The Athlete Launchpad Program
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A long-term program to identify and support the right sporting talents in their quest to excel and ultimately represent India. This program supports grassroot-level athletes with an aim to qualify and represent India.

Program benefits

Athlete selected for this program gets to train by a team of experts to achieve their goal. The program covers all the basic needs of an athlete.

Program details

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Financial Support

We ease the burden for athletes by covering their coaching fees, tournament travel costs, nutritional supplements, medical and rehab costs, in addition to equipment support. 

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Nutrition Support

 Support in the area of optimal nutrition
of the athlete through consultation with an expert nutritionist and regular assessment on the nutrition requirements.

Mental Wellness

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Providing intervention in the area of mental health of the athlete to help deliver better performance. Psychological support for strong mindfulness and well-being.

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Parent Counseling

Counselling session for parents/guardians. It's important for parents to stay calm and be supportive while helping their kids navigate the perks and pitfalls in sports.

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Mentorship

Our panel of mentors will guide the program athletes through their career journey, by sharing their own personal experiences and being a valuable sounding board for them. 

Sports in focus

Sports

Para-sports

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Athletics

Swimming

Badminton

Sailing

Badminton

Swimming

Program team

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Aditi Mutatkar
Mentor

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Kalyani
Nutritionist

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Amruta Deshmukh
Sports Psychologist

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Paul Walsh, MBE
 Mentor

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Sandhya Rai
Mentor/Athlete

Eligibility

The athlete needs to have represented the district and the state in their respective sport and should belong in the age group of 11-20 years. Additionally, they have to successfully get through the SSF selection procedure to enter the program.

Stages of selection process

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 Success stories

Divya Satija

Divya is a National level swimmer. She is a national record holder in 50m butterfly category. She currently trains in Bangalore under Dronacharya award winning coach Nihar Ameen. She aims to qualify and participate in Asian Games 2020 and bring a medal home. 

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Sandhya Rai

Sandhya Rai is an Indian rugby player. She has represented India at both senior and junior level having captained the U-18 girl's team. Sandhya is the only Indian among the 16  'unstoppable' women players shortlisted from Asia, part of Asia Rugby's Rugby Unstoppable campaign. She is also pursuing her sports management degree in parallel.

TAL Athletes

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Sandhya Rai

Sandhya Rai is an Indian rugby player. She has represented India at both senior and junior level having captained the U-18 girl's team. Sandhya is the only Indian among the 16  'unstoppable' women players shortlisted from Asia, part of Asia Rugby's Rugby Unstoppable campaign. She is also pursuing her sports management degree in parallel.

Thank you for applying

The application for The Athlete Launchpad is now closed! We received an overwhelming response from athletes across India. We will now screen the profiles and shortlist the final athletes who will be supported through this program. Stay tuned for further updates!

If you are an athlete and looking for support and intervention in particular area, then reach out to us by visiting the contact page.

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