New Delhi, 24 September 2014: In its urge to take its efforts to Maharashtra of identifying youngsters who have the capabilities of representing India, Hockey India takes on board Mumbai Schools Sports Association as its 2nd Hoc-Key Member. This association will help strengthen Hockey India’s efforts in the region and soon this tie-up will witness new initiatives being taken to promote and develop the game in the region.
Being one of the oldest associations of its kind in the world and catering to the sports needs of over 60,000 school children from over 360 schools in Mumbai every year, the Mumbai Schools Sports Association, was formerly known as Bombay High Schools Athletic Association and was founded by Sir Dorabji Jamshedji Tata in 1893 with the ‘Tata Shield for Inter-School Athletic Meet’.
The 113-year-old ‘Junior Aga Khan Hockey’ inter-school tournament has also been conducted by this association since 1901. The MSSA conducts tournaments in more than 20 disciplines of sports at the grassroots level in which 60,000 students participate annually under different age groups.
Speaking on the newly inducted MSSA, Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said, “It is prestigious moment to be associated with the 121-year old association, founded by a legendary sports enthusiast, Sir Dorabji Jamshedji Tata. The induction of Mumbai Schools Sports Association in Hockey India is a big boost for our projects being promoted at grass root levels, as their glorious history and reach in every school in Mumbai will help Hockey India to connect with young players and identify talents at an early stage. This association will also help the schools who can avail our facilities and coaching clinics during their prestigious hockey tournaments. We at Hockey India are extremely delighted to have MSAA as our new Hoc-Key Member.”
Rev. Fr. Jude Rodrigues is the present Director of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association.
Hockey India currently has 26 Permanent Members, 23 Associate Members, 1 Member through State Olympic Associations, 9 Academy Members and 2 Hoc-Key Members.