Jwala Gutta launched her Global Badminton Academy

By: Gobadminton desk
Date: 20 Feb, 2017
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Top seeded doubles player Jwala Gutta had launched her badminton academy by the name Jwala Guttas Global Badminton Academy at Kukatpally, Hyderabad with international standards and ensured with the best equipment for the players. Having been partnered with Knock Out Wellness Labs LLP, a sister concern of Franchise India, the total investment for the venture is 20 crores. Initially, two coaches, an Indian and an international, will be training 20 players each, as part of first batch.


Academy would expand to New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Kolkata by the end of the year setting up to 50 centers consisting of 150 courts. The main idea behind this venture is to be accessible to every district and rural areas as well, in the country.


"Badminton in India is at an inflection point wherein many youngsters have started to take the sport seriously to make it their career choices. Our academy will help in scouting young talents, nurturing and training them to be the best-of-the-best. I am sure that our academy will churn out talents which will be completing with the best in the world and winning India many international accolades," Jwala said.


It would tie-up with schools for opening centers within school premises and also focus on scouting grass root talents from local schools.


"We are very excited to associate with Jwala to launch Global Academy for Badminton. With her immense experience and skills in this sport, we are sure of setting new benchmarks of badminton training in India. Our focus would be on identifying talent at a very early stage building the natural their skills with modern techniques.


"Our coaches under the mentorship of Jwala would provide right guidance and vision for players not to just learn badminton but also to make it their profession," said Mohit Verma, co-owner of Knock-Out Wellness.


Jwala Gutta had promised to to provide equal training to both Doubles and Singles as there is no proper encouragement for Doubles in the country. She said, The whole idea is to provide the players what I missed during my playing days. And, there will be no discrimination in training programmes. Equal focus will be given to both singles and doubles".


Jwala made a clear statement that this is not the end of her career as a player and simultaneously she will be mentoring. She said, I am still enjoying as a player. Because there is a dip in my rankings I am not playing too many events. But, again you must remember that I have been playing in the seniors circuit for 18 years now. There has to be some break someday. And, I will tell you all when I am going to stop playing. But, certainly not now.


It would be too early to say that the target will be to produce Olympians. I have the best people with me - coaches will be Arif Sir (Dronacharya S. M. Arif) and Govardhan Reddy, former SAAP (Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh) consolidated coach, who were part of the coaches panel which trained the likes of Saina Nehwal in her formative years at Lal Bahadur Stadium. They are experienced enough to guide me in realizing my goal of producing world class players. The idea is to give a perfect platform for the young talent, who otherwise have been denied for different reasons, Jwala said


The state-of-the-art Academy will soon have its centers across India after the first one in Hyderabad. In Telangana State, we will scout talent in the districts by first seeing if there are enough badminton courts there and adopt them before taking the best young talent from there in the GAB here, she said, It will be a Center of Excellence for sure.


On many Academies already existing in the city including Gopichand Academy, Jwala said: "Let there be healthy competition. I respect Gopis achievements as a coach. But, there is nothing wrong in having more Academies for they mean more opportunities.

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