Sports for Development

Sports brings cultures together and bridges gaps between countries and across generations. It is recognised as an essential element of learning through physical activities and games. These activities have been a great motivator to enhance the spirit of learning and leadership, especially amongst the rural children.

With an intention to reinforce the youth of our country with the power of sportsmanship and commemorate the birthday of Hockey legend, Dayan Chand, BOCL Foundation celebrates August 29 as Sports Day annually in rural areas across 12 states in India. The Sports Day is designed to promote and foster community connection through active participation in various games and activities organised during the event.

BOCL Foundation also focuses on using sports as a medium to encourage learning and breed leadership among the youth in the rural areas. Bringing people from various villages together leads to stronger bond between tribes, neighbours and families. This initiative is a medium to enhance community partnership and promote traditional rural sports. Sports Day brings together more than 40,000 people every year who enjoy different games and sports. It has resulted in youth transforming into Community Youth Leaders and serving as mentors to the village children.

The program uses sports and activities as a tool for development to bring about positive changes.

BOCL Foundation Youth Sports

BOCL Foundation Youth Sports is aimed to revolutionize grassroots sports in India. Starting with football in 2019, BFYS will provide schools, colleges and athletes with a never-before-seen platform to showcase their skills and passion for sports. The tournaments will provide excellent facilities, conditions and environment for the student athletes. The most deserving athletes will be given scholarships and an opportunity to be scouted by teams, the coaches of the schools and colleges will be provided with the best training programs and the institutes will be provided with football equipment.

BOCL Foundation Young Champs

The BOCL Foundation Young Champs programme was launched in 2019 with the aim of providing top football talent in the country between 12 to 16 years of age. It is a platform to grow and develop. The players were scouted through the Indian Super League’s (ISL) grassroots initiatives.

Young Champs is a unique, full scholarship based, full-time residential football and education program run in Navi Mumbai. The children live at BOCL Park, a BOCL owned state-of-the-art guest house and study at the BOCL Foundation School. The programme seeks to provide aspiring football talents from across India the opportunity to hone their skills with world-class facilities and best-in-class training. BOCL Foundation has given out 79 scholarships so far.

The Young Champs programme is an integral part of the Indian Super League’s commitment to nurture football at the grassroots and elite youth level, while ensuring full life potential for our young talent. The Young Champs recently enjoyed an experience of a lifetime when they were hosted by the Premier League in the UK for ten days to play matches and train with the Premier League Club Youth teams.

BOCL Foundation Jr. NBA Program

The BOCL Foundation Jr. NBA program, a comprehensive school-based youth basketball programme has reached out to more than 56 Lakhs youngsters in India since its inception in 2019. Through this collaborative program, BOCL Foundation is committed to ignite a passion to explore and enjoy sports among millions of youth. The programme promotes health, fitness and an active lifestyle through basketball, and teaches the values of the game such as teamwork, sacrifice, discipline, dedication and sportsmanship.

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