Hockey

Aim

Revive Hockey in Anantapur by popularizing the sport across the district through schools and rural centres, as well as provide a platform for talented and motivated youth to play at higher levels, ensuring a better and more secure future for them.

The ASA runs a Hockey program across the district of Anantapur through a total of 35 centers. The Hockey programs were initiated, for both boys and girls, in 2006.

 

The ASA currently has a total of 1,659 (659 girls and 1,000 boys) youth participating in regular, weekly programs across all centres. The programs are implemented through three types of centres: Grassroot Programs, Developmental Centres and the Anantapur Sports Village.

Grassroot Programs

Currently, a total of 32 grassroot programs through government schools are running across the district of Anantapur. Of these 32 centres, 28 schools run programs for both girls and boys. A total of 1,524 youth (609 girls and 915 boys) participate in regular, weekly Hockey programs at the school level.

 

The students have access to gravel grounds in each school and are provided with training gear and equipment by RDT. All the grassroot programs are run by the PE teachers of the school, whereas the PE teachers, students and the programs are supervised by RDT coaches. Students from these schools participate annually in the RGKA (Rural Competitions) and SGFI (School Competitions) competitions at District, State and National levels.

Development Centres

There are currently 2 development centres running, one in Anantapur Town and the other in Dharmavaram Town – both established in 2010. While the Anantapur centre has 30 youth (all boys), the Dharmavaram centre has 45 youth (20 girls and 25 boys) participating in regular, weekly programs.

 

The entire program is supported by RDT, where all children are provided with quality facilities including full-sized dirt grounds, training gear and hockey equipment along with the services of full-time coaches.

Hockey Academy at Anantapur Sports Village

The Hockey academy at Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) was established in 2007 for boys and 2010 for girls. It supports a total of 30 boys and 30 girls playing at U-12, U-14 and U-17 age groups. The athletes are selected from the grassroot school programs and regional development centres, through a structured Talent ID program developed by RDT.

 

The entire program at the ASV is supported by RDT, where all athletes are provided with the necessary support for their holistic development. The ASV hosts quality infrastructure, including two full-sized gravel hockey grounds, an office space and storage facilities. The athletes are provided with a full nutrition program, incorporating all three daily meals as well as additional diet aligned to their training needs.  Moreover, they are provided educational support with free of cost access to RDT’s partner schools and colleges.

 

All hockey academy players participate in State Level competitions. In the 2014-15 season, 28% of hockey academy players participated in National Level competitions.

Major Achievements And Events

  • RDT Invitational Hockey Championship for Boys and Girls since 2007 and 2011 respectively
  • Father Vicente Ferrer (FVF) District Hockey League for Boys and Girls since 2006
  • Rayalaseema Hockey League since 2011 for Boys and Girls
  • Visit to SAI (Sports Authority of India), Bangalore and other Academies for practice and to develop competitive exposure on artificial turf surfaces.