THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: India’s legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble is all set to strengthen his Kerala connection when he launches the Karyavattom Sports Facilities Limited (KSFL) - Tenvic Sports Coaching Academy at The Sports Hub, Kariavattom here on April 20.
The 45-year-old, whose ancestors hail from the village of Kumbla in Kasargod district, has inked a deal with KSFL, the operators of the sports facility, to bring the Tenvic Academy, he co-founded with former national table tennis champion Vasanth Bharadwaj, to Kerala.
Tenvic, inspired by Kumble’s rare ten-wicket haul against Pakistan at the Ferozeshah Kotla in 1999, will offer coaching in cricket and football in the first phase by utilising the Greenfield International Stadium, the multi-purpose indoor stadium and its premises for children aged between seven and 18 years.
According to officials, training programmes in other sports including badminton, basketball, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, squash, and swimming will follow suit. Meanwhile, the enrolment for cricket and football will close on April 15.
Apart from the international stadium that conforms to FIFA and ICC standards, the academy will also function on three basketball, three volleyball, 12 badminton and 20 table tennis courts at the facility.
“This is one of the best sports infrastructure available in the country. But to create talents, professional coaching is needed. We can help kids in Kerala to take forward their sporting aspirations. We will move the kids up through various levels based on our curriculum,” said Ravi Kumar, representative of Tenvic, announcing the deal.
Tenvic’s curriculum is formed based on suggestions from sports’ elites including Prakash Padukone, V V S Laxman, Muttiah Muralidharan and Aakash Chopra among others.
They will be coached by Tenvic certified professional coaches. Other highlights of the academy include continuous monitoring and assessment by a dedicated coordination team.
An online ‘Academy Management System’ will help the Tenvic academies to deploy online software for program tracking, capturing and reviewing physical attributes etc. For more details contact 9497714008, 9497714732 or 0471 7105011.