Sports Authority Of India – Coach Education Programme – National Talent Search Portal

Sports Authority Of India (SAI) is India’s topmost national sports body. It was founded in 1984 for the promotion of sport in India by India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Under the aegis of Sports Authority Of India (SAI) there are

  • 2 sports academic institutions,
  • 10 Regional Centers (SRC)
  • 14 Centers of Excellence (COE/COX)
  • 56 Sports Training Centers (STC)
  • 20 Special Area Games (SAG) institutions.

SAI also runs Netaji Subhash High Altitude Training Center which is in Shilaroo, Himachal Pradesh and 5 stadiums in Delhi which are

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
  • Indira Gandhi Sports Complex
  • Dhyan Chand National Stadium
  • SPM Swimming Pool Complex and
  • Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.

Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is also head office for Sports Authority of India.

Sports Authority Of India Regional Centers

  • SAI Netaji Subhas Western Centre at Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • SAI Netaji Subhas North-East Regional Centre at Imphal, Manipur
  • SAI Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre at Kolkata, West Bengal
  • SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre at Chandigarh
  • SAI Chaudhary Devi Lal Northern Regional Centre at Sonepat, Haryana
  • SAI Netaji Subhas Regional Centre at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • SAI Netaji Subhas North-East Regional Centre at Guwahati, Assam
  • SAI Udhav Das Mehta Bhaiji Central Centre at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
  • SAI Netaji Subhas Southern Centre at Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • SAI Regional Centre at Mumbai, Maharashtra
Sports Authority Of India College

Sports Authority Of India College

As mentioned before, there are 2 sports college under SAI. These institutes offer graduate and postgraduate courses in sports medicine, athletics and physical education to train coaches and allied athletics support personnel.

Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NSNIS) Patiala , Punjab

  • Certificate Course in Sports Coaching ( SAI Regional Centres )
  • Diploma in Sports Coaching
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Sports medicine
  • Master’s degree in Sports Coaching

Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education (LNCPE) Thiruvananthapuram , Kerala

  • Bachelor Degree in Physical Education (BPE)
  • Master Degree in Physical Education (MPE)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) ( both regular and part time options )

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SAI Special Area Games Centers

There are twenty Special Area Games (SAG) centers located at

Mayiladuthurai (Tamil Nadu) Kishanganj (Bihar)
Tellicherry (Kerala) Kargil
Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Alappuzha (Kerala),
Sundergarh (Odisha) Dhar (Madhya Pradesh)
Bolpur (West Bengal) Jagatpur (Odisha)
Agartala (Tripura) Aizawl (Mizoram)
Imphal (Manipur Utlou ( Manipur)
Kokrajhar (Assam) Tinsukia (Assam)
Namchi (Sikkim) Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh)
Gidhaur (Bihar) Ranchi (Jharkhand)

Sports Authority Of India – Coach Education Programme

On June 13 and June 14, Sports Authority Of India, conducted an internet test for coaches following an in-depth 21-day online coach schooling program in 22 disciplines in association with the National Sporting Federations.

The exams where conducted through National Testing Agency (NTA).

You can follow below link for more information on the exam:

Sports Authority Of India – National Talent Search Portal

There are different sports promotion schemes from SAI. The aim of such schemes are to identify talents and to nurture them to become national and international level players.

All these schemes are implemented through the network of SAI centers.


Various disciplines under which SAI selects kids are as under

  Sepak takraw  Wushu  Fencing  Shooting  Gatka
  Badminton  Kho-Kho  Table Tennis  Basketball  Wrestling
  Karate  Athletics  Judo  Archery  Kayaking and Canoeing
  Kabaddi  Swimming  Thang-Ta  Weight-Lifting  Gymnastics
  Cycling  Boxing  Hockey  Volleyball  Mukna
  Silambam  Football  Handball  Softball  Taekwondo


There are 9 Schemes under which you can apply

Sr.No.SchemeScheme Short NameScheme Type
1SAI Training Centre(s)STCResidential and Non-Residential
2Centre of ExcellenceCOEResidential and Non-Residential
3Special Area GamesSAGResidential and Non-Residential
4SAI National Sports Academies (NSA)NSAResidential and Non-Residential
5Ext. Centre of STC/SAGExt. CentreNon Residential
6Army Boys Sports CompaniesABSCResidential
7NSTC Regular SchoolsNSTCNon Residential
8NSTC AkharasAkharaNon Residential
9NSTC IGMAIGMANon Residential

SAI Training Centres

The purpose of SAI training senters are to groom the junior level sports persons ie. in the age group of 12-18 years.

SAI Training Centres (STC) are established in a State where the sports infrastructure is provided by the respective State Governments.

Individual Sports: From 12 years to 18 years
Team Sports: From 10 years to 18 years

Centre of Excellence

The Scheme of Centers of Excellence was launched in 1997 as a natural corollary to the Schemes for Sub-Juniors and Juniors.

The scheme envisaged induction of sportsperson, who had performed well at Senior National Competitions. This is to further advance scientific training at the Regional Centres of Sports Authority.

Such Centers of Excellence act as regular coaching and development camps for the best talent available in India and have many layers of prospective sports persons, giving national teams a broader range of talent and consistency and providing alternate second and third choices.

From 12 years to 25 years.

Special Area Games

Special Area Games (SAG) Scheme aims at scouting natural talent for modern competitive sports and games from inaccessible tribal, rural and coastal areas of the country and nurturing them scientifically for achieving excellence in sports. The Scheme also envisages tapping of talent from indigenous games and martial arts and also from regions/ communities, which are either genetically or geographically advantageous for excellence in a particular sports discipline. The main objective of the Scheme is to train individuals having potential in a given sports in the age group of 12-18 years.

Age Limit
Individual Sports: From 12 years to 18 years
Team Sports: From 10 years to 18 years
For children having genetic advantage: From 12 years to 14 years

SAI National Sports Academies (NSA)

The National Sports Academies (NSA) Scheme is SAI’s new proposal under Sports Promotional Schemes to encourage single-disciplined sports. Therefore, Sports Academies are being set up by SAI, in conjunction with the National Sports Federations, to promote sports talent in the age group of 14-25 years in the respective sports discipline.

The Academy Scheme provides support for new training centers with state-of-the-art sports facilities , equipment, necessary sports science infrastructure and trained staff to meet the daily needs of trainees. Both residential and non-residential trainees will be at the Sports Academies.

Age Limit
From 12 years to 25 years.

Ext. Centre of STC/SAG

The STC / SAG centers Scheme expansion centers were launched to cover schools and colleges for broader coverage, with a view to improving sport standards in schools and colleges needing basic sport facilities and producing good sporting results. Trainees in the 10-18 year age group are chosen for routine training on Non-Residential Basis.

Age Limit
From 10 years to 18 years.

Army Boys Sports Companies

This is a collaborative venture of SAI with the Indian Army, The main objective of the Scheme is to make use of the good infrastructure and disciplined environment of the Army for training boys in the age group of 8-14 years of age, to achieve excellence in sports. After attaining the required age of seventeen and a half years, the trainees are also offered placement in the Army.

Age Limit
From 8 years to 14 years.

NSTC Regular Schools

1.National Sports Talent Contest, (NSTC) Scheme was introduced to scout sports talent from schools in the age group of 8-14 years and to develop them into potential medal hopes by scientific research.

2. Under the Program, SAI adopts schools that have strong sport facilities and record creditworthy sport results. The Program requires studying and playing in the same school for the budding sportsperson. In addition to the main NSTC scheme (introduced in 1985), in which standard schools are implemented, a few distinct sub-schemes have been introduced to further reach out to sporting talent in India, including those involved in indigenous sports and games. Such NSTC sub-programs include: Indigenous Games & Martial Arts (IGMA) & Akharas

Age Limit
From 8 years to 14 years.

NSTC Akharas

Wrestling was a common indigenous country sport and played mainly at village level. India has won multiple international medals in the past, and has become a reckoning force. But now it has become difficult for Indian wrestlers to win medals in the tournaments of the senior level due to the changes in conditions under which the sport is played in international competition. Hence, attempts are being made to create a broader foundation for modern wrestling and complement the country ‘s efforts by various akharas.

Age Limit
From 8 years to 16 years.


The plan was accepted by the Governing Body of SAI in its 28th meeting on 12 November 2001 with a view to promoting indigenous games & martial arts in schools in rural and semi-urban areas and scouting talent in these games for nurturing in modern sports. The Honorable Minister of Sports & Youth subsequently approved the adoption of schools operated by educational institutions with clusters of schools such as Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, DAV, Vidya Bharati and similarly positioned institutions for the promotion and development of indigenous games & martial arts within the current NSTC system.

Age Limit
From 8 years to 14 years.

Process to apply for a scheme on National Talent Search Portal

You need to visit the portal site – click here for the website

Step 1 – Register on the site. Both kids can register or parents can register on behalf of kids

Step 2 – Create a profile. This is a very very important step. Every year many people apply for the SAI schemes. In order to get shortlisted you need to complete the profile with all the available information like your details, competitions participated, certificates etc

Step 3 – Apply for a scheme. Once the profile is completed you can visit the schemes section and apply for it.

Direct link to check your eligibility

So friends, as you can see, there is a lot of focus on sports from government and there are various schemes to identify and nurture talent and give all the talented kids in sports an opportunity and platform to increase and improve their skills.

If you are a budding sports person in any discipline, you can apply for various schemes run by SAI which will help you get international level training.

Sports today can be a very good career option friends. It offers a life which is active and stress free. You can make a career out of it.

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