India cricketer Robin Uthappa and tennis star Rohan Bopanna will mentor budding sportspersons of the country as a part of the National Scholarship Program launched on Friday by The Sports School (TSS), an integrated institution for sports and academics.
The Sports School (TSS), which was once awarded Best Education Institute Promoting Sports at FICCI India Sports Awards 2020, will award scholarships to about 60 eligible students across four sports — cricket, football, tennis and basketball.
The announcement was once made all the way through a virtual press convention attended by Bopanna, Uthappa in conjunction with Mandar Tamhane, CEO of Bengaluru FC and partner for The Sports School Football Academy.
John Mahesh Rao, head coach of The Sports School Basketball Academy and TSS Director Dr Sankar UV were also present all the way through the event.
“I’m glad that this scholarship program will be a great possibility to achieve out to the talented kids who surrender on their dreams of a tennis career because of lack of financial enhance and opportunities,” said Bopanna, who is the chief mentor of TSS and founding father of Rohan Bopanna TSS Tennis Academy.
“With this scholarship I imagine the players, who have AITA ranking and wish to pursue the sport at the highest level, will get the correct training and guidance in conjunction with quality education.” The scholarship program will be offered to students in the age category of U-12, U-14 and U-16. The candidates will be evaluated based on their potential and performance in the trials, to be held in January.
The scholarships will range in between 25 per cent to 100 per cent covering sports training and academics fees. Uthappa, a chief mentor of TSS cricket Academy said: “All through the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, I used to be in my last year of BCom and I missed my last year exams because I used to be at the World Cup. “Only the following year I could sit down for the exam that too after I had gone through special classes and that I wrote the exams. But this we don’t have to do in The Sports School, we ensure that we integrate education with sports.” TSS has also tied up with Bengaluru FC as their football partner.
“At Bengaluru FC, our aim is to toughen Indian football by scouting talent and bringing them under one roof where our Youth Development Programme gives them the most productive conceivable possibility to grow as players,” said BFC Club CEO, Mandar Tamhane.
“We are the only club-operated academy to get two-star rating by the AFC, and adding these young ones to our system and later our first team is the goal.” The final date to submit the application is December 28.[ad_2]