunday, January 5, 2020 here at Reliance Corporate Park ground in Navi Mumbai. Sub-Junior Boys is the newest category introduced in the RFYS Football competition this season (2019-20), witnessing 2500 school teams’ participation across over the last five months.

Unbeaten Shillong and Bengaluru enter semi-finals of RFYS Football Finals

Unbeaten Shillong and Bengaluru enter semi-finals of RFYS Football Finals

H Elias Memorial School, Shillong stormed into the semi-finals of the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) 2019-20 National Football Finals’ Junior Boys category with their third consecutive win. Shillong and Bengaluru teams remained unbeaten at the end of their group stage games here at the Reliance Corporate Park Ground, Navi Mumbai today.