HCL announces India’s major inter-school Tennis Tournament in Delhi NCR
Today, dated 16th July 2015, HCL Corp. announced its efforts to promote Tennis among school children in partnership with Mahesh Bhupati Tennis Academy (MBTA). The effort is to identify and nurture new talent right at a young age. On the occasion they also announced the “Inter school Tennis Challenge” for schools in Delhi NCR region to be held from July 27 to August 2, 2015, to be held at DLTA Tennis courts, Safadarjung Enclave, New Delhi.
The tournament aims to reach all schools in Delhi and NCR to inspire aspiring Tennis players in showing their skills. Divided into two categories,
Team Championship (U/15 boys and girls) and
Individual championship (U/17 boys and girls)
Each school can send 5 participants per team.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Sundar Mangalam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corp. said “There is a tremendous scope for developing sports in India, and we have seen this happening over the last year through Soccer/Football and Kabaddi. Sports helps improve one’s stamina and vision, thereby opening multiple doors and helps youth move forward. He was pleased to say that through this tournament HCL was trying to promote and encourage the youth of India and hoped that some of the finds of the event would go further and become leading personalities in the future.
Gaurav Natekar, CEO MBTA also spoke on the occasion and said that it is an effort to create a solid home ground for the young tennis aspirants. India always had the talent but it has not been harnessed effectively. Finance has been the key issue for this problem, but with efforts already been undertaken by AITA and sports ministry, he hoped that this current initiative by HCL and MBTA will further strengthen the quality of tennis players in India.
Maheh Bhupati, the ace Tennis player and MD at MBTA also said in his message that there is tremendous scope for sports in India and Tennis in particular being his favourite, it was a special occasion for him. With MBTA and HCL joining hands he hoped to promote Tennis. India is now making her presence in the Tennis circuit and we saw this during this year’s Wimbledon tournament. He hoped that we can make more sports Icons though the event and make our country proud.
About HCL –Founded in 1976 it is one of the premier IT Company in India. Starting as a startup company, HCL today has four companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies, HCL Healthcare and HCL Talent care. The group turnover is USD 6.5 billion dollars and employs 105,000 employees across 31 countries. www.hcl.com.
MBTA was started in 2006 when Mahesh Bhupati’s vision became a reality. Mr Gaurav Natekar, CEO is the driving force behind MBTA now, and today MBTA is one of the pioneer Tennis academy of the country. http://www.mbtaworld.com/
Through this partnership HCL and MBTA plan to spread the word about Tennis to the rural areas also, and to do so they have sent invitations to schools in the rural areas in Delhi NCR also. A number of Govt schools in and around Delhi have also been invited.
Another nice feature is the decision of not giving away cash prizes to the winners of the tournament. The winner of each event will be sent for one week’s training to Germany, thereby further improving his/her skills. The runners up will also be given training at other coaching schools. The idea is that – the cash prize gets used up in other expenses, and the sport is left unattended.
I think it’s a commendable effort and these efforts should be applauded and everyone should whole heartedly get involved.
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