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SAI Training Centres Scheme (STC) | To groom the Junior level sports talent

To groom the junior level sports talent, SAI Training Centres Schemes creates an understanding between Central & State Government.

Last updated: 13.12.2017
SAI Training Centres Scheme (STC) | To groom the Junior level sports talent | Sports Social Blog

The Earlier (1987) Sports Project Development Area Scheme (SPDA) Scheme and the Sports Hostel Scheme of the SNIPES Board were merged, following a comprehensive study, by the Governing Body of SAI in its meeting held on 25th May 1995. The new Scheme was titled decided to merge both the Schemes and titled as SAI TRAINING CENTRE, (STC) SCHEME’.

The STC scheme was aimed at grooming junior level sportspersons in the age group of 14 to 21. Consequent to the scheme being reviewed in 2012, the age group has been changed to 12 to 18 years. In order to establish and run SAI Centres, the State Government were to provide all the infrastructure facilities, with SAI providing boarding and lodging to the selected trainees, scientific training/equipment support and minor current repairs of the infrastructure.


Main objectives were to make it possible for the Central Government and State Governments to work together for sports development efforts, through the integration of various Schemes. Correct existing regional imbalances in sports infrastructure in the Country and within a State. Enable SAI to nurture junior sports talent scientifically who had attained excellence at Sub Junior level under NSTC Scheme and induct them into the STCs/Centres of Excellence, for further scientific and in-depth coaching on a long-term basis.

In order to groom the Junior Level sportspersons 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.


Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Karate, Kayaking & Canoeing, Kho-Kho, Lawn Tennis, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling & Wushu (27 Disciplines).


(i) Age: 12 to 18 years.

(ii) Relaxation: However, relaxation both for lower and upper age limit as well as induction can be granted by DG SAI in exceptional cases based upon outstanding performance in Battery of Tests and also taking into account specific nature of the sport limited to 25% of the new induction.

The talent who could not reach the minimum level of motor quality as per battery of test may be provisionally selected for six months and only after passing the motor quality tests and specific skill test subsequently, formal induction may be made if found a fit. The battery of test result, specific test result and performance appraisal record considered at the time of admission should be properly documented as base performance so as to compare the performance enhancement of the trainees periodically.

A unique identity card (UID) number may be allotted to each trainee for the purpose of issue of UID Card and for maintaining data on the computer. Training diary of each individual trainee must be maintained, which will be taken into consideration at the time of retention and weeding out.

Financial Norms:

Retention Criteria: Retention of the inmate will be based on his/her maintaining the minimum level of performance on the basis of which the inmate was admitted and also achieving the target set for the year

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Presently there are 59 STC Centers in the country having a total strength of 5984 trainees (4220 Boys & 1764 Girls).

References: SAI Training Centres Scheme


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