Of late there has been a growing effort to improve India’s world standing in hockey and the change is there to be seen. From getting foreign coaches to the establishing of the Indian Hockey League, there is resurgence in the interest to put hockey on track. Newer astro-turf grounds have also started coming up.
However, years of neglect have meant that the grass root level structure has been left weakened. Earlier hockey thrived because there was great interest at the school level and talent could progressively move up in a structured manner. At ASF we want to revive the interest and competitiveness at the schools’ level.
We have two boys’ teams – U-14 and U-16 that make up our Hockey Academy.
The Master’s Cup
Coorg has always been a happy hunting ground for some of hockey talent and has consistently contributed great hockey players to the Indian team. In fact, Coorg has the world’s largest hockey tournament conducted every year. Here there is a natural inclination for the game resulting in a large pool of talent.
The Master’s Cup, was launched in 2014 as a tournament for the best hockey teams in Coorg. This is a prize money event which, we believe, will generate interest for schools to encourage the playing of hockey.
In 2018 The Master’s Cup will move out from Coorg to Bengaluru to include teams from other parts of the state.