Vedanta grabs top honours in the Sports Development category at the ET  NOW presents CSR Leadership Awards


Gets the top billing in Sports Development for its landmark work in the 
development of grassroots football in Goa and Udaipur

Goa Khabar: Vedanta Limited was awarded for
its work in Sports Development at the ET NOW presents CSR Leadership
Awards, organised by World CSR Day. The glittering awards function,
which was held in Mumbai, had the top names in the country in the
Corporate Social Responsibility space in attendance and saw Vedanta
Limited recognised for its initiatives to develop grassroots football in
the country.

World CSR Day is an independent and not-for-profit, guided by the
Advisory Council. Its purpose is to make “work and working lives

Through its initiatives around football, Vedanta Limited has pledged its
support to the development of Indian Football with particular emphasis
on social and economic upliftment, youth development, community
building, women empowerment and promoting healthy living. The
initiatives taken by the company has produced nine players that have
played in the national team apart from many others have represented
various teams in the Indian Super League and I-League.

The SESA Football Academy in Goa started in 1999,  provides youngsters
an elite football training programme to groom them into professional
footballers. The programme runs two state-of-the-art residential
academies in Goa, training 70 boys who have come from various parts of
the country. The academies also train over 250 kids on a non-
residential basis. The initiative also has a significant community
outreach programme with Vedanta Football Schools covering over 500 kids
in 16 villages in Goa.

The other initiative of Vedanta Limited – Zinc Football, is a
one-of-a-kind initiative in the country which lays emphasis on promoting
grassroots football in India by providing coaching to over 2500
passionate children by skilled football trainers at 64 community
football centres in Rajasthan. At the heart of this initiative is a
residential academy at Zawar, near Udaipur, with world-class facilities
and the country’s first ever ‘technology-hinged football training’. The
academy is currently training its first batch of 30 children, all of
whom are under 14.

Mr. Annanya Agarwal, President of Vedanta Football Project, said, “We
are really proud of this achievement and I thank World CSR Day for this
wonderful award. This is another stepping stone towards the sports
development initiatives that Vedanta Limited has taken over the years.
Recognitions such as these motivate and inspire us to work harder to
achieve the goal of holistic development of the local youth through
football. We will keep the spirit of football alive in India and keep
nurturing players at the grass root level.”