Muthoot Pappachan Group, in association with former Indian badminton player Alwin Francis, have set up a world-class badminton academy in Kaloor, Kochi.
The idea behind the institution of the badminton academy is to produce several shuttlers for India who can add to the likes of the already established PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and Lakshya Sen, among others, and win laurels for the country.
MP Hibi Eden inaugurated the academy. Thomas Muthoot, Executive Director of the Muthoot Pappachan Group, and Alwin Francis were among others present during the inauguration ceremony.
“We set up the badminton academy as part of our commitment to promote the sport at the grassroots level. Our goal is to encourage school kids to pick-up the sport of badminton at an early age under the guidance of some of the best coaches. Free coaching will be provided to talented players from economically backward families.”
Muthoot Pappachan Group, which runs cricket, football, and volleyball academies, is one of the few corporate firms in the country engaged in promoting sports at grassroots level. They provide several opportunities for youngsters from the nooks and corners of the country.
According to Muthoot Pappachan Group, Alwin’s Academy is the first badminton academy to be set up by a corporate group in Kerala.
Meanwhile, leading sports equipment manufacturer Yonex has been roped in as the equipment partner of the academy and will equip players at the beginner, intermediate and professional levels.