Sports For All (SFA) is on a quest to discover India’s next sporting champion

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Rajas Joshi, COO, Sports For All (SFA)
  • SFA is on a mission to revolutionize school sporting competition
  • After a phenomenal debut, SFA Championships are back for the 2nd  edition in Pune
  • SFA Championship, Pune will be held between 20th November 2023 and 5th December 2023
  • SFA is on a mission to discover the number-one school in sports

PUNE:  Sports For All (SFA) India’s leading tech-enabled multi-sports grassroots competition platform is on a mission to revolutionize India’s grassroots sports ecosystem. With a vision to make youth fall in love with sports, SFA Championships is back with its second edition in Pune, for the calendar year of 2023.  

The SFA Championships are India’s largest school-level multi-sports competition that encourages youth to unleash their sporting potential by providing them with an Olympic-style sporting platform. Since its inception in 2015, SFA has enabled its tech IP platform for 200,000 athletes through 12 SFA Championships across geographies. 

Speaking about Pune, in its 2022 debut season, the city witnessed the participation of more than 8,000 students from over 500 schools. With 53 medals, Balewadi-based PICT Model School emerged as Pune’s leading school for sports. Football and athletics were found to be the most popular choice of sports. In fact, the city’s sporting ecosystem witnessed a steady increase in women’s participation, where 30% of the athlete pool at the SFA Championships was dominated by girl athletes.

Rajas Joshi, COO, of Sports For All (SFA), expressed, “We continue to strengthen our commitment to transform the country’s sporting culture at the grassroots and augment the sporting DNA by encouraging young athletes to play as many sports as they can. Our unique championship platform enables youth to get a glimpse of an Olympics-style competition. We are working towards contributing to the holistic development of the ecosystem and realizing the country’s quest for gold.”   

In order to encourage young athletes to participate and play multiple sports, SFA identifies the ‘Golden Boy and Golden Girl’, celebrating athletes that have won more than one medal (usually gold), in multi-sports. In 2022, PICT model school Jainam Singhavi and Rajlakshmi Chavan were crowned as the SFA Golden Boy and Golden Girl. They both outperformed their competition in Athletics and Football winning 2 medals each. 

Since 2015, SFA has conducted 12 Championships in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Dehradun (Uttarakhand), across 28-30 sports, with cumulative participation of 200,000 athletes and more than 4000 schools. In addition, the 36th National Games, Gujarat, 2022, and Khelo India Youth Games, Haryana, 2021 were powered by the SFA’s tech IP Games Management System (GMS). In 2023, SFA signed a sponsorship for the Khelo India Youth Games. The vision is to make SFA Championships the nervous system for discovering sporting potential at the school level and groom future champions, through capabilities in tech and data analytics. 

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