Introduction to ASA

RDT believes that participation of youth in sports is necessary for the growth, self-esteem and confidence of rural children. In light of this, RDT has been undertaking suitable initiatives since the year 2000, through the Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), to bring out hidden talents of rural children in different sporting disciplines.


The ASA is considered to be one of the largest sport for development programs, providing participating youth with infrastructure, equipment and coaching support. Apart from promoting sports amongst the underprivileged youth of Anantapur, it is also contributing towards their socio-educational development.

Currently, 155 grassroot program centers are operational across Anantapur district catering to a total of 10,005 youth (5,317 girls and 5,465 boys) participating in regular and weekly sporting activity. Our grassroot centers cater to 4 sporting disciplines: Cricket, Football, Hockey and Judo. The programs are run through mandal (village) clubs, sub-centres as well as government schools, and serve to provide youth with regular and sustainable access to participation in sport.

Currently, five Developmental Centers are operated by RDT in the district of Anantapur. These include the Hockey centres in Dharmavaram and Anantapur town, the multi-sport centres in Bathalapalli & Atmakur and the residential centre for Special Olympics in Bathalapalli. There are a total of 675 youth (201 girls and 474 boys) participating in regular and weekly programs in the sporting disciplines of Cricket, Football, Hockey. Kabaddi, Kho-Kho & Special Olympics.

Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) was established in 2002 as a day-boarding and residential academy for talented and motivated athletes, to aid in their holistic development, while striving to succeed at elite levels. ASV supports a total of 456 youth (127 girls and 329 boys) from the U-12 to U-19 age groups. The selection of athletes from grassroots and regional sports centres is done through a structured talent ID program developed by RDT.

About RDT

Rural Development Trust (RDT) is a non-governmental organization, founded by Vincent Ferrer and Anne Ferrer in 1969 in Ananthapuram, Andhra Pradesh. Since its inception, RDT has been carrying out various need-based welfare and integrated programs of development to improve the quality of life of rural poor, especially marginalized and underprivileged sections.


The organization’s interventions cover major sectors such as education, women empowerment, community health, hospitals, HIV/AIDS, community habitat, CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation), ecology, cultural and sports, across four districts of Andhra Pradesh and two districts of Telangana.