NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2021-22
To discover sporting talent in the country and nurture champions of future with world-class facilities, India’s first-ever integrated school for sports and academics, The Sports School (TSS) has launched a 2021-22 National Scholarship Program.
The Sports School’s 2021-22 National Scholarship Program will be awarded to close to 60 eligible students who will receive the scholarship across four sports—cricket, football, tennis and basketball.
The announcement was made on Friday during a virtual press conference in the presence of champion athletes and The Sports School partners – Rohan Bopanna, top Indian tennis star, world-cup wining cricketer Robin Uthappa along with Mandar Tamhane, CEO of India’s top football club JSW Bengaluru FC and partner for The Sports School Football Academy. John Mahesh Rao, head coach of The Sports School Basketball Academy and TSS Director Dr Sankar UV were also present during the launch
“Today sports are not just played as a hobby but it is now looked at as career option too. With a sports-driven academic curriculum we believe students find the balance between sports and study. And this scholarship program will give us an opportunity to discover sporting talent from every corner of the country who, with the help of the champion mentors, can be groomed to become the future heroes and represent India as well as are equipped with an academic career to back them,” Dr Sankar UV, Director of The Sports School said at the launch.
The scholarship program will be offered to students in the age category of U-12, U-14 and U-16 on basis of their potential in the sport. The candidates will be evaluated based on their attitude, aptitude, commitment, sporting achievements and their performance in the trials, to be held in the month of January under the watchful eyes of the mentors and TSS administration.
“I’m glad that this scholarship program will be a great opportunity to reach out to the talented kids who give up on their dreams of a tennis career due to lack of financial support and opportunities. With this scholarship I believe the players, who have AITA ranking and want to pursue the sport at the highest level, will get the right training and guidance along with quality education,” said the Asian Games gold medallist, Bopanna, who is also the chief mentor of TSS and founder of Rohan Bopanna TSS Tennis Academy.
The 27-acre campus in Bengaluru is equipped with sporting facilities of international standards. The School started in 2019 and have already won the confidence of the fraternity with their unique approach towards education. In 2020, FICCI recognised them with the Best Education Institute Promoting Sports, thereby endorsing this holistic yet customised pursuit towards sporting excellence and uncompromised academic approach. The Sports School is affiliated to CBSE (Class 4th to 10th), Karnataka State Board (11th and 12th) and Jain (deemed-to-be university) for under graduate and post-graduation degrees.
“‘’I am Excited and Honoured to partner with The Sports School. Our Scholarship program is an opportunity to reach out to the grass-root level and create equal opportunities. Our Coaches, our Infrastructure and our focus on Strength, Recovery and Nutrition is pathbreaking.’’ Uthappa, a chief mentor of TSS Cricket Academy, said.
In a bid to be the best, TSS has tied up with the experts and champions of the game and their football partner, Bengaluru FC has scripted many success stories for Indian Football with their robust youth development programmes. While the former ISL Champion is home club for the India’s most successful footballer and skipper Sunil Chhetri, the Blues’ grassroots development initiatives have earned accolades from Asian Football Confederation (AFC) as well.
“At Bengaluru FC, our aim is to improve Indian football by scouting talent and bringing them under one roof where our Youth Development Programme gives them the best possible opportunity to grow as players. We are the only Club-operated Academy to receive the two-star rating by the AFC, and adding these young ones to our system and later our first team is the goal. Our partnership with The Sports School widens our talent pool, and the boys who are doing well will be under the watchful eyes of our coaches, which can then enable them a pathway into our youth teams. We are looking forward to the new academic year in association with The Sports School,” said BFC Club CEO, Mandar Tamhane.
“We have already seen some remarkable stories of talent and opportunity coming together in the past one year with the NBA Junior Development Programme and we intend to widespread the talent scouting through this scholarship programme. I am confident, India is a treasure trove of basketball talents and our efforts will see great results,” said John Mahesh Rao, head coach of The Sports School Basketball Academy.
The last date to submit the application is December 28, 2020 on www.thesportsschool.com, and the scholarship program jury consisting the champion mentors of each sports and other senior administrator of TSS will select the candidates.
Application Deadline is 28th December, 2020.
-This application form is only for initial screening and entry into the next rounds
-If shortlisted, you will be invited for trials at The Sports School Campus in Bangalore. We will inform you via email
-Please give your correct email id, as all communication will be over email
-No entries after the deadline will be accepted
-Please submit clear and valid copies of documents to be eligible
-The scholarship will cover only academics and sports training fees. Boarding and lodging is optional and payable extra