The story behind Jude Felix Hockey Academy !!!
Jude Felix Hockey Academy or JFHA is a Hockey academy started by Mr Jude Felix, former Olympian and Indian Hockey captain. He was well supported by his former team mates and Karnataka Hockey Association. The main aim of this venture was to promote the game of Hockey among the under-privileged children in our country at large and develop new talents for the game. It has not been very difficult for Jude Felix to bring in quality coaches to this academy since many former Olympians, International coaches, International and National players had all supported him in this social cause.
Dravid and Dhanraj Pillay also featured in a team of many popular Sportsmen which played an Exhibition match of hockey on the day of inauguration of the academy.
The mission of this academy has been to develop hockey at the grass roots level and nurture talent through an organization of excellence.
The four main objectives of this academy has been:
1. To promote Hockey in communities.
2. To impart Hockey skills to kids with great commitment and determination.
3. To nurture and train talented players.
4. Create an organization of excellence.
JFHA’s first project is in partnership with St. Mary’s Orphanage, Cooke town, Bangalore, since 2009. The
goal is to offer professional Hockey coaching to the children from this Orphanage. Subsequent to
the success of this pilot project, the aim of JFHA is to take the program to hundreds of other children
from other shelter homes and orphanages. Also about 30 kids from the local community participate in
ACTIVITES OF THE ACADEMY SINCE ITS START:
- Regular hockey training for the children on week days from 6 AM to 7 AM, Sunday 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM. [Mondays weekly off]
- Along with Hockey training, life skills have also been inculcated for the trainees.
- After training, special diet is provided to improve the health of the children.
- Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, U S, have interacted with the children at the
- Orphanage ground during the month of August 2009, 2010 & 2011
- We had even conducted a tournament with the participation of an International Club team from Singapore.
- Our trainees not only started representing their school hockey team, Maria Niketan from the year 2010, they have also participated in the Inter School Taluk level competitions.
Lets hope that this academy is able to rebuild the game of Hockey in India by Producing some really talented Players. We wish Jude Felix and his academy all the best !!!