Reliance Foundation launches Youth Sports initiative

Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick started the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) mission which starts with a nation wide football competition...
The RFYS initiative with its prime endeavour of developing sports in India and promote sports among the youth was inaugurated with much fanfare, as it aimed to reach more than 2 million children in its first year itself. 

The Prime Minister along with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Vijay Goel and Reliance Foundation Chairperson, Mrs. Nita Ambani launched the grand plan to inculcate sports among a multitude of disciplines among youth from every corner of India. 

The Prime Minister spoke about how sports could integrate the whole country, while interacting with kids from across the country.

With Narendra Modi urging the nation to 'Let's Play', the RFYS initiative will have football competitions in eight cities competing in four categories i.e. Junior Boys (Grade 7 - 10); Senior Boys (Grade 11 - 12); Senior Girls (Grade 11– 12) and College Boys (Graduate institutes). Participating teams across categories will compete in city qualifiers beginning August 2016, followed by City Championships in October/November and finals to be played in January/February 2017.

The scale up would see the competition to be played in 32 cities by the third year and further expanding to 50 cities in the fifth year.

The likes of basketball, badminton, volleyball and tennis would be also added come the second year, with the initiative going to atleast sixteen cities. 

As part of the Digital India initiative, the RFYS also plans to broadcast at least 3000 games from its inaugural football competition on its digital platform. They expect this to solve the problems in scouting talent and provide widespread exposure to footballing talent as a means of developing the overall infrastructure in the country.

Mrs. Ambani also spoke of funding and providing scholarships to deserving kids as a means to continue their pursuit in the sporting field.

“It has been my dream to see India develop as a multi-sports nation. I truly believe that sports can develop the youth in our country and inculcate values of self-discipline, sportsmanship, team spirit, leadership, integrity as well as promote a healthy lifestyle. Our vision is to promote and encourage large participation across multi-sports discipline in over 50 plus cities by 2020 and create opportunities for youngsters to take up sports as a professional careers,” said the Chairperson.

The advisory board to guide RFYS includes a clutch of eminent personalities including Nita Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Saina Nehwal, Ranbir Kapoor and Professor Dipak Jain.