SKF India sponsors football team to participate in Gothia Cup, Sweden

2012 July 10, 13:49 CET

Promotes 16 children from SKF's sports academy to represent India in the under 14 category of world's largest international youth football tournament

With a sole objective to promote young talent and provide holistic growth opportunities among the underprivileged children in the adjoining communities, SKF India today announced the sponsorship of 16 member team from SKF India Sports Academy to participate in Gothia Cup 2012, the world's largest youth football tournament scheduled on July 15-21 in Sweden.

The team was selected from a pool of 30 players of age group 11 to 14 as a part of "Meet the World" tournament, a pre-event qualifying football tournament held in local SKF country locations. In India, SKF promotes the football talents from the SKF Sports Academy, the CSR arm of SKF India, committed to nurture and develop sporting talent among the underprivileged children in neighbouring communities. This tournament provides a rare opportunity for the children to display their skills and become a better global citizen. SKF India Sports Academy was established in 2005 with the vision of providing holistic development by promoting sports for underprivileged children in the neighbouring communities.

Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Manager, SKF India, said, "SKF believes that it is the fundamental right of every child to receive a holistic growth in life. Through our sports academy, we attempt to provide a platform for the children towards their all round development." He further added, "SKF India Sports academy will continue with the efforts to drive holistic growth and nurture sporting talent amongst the underprivileged children from the neighbouring communities by providing required infrastructure and grooming facilities."

All players as a part of SKF India Sports Academy receive quality coaching, training, nutrition advices from approved authorities. In addition to providing professional guidance to nurture their skills, SKF also provides necessary grooming and logistical support to help the children prepare for international events of this nature.

To gain competitive experience, SKF Sports Academy teams have participated in various national and international tournaments such as Gothia Cup, Das Memorial Trophy, PDFA League, etc. Additionally, some of the ex-players of the Sports Academy are successfully representing their candidature at various highly regarded national and state level tournaments including Subroto Mukherjee National Team and PDFA. Each batch is inducted for a period of 5 years. The first batch of Sports Academy students graduated in 2011.

Pune, July 10, 2012


About Gothia Cup:

Gothia Cup is the worlds largest and most international youth football tournament in the world. Every year 1600 teams from 60 nations participate.


About SKF

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011 were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039. For further information please visit


About SKF India

In India, the SKF Group started its trading operations in Kolkata in 1923. Since then, the group's operations have been consolidated into SKF India Ltd. SKF India Ltd also has associate companies called SKF Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd. and Lincoln Helios (India) Ltd. providing Sealing solutions, Industrial bearings and Lubrication systems. The company has manufacturing plants in Bengaluru, Pune and Haridwar.

About SKF India Sports academy

 SKF India Sports Academy was established on 15th July 2005 with the objective of providing unprivileged children from areas in and around Pune the opportunity to develop both physical and mental growth and development through sports activities. It provides professional coaching and other grooming guidance in football, cricket and hockey. The academy is equipped with state of the art infrastructure and offers a holistic learning experience to develop sporting skills.



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SKF India                                                      The PRactice

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