The encouragement and support for sports at Tata Steel dates back almost a century and is part of its culture. Tata Steel is one of India’s leading sports promotion companies – having built academies for football, archery, track and field, hockey and sport climbing.
It is a tradition started by the company’s first president, Sir Dorabji Tata, who sponsored India’s first Olympic team to Antwerp, Belgium in 1920. Tata Steel subsequently founded the Club. Athletics in Jamshedpur in 1927 and started sports competitions for working women and children.
Proof of our efforts in adding value to the country’s overall sports ecosystem is that Tata Steel has produced 1 Padma Bhushan, 11 Padma Shri, 1 Khel Ratna, 5 Dronacharya and 41 Persons awarded the Arjuna Prize in the field of sports.
Tata Steel has continuously been involved in the training and nurturing of professional sports athletes through academies and grassroots feeder centers. In 1984, Tata Steel founded the Tata Youth Adventure Center, today known as the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation.
Three years later, in 1987, the company established the Tata Football Academy.
Tata Archery Academy was established in 1996, which has produced many champion players such as Deepika Kumari, Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das, Limba Ram etc, who have represented India in the Olympics. .
Indian athletics was also boosted when Tata Steel opened the Tata Athletics Academy in 2004. In 2017, Tata Steel forged into the commercial side of the sport for the first time when it established Jamshedpur Football Club ( JFC), competes in India’s top soccer league. ISL tournament. The same year saw the arrival of the Navy Tata Hockey Academy. Tata Steel started this as a joint venture with Tata Trust with the aim of training budding hockey enthusiasts and thereby bringing glory to Indian Hockey in the international arena. .
Tata Steel is also running training centers for 19 different sports at the JRD Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, training nearly 2500 children every year.
Meanwhile, in addition to promoting professional sports athletes, Tata Steel also participates in promoting fitness culture among the masses through marathon competitions held in 5 cities across India.
Six years ago, Tata Steel started TSK 25 (Tata Steel Kolkata 25), a social purpose-centered 25km marathon – in support of Tata Medical Center, a cancer hospital in Kolkata. Tata Steel has also organized annual running events in Jamshedpur and Noamundi (both in Jharkhand) and Bhubaneshwar & Angul (both in Odisha).