Kolkata: After starting the scheme or giving annual grants to clubs for creating interest in sports, the Bangla Government has come up with a programme of giving Rs 1 lakh each to sports coaching centres across the State.
The notification was published recently by the State Youth Services & Sports Department. The idea behind this is to further strengthen the sporting culture of the state, and to enable more and more sports-persons to come to the fore from even the remotest corners of the State and bring glory to the country.
The government took this decision after getting application for financial help from many institutes and coaching camps.
The salient points of the notification regarding the type of institutes that can apply for the Rs one lakh grant are having as coach a person with a coaching license or a former or current State-level or national-level player, having at least 50 trainees and having proper infrastructure in the form of field or arena or court and equipment.These apart, it includes having recommendation of the concerned district sports council or sub-divisional sports council and those not getting benefits under the Khelashree Scheme.
Meanwhile, the State Government is also planning to introduce a sports policy, which will be of immense help to the athletes. The sports policy will be introduced with an aim to ensure that more athletes can take part in the international level.
This comes at the time when the state government has already taken a series of initiatives to improve infrastructure for sports and culture in the State. World-class infrastructure has been developed in several places so that athletes can go for regular practice without having to travel to Kolkata.
The State Government has also taken up a project to develop a sports city at Dumurjola in Howrah district. Moreover, the government gives annual financial support to local clubs to promote sports. It also announced recently financial support for established coaching institutes for different sports.
Necessary support will be given to those performing well in the Commonwealth Games so that they can take part in the Asiads. Likewise those who will perform well in Asiads will be extended necessary support to ensure their participation in the Olympics.