17th November 2022

Vedanta’s Sesa Football Academy organises ‘Football for Fun’ event to engage with Children

  • More than 40 kids participated in various fun & sports activities conducted at Sesa Football Academy (SFA) Sirsaim campus and learnt the fundamentals of sports

Sirsaim, 17th November: Vedanta’s Sesa Football Academy (SFA) organised ‘Football for Fun’ event at their Sirsaim academy campus for the kids and their parents. Over 40 kids in the age group of 3-14 years participated in the event along with their parents for fun-filled and highly engaging session at SFA including various activities such as ice breaker games, warm up sessions, matches for kids & parents etc. The numerous sessions were planned and executed by the experienced coaches and senior football team of Sesa Football Academy to provide insights about the basics of sports to the kids. Winners of games and other activities were awarded at the end of the program.

Sports development is one of the major thrust areas of Vedanta’s CSR initiatives and through such initiatives and grassroot training programs, the company aims to identify and nurture the budding sports talents. Vedanta’s Sesa Football Academy is one of the high impact Sports development programs in Goa state contributing to the upliftment of football since more than two decades and has groomed over 200+ professional footballers. SFA is continuously driving multiple initiatives such as pop-up football camps, Vedanta Football schools, Summer & Winter camps, Football training camps for the youth etc. Vedanta’s women football league is also remarkably contributing to the field of women football.

Mr. Annanya Agarwal, President, Vedanta Sports, said, “Sustainable development can only be achieved if we empower our future generations with the tools and platforms needed to develop their innate potential. At Vedanta sports, our larger vision is to create opportunities for every budding sports talent to excel further in sports. Through such grassroot events, we aim to discover and guide the young ones about the massive opportunities in sports. It was
fascinating to see the amount of energy and zeal of every kid on the ground. Kudos to my entire team for organizing such an amazing event”

Ms. Leena Verenkar, Group Head- CSR, Vedanta Limited congratulated organizing team & all the participants and said, “We, at Sesa Football Academy, aims to leave no stone unturned in discovering and grooming the aspiring sports talents, and the ‘Football For Fun’ program is a step ahead in our endeavour to engage with our employees & their kids through sports. This event further added to our journey towards expanding reach of our sports development programs and to create conducive environment for developing interest for sports among the
kids at early age. SFA is continuously engaging with Children through numerous grassroot level sports development programs such as Pop-up camps, Vedanta Football schools, Training Sensitivity: Internal (C3) camps etc.,to further expand our sports development programs and enhance our contribution towards upliftment of sports. Heartiest congratulations to the organizing team and our employees for making this event a grand success.”

Sesa Football Academy has grown significantly over the past two decades in its mission to develop footballing talent from Goa and from other parts of the country. Through various such events, SFA is creating a conducive environment for the young champs to grow and learn about football.

About Vedanta Cares

Vedanta is committed to reinvest in the social good of its neighbourhood communities and the nation. The Group’s flagship CSR project, Nand Ghar, is a network of model anganwadis where the thrust is on inclusive development of women and children at the grassroots level. The Group CSR initiative comprises of seven key verticals – Education, Healthcare, Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Livelihood, Skilling, Sports & Culture and Employee Volunteering. Vedanta Foundation, a philanthropic initiative of Vedanta Group is focused on skill development and vocational training programmes for the underprivileged to make them employable. A key healthcare speciality CSR project is the Balco Medical Center, a 200-bed state-of-the-art Cancer care hospital located in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The company supports grassroots level sports through their Football academies in Goa and Udaipur.

About Vedanta Limited

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing to India’s growth story, currently contributing 1 percent of India’s GDP. The company is among the top private sector contributors to the exchequer with the highest ever contribution of INR 42,560 Crore in FY 2019. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company has been conferred the CII-ITC Sustainability Award, the FICCI CSR Award, Dun & Bradstreet Awards in Metals & Mining, and certified as a Great Place to Work. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About SESA Football Academy

An initiative of SESA Community Development Foundation (SCDF), SESA Football Academy (SFA) was founded in 1999 for the holistic development of the local youths through football. The academy has created the conditions for discovering, creating and building talent for football. SFA does not restrict itself to football trainings but involves in a long term residential program which takes care of the formal education, skill development of the trainees during the four-year training period.

The academy has a strong focus on women empowerment through football. Since inception, SFA has trained around 200 footballers and has made tremendous impact on the football fraternity in Goa as well as across India. The graduates from SFA are serving in the national teams, Indian Super League (ISL), I-League clubs of India and clubs in Goa. 7 players have earned the national team cap and several players played the elite ISL.

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