Come October 2016, and Greater Noida will boast of one-of-its-kind-in-North-India Badminton Academy. The academy is being set up by Badminton National coach and Dronacharya award winner Pullela Gopichand in association with sports management firm Sportzlive at Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida. The sports complex has been developed by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority. The commercial, technical and facilities management of the academy will be done by SportzLive, Gopichand and the GNIDA respectively.
“The Gopichand Academy will be a centre of excellence to nurture the talent of the region. It will also work towards attracting more and more youngsters towards this game,” says Gopichand.
Spread over 30,000 square feet, it will have eight badminton courts and an indoor stadium with a seating capacity for 4,300 spectators. Significantly, the academy will be divided into two parts, one will be a commercial entity which will train students from all walks of life, including corporates for an annual fee while the second will be a Centre of Excellence which will focus on nurturing budding talent, the students of which will be sponsored by the academy itself.
To begin with, the Centre of Excellence will train about 25 students in the age group 8-15 years and preference will be given to the students from surrounding areas and other parts of the state.
“We are very excited since this is my first academy in this part of the country and we look forward to promote the badminton culture here. This academy will be modelled on the excellence centre we have built in Hyderabad and over the next few years we expect talented players to emerge out of here too,” adds Gopichand.
“It is a great pleasure to partner with the Gopichand Academy and SportzLive. The academy and the stakeholders involved, share the unified vision of developing the sport and producing future badminton champions from this academy. We firmly believe that the academy will contribute towards the societal, economic and cultural development of the region,” says GNIDA Chief Executive Officer Deepak Agarwal.