Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy to support the Academy’s talented players to compete and excel in various national and international sporting competitions. This partnership is aimed at nurturing promising badminton talent in the Academy through an intensive training program with the goal of helping them become future medal contenders at prestigious sporting events such as the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
As part of the MoU, Infosys Foundation will support the Academy’s long-term, intensive all-round coaching program to be known as the Infosys Foundation – PPBA Champions Nurturing Program, through a grant of INR 16 crores. The program will commence from October 2019 and will be completed over a period of 5 years, with a target of about 65 junior athletes expected to receive training every year.
The grant is designed to help PPBA groom its trainees by:
· Providing full-time world-class coaching and related support facilities at the Academy in Bengaluru
· Offering players, a comprehensive, state-of-the-art badminton infrastructure including a sports science center, gym, swimming pool among other facilities
· Supporting the boarding, lodging and travel needs for players and coaches
· Facilitating global training opportunities for selected high potential talent
· Supporting a pan-India talent scouting program to unearth promising new talent for the future
Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Sudha Murty, Infosys Foundation Chairperson, said:
Mr. Prakash Padukone, Founder, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, said:
Mr. Vimal Kumar, Co-Founder and Chief Coach, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, who was recently awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India for excellence in coaching, said:
About Infosys Foundation
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India. The Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with infinite care, and working in areas that are traditionally overlooked by society at large.
Founded in 1994, Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) is India’s trailblazing & pioneering badminton academy that has been dedicated to supporting excellence by providing world-class coaching and all-round support facilities to talented players since the last 25 years. Co-founded by badminton legend, Shri Prakash Padukone, Dronacharya Award Winner and ex-Chief National Badminton Coach Shri Vimal Kumar along with Shri Vivek Kumar, PPBA is a recognized national training centre that has groomed successive generations of men and women badminton players to national and international standards in both juniors and seniors’ categories since its inception.
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