JammuStrengthening India's Sports Talent Feeder Systems: A Call for Sporting Excellence

Strengthening India’s Sports Talent Feeder Systems: A Call for Sporting Excellence

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Tawi: The contrast in support for potential athletes between and China is glaring. In India, a mere 0.00065% of the population aged 8-25 years receives support, whereas in China, this number is ten times higher. This stark difference underscores the urgent need to address the middle of the talent pyramid in India.In a remarkable journey marked by success and impact, PathwayZ – an initiative by Sportz Village emerges as a proven force in bridging the gap between grassroot sports and elite competition. With a legacy of achievement and support from various stakeholders, PathwayZ is not merely a new program but a solution to the broken middle layer in India's sports talent pyramid.PathwayZ, since its inception, has witnessed immense success with 7500 student-athletes participating in after-school training programs across the country. This initiative has garnered widespread support from multiple CSR partners, including HCL Foundation, Latent View, Chambal, and governmental organizations such as the Sports Authority of Gujarat.The impact of PathwayZ is evident in the achievements of its participants, with 18 national-level players and 77 state players emerging from the program. The success stories are not just statistics but real-life transformations, such as Bala receiving a 100% scholarship for residential training in football. Additionally, Tanisha and Shaily Phugat sisters secured in the UP police through sports quota, while Sarita, a state-level kabaddi player, is being groomed for a career as a Physical teacher.In the pursuit of sporting excellence, PathwayZfocuses on creating multiple pathways for student-athletes to enhance their lives. By strategically aligning efforts in schools, data, and leveraging existing investments, PathwayZ aims to bridge the gap between grassroots sports and elite competition. The initiative becomes a beacon of hope, nurturing talent at the foundational level and providing a pathway for aspiring athletes to ascend the talent pyramid.Saumil Majmudar, Co-founder, CEO & Managing Director of Sportz Village emphasizes, “Our focus with PathwayZ is clear: Schools, Data, and Existing Investments. By strategically aligning efforts in these areas, we can create a robust talent feeder system that nurtures and propels India's future sports champions onto the global stage.”The initiative is further strengthened by the continuous support from partners such as HCL Foundation, Latent View, Plaeto, Bril, and others.Latent View, keen on sports development, embarked on a unique project with government school kids, providing a platform for these students from grassroots to elevate to elite pathways. Completing 2 seasons of the Chennai Kaalpandhu League in partnership with Sportz Village Foundation, Latent View has witnessed success, with 7 kids taking up football training at renowned sports academies. As they echo, this initiative exemplifies their commitment to nurturing talent and providing opportunities for upward mobility in the sports domain.RaviKallayil, CEO and Founder of Plaeto, expresses, “Plaeto was built with the mission to bring the joy of play to all. Our partnership with Sportz Village is a great platform that allows us to bring this mission to life at the school level for children. This is also a great example of how like-minded organizations can come together to make an impact in India.”

 

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