Sport is increasingly being viewed by the society in general and young people in particular as a tool to achieve personal and community development objectives. Government and non-government agencies, at national as well as international level, are incorporating it in their strategies to address humanitarian and development work. Sport is also being adopted as a part of corporate social responsibility by VANDEU. With increased exposure to global sporting events, the youth has evolved, and there is a growing interest for new sports. From Messi to Murray, young Indians have found a whole new set of heroes. Adding to this is the slew of recent wins by Indian sporting icons that have inspired youngsters to pursue their passion for sports. The success stories of Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom and Dipika Pallikal have also inspired a lot of young girls to pursue sports For us at VANDEU SPORTS CLUB, sport is an employment-enhancing vocational skill which can contribute to eradicating extreme hunger and poverty; promoting education, gender equality and empowering youth. We provide a platform where youngsters from every sections of the society get a chance to showcase their talent in sports and foster it as a mean of livelihood. We attempt to teach them the importance of character and personality building.

However, to develop a culture of sports, the most important element is a mindset change on the part of parents. Because Indian parents often do not see the important role that sports play in the development of our children, coupled with the fact that currently in India sports is not yet considered as a viable career path, parents generally discourage children from spending too much time on the playing field. In this age of increasing child obesity, it has never been more important to encourage children to turn off the television, shut off the video games, and go outside to play. Sports teach our children valuable life skills that will be carried into adulthood regardless of their ultimate profession. These include perseverance, cooperation, teamwork, leadership and conflict resolution.

What do we want to achieve?
We want to have transformed sport in INDIA so that sport becomes a habit for life for more people and a regular choice for the majority. Our strategy will:

See more people taking on and keeping a sporting habit for life;

  • Create more opportunities for young people;
  • Nurture and develop talent;
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places;
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding;
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities.

We are seeking a year-on-year increase in the proportion of people who play sport once a week for at least 30 minutes. In particular, we will raise the percentage of 14-25 year olds playing sport once a week and reduce the proportion dropping out of sport.


  • VANDEU SPORTS CLUB partners with schools to ensure that sports and play are integrated into the curriculum.
  • Local youth are trained to be Sports and life skills coaches.
  • Coaches run weekly sports activities in the schools.
  • VANDEU SPORTS CLUB provides sports infrastructure and playground equipment.
  • VANDEU SPORTS CLUB focuses on children aged 4 to 16 who get involved in a 90-minute session per week.
  • VANDEU SPORTS CLUB builds school sports infrastructure in schools.

OUR's Strategy

The Right Facilities in the Right Place


Preventing the Loss of Sports Facilities
The protection of existing sports facilities and access tonatural resources used for sport and recreation is vital forsports development, overall quality of life for communities and protection of the environment. Playing fields in particular area scarce resource which, if lost to development, can be very difficult to replace. A robust and up-to-date needs assessmentand related strategy for sport should underpin facility protection,justifying policy and decisions on development.

To prevent the loss of sports facilities and land along withaccess to natural resources used for sport.

VANDEU Sports Club:

  • Seek to protect all existing sites and facilities and access to natural resources which are important for sport andrecreation.

Promoting Better Quality, Access andManagement of Existing Facilities

The best use should be made of current provision to meet the needs of communities and providing opportunities forparticipation. This can be achieved in a variety of ways including: improving the quality and capacity of provision (such as the drainage of natural turf pitches and, whereappropriate, provide sports lighting of outdoor facilities); enhancing access to provision (such as the dual use of educational facilities); and the management of provision tomake full use of facilities (such as accommodating the needs ofmultiple users of a sports hall).

OBJECTIVE: To ensure that the best use is made of existing facilities in order to maintain and provide greater opportunities for participation and to ensure that facilities are sustainable.

Vandeu Sports Club

  • Expect a robust and up-to-date assessment of need to identify and prioritize opportunities for enhancing existing facilities.
  • Promote the use of good management practices in order tohelp improve the quality and accessibility of facilities.
  • Encourage new and wider provision on existing sitesand support wider community access, particularly ofschool facilities.
  • Promote the installation of sports lighting to help maximize facility use and its sustainability, whilst protecting residentialamenity.
  • Seek to improve access to the countryside for sport,encouraging the best use of Green Belt locations andfacilities to enhance opportunities for sport and recreation.

Ensuring a Planned Approach tothe Provision of New Facilities to Meet Demands
The provision of a range of opportunities to participate in sport is fundamental to sustainable development and helps tocreate balanced communities which fulfill the demands andexpectations of their residents now and in the future.

To ensure that new sports facilities are planned for and provided in a positive and integrated way and that opportunities for new facilities are identified to meet current and future demands forsporting participation.


  • Support the development of new sports facilities which are fit for purpose, meet identified needs and complement existing provision.
  • Encourage the development and maintenance of robustassessments of need which identify the likely demand to begenerated by new development and which take account ofthe adequacy of existing provision.
  • Seek financial contributions for the provision andmaintenance of new facilities, particularly as part of newdevelopment.
  • Identify partnership opportunities with organizations workingin the natural environment to explore the provision of newsports facilities and access to natural resources.