Sports & Youth

Sports Department was incepted in 1984. Earlier it was functioning under the umbrella of Education department Chandigarh. The Department has established its full fledge establishments of Sports Directorate, District Sports Officer and Chandigarh Sports Council. Director Sports is holding the charge of Sports Department under the supervision of the Secretary Finance and Sports, Chandigarh Administration.

Since the Sports and games play a very important roles in Physical, mental and social development of human resource whereas the excellence in sports enhance the sense of achievements. A well established and adequately equipped sports stadia and playing grounds in the different disciplines of Sports have come up covering all the zones of the city. Lake Sports Complex, Sports Complexes, Sectors 7, 42, 46, Cricket Stadium, Sector 16,Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, Hockey Centre Sector 18, Football Centre, Sector 17, Skating Rink, Sector 10 are the main stadia/centre of the Department. Besides this Sports Department have two swimming Pools in Sector 23 and one Swimming Pool at the Lake Sports Complex. Not only the courts, stadia, Pools and playing areas are provided to the players, these facilities have been extended to the General public. Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 has been increased for 30,000 .The Department has broad based sports and games by involving the educational institutions i.e. Colleges and Schools. Scheme of Sports wings and Scholarship have been extended as incentive to the players. Sports department has 47 coaches working in the various stadia/centre who are imparting training to the players for honing their skills and abilities accordingly.

Chandigarh has produced so many National & International players and athletes who have donned India colour in various disciplines of sports especially Hockey, Cricket Athletics, judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Boxing, Wrestling and Skating etc.

Chandigarh has hosted so many prestigious National and International Tournaments with the collaboration of concerned Association/Federation like Asian Rowing Championship Indira Gandhi Women Hockey Gold Cup Asian School Hockey Tournament Men Cricket series women Cricket Test Matches ATF Tennis Tournaments. All India Civil Services Tournaments, All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey. A K Mishra Boxing Championship National Sports Festival for Women Sr. & Jr. Nationals in various disciplines of Sports. The department has also organized All India Tournament in the discipline of Football, Basketball, Handball and Table Tennis and other Tri-city in various disciplines.

Youth Affairs

Since 1997, Sports Department has starting co-ordinating the youth affairs activities alongwith the various activities in Chandigarh. This wing of sports is intended to help young people to find out their potential. The main objective behind the youth affair activities are education, awareness, training self and social development, National Integration. Since it is to retreat that the commitment for the all round development of youth and people of Chandigarh can only be achieved through the introduction of various youth activities among the students, sports participants and general public which may prepare the youth in service of the country through intellectual cultural and social developments. The following youth affair activities are being taken care by above said wing – National Youth Festival, State Youth Festival/Rural Sports, Adventure activities, national Integration camp, leadership and youth camps etc.

Chandigarh Football & Hockey Academy

The Chandigarh Football & Hockey Academy was established as per the initiation taken by Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (Retd.), the then Governor of Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh with an aim to groom the talent in the discipline of Football in this region. Initially, the Chandigarh Football Academy was started in August, 2000 with the induction of 24 young boys of 9-10 years of age. In August 2002 the Department has taken another leap by instituting Chandigarh Hockey Academy for 24 boys in the age group of 11-12 years. The academy was renamed as “Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy”.

Chandigarh Boys Cricket Academy was conceived by Gen. (Retd.) Dr. S. F. Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, the then Administrator of UT, Chandigarh and 24 inmates in the age group of 9-10 years were admitted in it. On completion of terms of 7 years. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. S. F. Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, the then Administrator of UT, Chandigarh passed orders to introduce Girls Cricket & Girls Football Academies from the financial 2008-09 and 24 inmates in the age group of 12-13 years shall be admitted in the respective academies. The terms of agreement of Girls trainees shall be kept as 5 years, as has been approved in the case of Girls Hockey trainees.

The trainees are being kept in the Academy for seven years, wherein stress on Football & Hockey training as well as education is being given. The first batch of football players inducted in August 2000 & Hockey players inducted in July 2002. Conducive environment for specific coaching and training on scientific basis has been provided in Sports Complex, Sector-42, Chandigarh. In this academy all facilities have been provided to the players on “ALL FREE” basis. Latest imported gym machines worth Rs. One crore have also been installed in the Sports Hostel, Hockey stadium, Sector-42.

Administrative Set up of the Sports Department

S. No.          Designation
1.                    Secretary Sports, Chandigarh Administration
2.                   Director Sports -cum- Secretary, Chandigarh Sports Council
3.                   Joint Director Sports -cum- Joint Secretary, Chandigarh Sports Council
4.                   District Sports Officer

Sports Panorama

Sports Department have the following well established and adequately equipped sports stadia and playing grounds in the different disciplines of the sports have come up covering all the zone of city.

Lake Sports Complex: This Complex was earlier known as Lake Club and was set up in 1961 making it one of the oldest sporting clubs of the city. It has a large club house spread on 10 acre campus. Now it has been renamed as Lake Sports Complex. The Lake Sports Complex rowing course was the venue of the 1989 Senior Asian Rowing Championship and the 1994 Junior Asian Rowing Championship. Many National Level Tournaments have been organized here besides Rowing, Canoeing & Kayaking and Sailing events are also taking care of. It has playing facilities for Lawn Tennis (synthetic and Grassy), Table Tennis, Billiards Archery, Swimming, Squash, The Squash Court has been completed and now in function. Four synthetic tennis courts with flood lights. Department had organized AITA series at Lake Sports Complex which acclaimed good response from throughout of India.

A Hi-Tech Gym having imported machines has been established in 2006 at the Lake Sports Complex. A new kiddy Pool has been constructed at the Lake Sports Complex. There is a proposal for the construction of Multi-purpose Hall which having the facilities in the disciplines of Volleyball, Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Gymnastic and Wrestling but kept pending due to ban on construction at Sukhna Catchment Area.

Sector 7 Sports Complex: This complex was set up in 1960. The stadium and various courts and practice halls shall occupy a 6-acre land. The following facilities are available over there: athletics, gymnastics with imported equipment, squash. However, basketball (Synthetic) and volleyball courts are floodlighted one. Many National tournaments/events have also been organized here alongwith the North Zone Athletic Meet in 1997. A new multipurpose hall constructed in which at present Badminton sports have been started. There is also a proposal to convert existing cinder Athletic track to 8 lane Synthetic Athletic track.

Sector 10 Skating Rink: The rink was constructed in 1970. It has capacity of 500 spectators. Four important tournaments including National Skating Championship 1972 and 1974 are organized here. Nationals of other games have also been organized here. This indoor hall has Kota stone flooring. This centre offers coaching facilities in Artistic, speed and Roller Hockey events of the skating discipline.

Sector 16 Cricket Stadium: The stadium was constructed in 1960 on a 10 acre site. In addition to the pitch it has spectators seating capacity of 35000. It has new changing rooms for competing teams, practice nets, Media Centre, Spectator Gallery, T.V. Towers, Multi-Gym facilities. Major tournaments were held here like, World Cup Matches, (Men & Women both) various International Matches and test ties and Ranji Trophy matches etc. The main pitch and the practice pitches are being relayed time to time. The Cricket Stadium has various facilities at par International Standard/BCCI for hosting the one day/Test matches. One Day International between India v/s Australia has been organized on 8.10.2007 smoothly and successfully. Two practice matches was played between Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Punjab State-XI on 4th and 5th October, 2006. Flood lights have been installed at stadium in May 2013.

Sector 17 Football Stadium: The stadium was constructed in 1960 on a 4-acre site. Now the work of modernization of stadium is in progress by the Engineering Department. Sports Department organizes Administrator’s Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament (U-17 Boys) every year under the aegis of All India Football Association.

Sector 18 Hockey Stadium: The stadium was constructed in 1960 on a 4-acre land. In addition to the field and spectator seating of 1000, it has changing Room, coach Room, and Multi-Gym. Important tournaments have been organized here include All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey. National Women Hockey 1989, All India Invitation Hockey Tournament, besides Canadian & England clubs has played friendly ties. In the memory of Sh. Dharam Singh, a six-n-side hockey tournament has also been introduced since 2003. A new six-a-side hockey Astroturf ground has been created on the side of New Public School. The automatic gun sprinkler system has been installed.

All Weather Swimming Pool, Sector 23: The centre was constructed in 1962 on a 2-acre site.The All Weather Swimming Pool is functioning both the session i.e. in summer and winter.

Swimming Pool (Nursery), Sector 23: The pool was constructed in 1958 on a 3-acre site. Seating accommodates 300 spectators. In addition to the pool, the complex has Coach Room, Changing Room with filtration plant. This Swimming Pool is of 25 mtrs only for training purposes. The kiddie’s pool is constructed for the kids separately and has been made functional.

Sector 23 Table Tennis Hall: This Hall was inaugurated in May 1996 with total playing area, with wooden flooring of 42M x 14M of International standard. In this Hall 10 Table Tennis Tables can be placed and there are 48 metallic Halide lamps for indoor lighting of the Hall. The Hall is of International standard. So many National events like’ All India Veteran, North Zone Junior & Senior Table Tennis Tournaments, All India Open tournaments have been organized here.There is a proposal for the air conditioning of the Table Tennis Hall which is under process with the Engineering Department.

Sector 42 Sports Complex: This Sports Complex was constructed in 1988 on a 90-acre site.The Hockey stadium can accommodate 30,000 spectators. In addition to the Astroturf field and stadium, the complex has Indoor Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, Weight Lifting & Badminton (wooden floor), Halls and also have coaching Centre of Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Handball and Bridge. A fully furnished hostel is also a part of this complex where inmates of Chandigarh Football, Hockey and Cricket Academy are staying. Important tournaments have been held here includes Indira Gandhi International Gold Cup, Asian School Hockey, National School Games Twice, All India Women Festival, Indo-Uzabekistak 1977, Indo Pan Am Hockey 1995, All India Hockey Tournaments etc. There is a Indoor Basketball hall with Synthetic flooring in which handball and volleyball sports can also be played. The full fledged facility of Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Handball Courts (with flood lights), grassy handball courts are also available. The changing room, toilets, bathrooms etc. on the other side of N-Choe have been added as facilities. A Hi-Tech Gym has been established in the Sports Hostel of the Complex.

After the relaying of the new turf at Hockey Stadium, India V/S Pakistan, India V/S Spain and India V/S Malaysia U-19 test series held at Hockey Stadium, Sector-42, Chandigarh. Good numbers Indian Hockey Camps of (men & women) have been held here in preparation of International competitions. Floodlights for main hockey field has been installed. The 2 Nos. of Volleyball courts also constructed and functional in the complex. 4 Nos. maroon clay tennis courts and 2 synthetic courts are also in functional across the N-Chow.

Sector 46 Sports Complex: This Sports Complex was constructed in 1975 on a 4-acre site. The stadium accommodates 500 spectators. Provision of Grassy Athletic Track, Cinder Volleyball and Concrete Basketball Courts with Flood lights are there. The athletic track would be converted into 10 lanes synthetic track of International standard.

Sports Complex, Manimajra: This sports complex is under construction in a 15-acre site and there would be the facilities of Swimming, Table-Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Athletic etc. The complex likely to be completed very soon.

Sports Complex, Sector-39: In the complex there is proposal to construct Swimming Pool and outdoor Skating Rink and for the purpose the Sports Department has conveyed an Administrative approval of Rs.4,32,50,000/-.

Sports Complex, Sector-43: The Sports Complex, Sector-43 constructed in the premises of Govt. Model High School has been taken over by the Sports Department in which the facility of Swimming Pool, Table-Tennis, Squash and Badminton are available.

Sports Gradation Policy

Sports Gradation certificate is issued to the players who played from Chandigarh regarding reservation of seats in admission to Education/Technical/Medical Institutions under the control of the Chandigarh Administration. The following games have been approved for inclusion in Sports Gradation Policy:-

1. Archery 16. Judo
2. Athletics 17. Kabaddi
3. Badminton 18. Kho Kho
4. Baseball 19. Rowing
5. Basketball 20. Shooting
6. Boxing 21. Softball
7. Canoe/Kayak 22. Skating /Roller Sports (Sub Jr. upto 14 years,Jr. upto 16 years, Seniors above 16 years individual games).
8. Cricket 23. Swimming
9. Cycling-BMX, Road, Track, Mountain Bike 24. Table Tennis
10. Fencing 25. Teakwondo
11. Football 26. Tennis
12. Golf 27. Volleyball
13. Gymnastics- Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline 28. Weightlifting
14. Handball 29. Wrestling
15. Hockey

Scholarship Scheme

The Sports Department under this scheme award scholarship to the players, who got First position in the following games i.e. Archery, Athletic, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Baseball, Cricket, Canoeing/Kayaking, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Handball, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Lawn Tennis, Rifle Shooting, Rowing, Skating, Swimming, Softball, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling ( Notified by the Sports Department, Chandigarh Administration) by inviting the applications every year during the month of July/August, on the prescribed Performa for the award of scholarship for the particular year by circulating a circular to all the Principals of Colleges in U.T. Chandigarh

The District Education Officer, UT, Chandigarh, Secretaries of State Sports Associations and Director Sports (Men & Women), Panjab University and coaches of Sports Department, UT, Chandigarh for forwarding of applications to outstanding players, who have represented U.T. Chandigarh during the period ( i.e. 1st April to 31st March) and attained First position in Junior/Sub Junior/Mini Nationals, State level tournaments i.e. Senior, Jr. & Sub Jr. State and National Championship, Inter‐College tournaments conducted by P.U. and UT State School Tournaments (Sr. & Jr.), in the above said sports and games. The scholarship awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd position holders in U.T./State Championship for Senior (U‐19), Inter School & Inter College Tournament @ Rs.5000/‐, @ Rs.3500/‐ & Rs.2500 P.A. respectively and scholarship awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd position holders in U.T./State Championship for Junior (U‐14 & U‐17) Inter School Tournament @ Rs.4000/‐, Rs.2500/‐ & Rs.1800/‐ P.A respectively. A Screening Committee constituted to screen the applications of eligible players. Forms are available with the DSO office and also available on the Chandigarh Administration Website: any query please contact: 2676142 and 2676026.

Chandigarh Sports Council

Chandigarh Sports Council is a statutory body and was constituted on 1st July, 1984. The main object to constitute the committee is for financial assistance for holding of State, National and International tournaments to the Sports Associations which are duly recognized by the National Federation / Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Sports Council itself and also organizing the National /International matches itself. It also extends the cash awards to the sports persons for the International tournament and also extending financial assistance to the sports person representing U.T. Chandigarh in the different International recognized tournaments. It also undertake and implement the schemes relating to the development of sports in U.T. Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh Sports Council has started Chandigarh Girls Hockey Academy and Chandigarh Cricket Academy having strength of 24 trainees in each discipline. Council is already successfully running Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy having 90 inmates. In the Academy all facilities have been provided to the players on free of cost basis.

Scope & functions

Grant recognition to Sports Associations and to extend financial and other assistance as per rules framed from time to time for the purpose.
Avail of financial assistance on behalf of Union Territory Administration in the Sports Department from the Government of India under various schemes as promulgated from time to time.
Look after the welfare of the Sportsmen/women and to provide necessary monetary assistance to them;
Grant financial aid to selected sportsmen/women/coaches/manager/veterans for recognized international competitions, duly sponsored by the Government of India, Ministry of Sports.
Confer awards on coaches for their performance in producing players of National/International repute;
To undertake and implement schemes relating to development of sports.

The Chandigarh Sports Council grant recognition to the Sports Bodies registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and should have continued to function properly to the satisfaction of the Council for at least one year. The Sports Bodies, representing game which are on the Olympic Charter, must have their affiliation with the Chandigarh Olympic Association. The following associations are presently registered with the Chandigarh Sports Council.

1. Amateur Athletic Association
2. Chandigarh Basketball Association
3. Chandigarh Baseball Association
4. Chandigarh Badminton Association
5. Chandigarh Boxing Association
6. Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association
7. Chandigarh Cycling Association
8. Chandigarh Carrom Association
9. Chandigarh Chess Association
10. Chandigarh Football Association
11. Chandigarh Gymnastic Association
12. Chandigarh Handball Association
13. Chandigarh Hockey Association
14. Amateur Judo Association
15. Chandigarh Kho-Kho Association
16. Chandigarh Kabaddi Association
17. Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association
18. Chandigarh Olympic Association
19. Chandigarh Powerlifting Association
20. Chandigarh Roller Skating Association
21. Chandigarh Rifle Association
22. Chandigarh Rowing Association
23. Chandigarh Softball Association
24. Chandigarh Table Tennis Association
25. Chandigarh Wrestling Association
26. Chandigarh Volleyball Association
27. Chandigarh Weightlifting Association
28. Chandigarh Archery Association
29. Chandigarh Women’s Cricket Association


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