HZL Football Academy – ‘Team Zinc’

HZL has always supported grassroots sporting activities, especially in communities around its operations. The dream behind the HZL Football Academy is to take this support to a whole new level. It is a pioneering effort in Rajasthan to identify local football talent at an early age and train them to be Indian Football Stars.

The project has 4 pillars:

  • Community Outreach Program – Geared to generate mass community engagement in football. 64 Community Football Centers are being set up in select communities around HZL operations. Children coming to these centers receive training for 2 hours a day for 3 days a week. Goal-Post campaigns to train 32 local community coaches have also been initiated. In just 4 months since the initiation of the Project, the outreach program reached out to 3500 children from Zawar, Debari and Dariba. Talent Hunts are being initiated across Rajasthan. Given the interest shown by girls during outreach camps, plans have been put in place to explore possibilities of forming girls Football teams in the Community Football Centers.
  • HZL Football Academy – Set up as a residential program for the most talented players. Training is provided by highly qualified expert coaches using world class infrastructure facilities, latest scientific methodologies and technology. The students selected for this football Centre of Excellence receive intensive football training as well as formal education till class 12. The Academy now has a capacity of 80 boys.
  • Performance Analysis Center – A high technology centre to provide world class scientific and technological training facilities to local football talents from an early age. It is being built at Zawar and will be ready by February 2018.
  • Zinc Football League – The best way to become a football champion is to play football matches and to win games and championships. A grassroots football league is being created to strengthen community connect and to give our young champions a taste of playing real games.