Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS), an initiative to professionalize school and college sports, was kicked off on Saturday by Mrs Nita Ambani, who is a member of International Olympic Committee and Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, who was joined by Bollywood actor and Mumbai City FC co-owner Ranbir Kapoor.
Speaking at the launch event, Mrs. Ambani said that the main motive of RFYS was to bring an overhaul in the fortune of Indian sports.
“Reliance Foundation Youth Sports was set up with the aim to propel India’s growth towards a multi- sports nation through robust school and college level initiatives. Reliance Foundation will also introduce the ‘Student Athlete’ programme at early student life to scout, nurture, guide and create a viable career path for young sportspeople across the country in all discipline of sports", she said.
As of now, participatory cities in the RFYS are Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune, but the number is expected to bludgeon from 8 to 16 in a year, and to a target of over 50 cities by the fifth year in 2020.
RFYS had also set up an elite six member Advisory Board consisting of leading sports personalities and educationalists, which include Nita Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Saina Nehwal, Prof. Dipak Jain and Ranbir Kapoor.