Sports Department was incepted in 1984. Earlier it was functioning under the umbrella of Education department Chandigarh. The Department has established its full fledge establishments of Sports Directorate, District Sports Officer and Chandigarh Sports Council. Director Sports is holding the charge of Sports Department under the supervision of the Secretary Finance and Sports, Chandigarh Administration.

Since the Sports and games play a very important roles in Physical, mental and social development of human resource whereas the excellence in sports enhance the sense of achievements. A well established and adequately equipped sports stadia and playing grounds in the different disciplines of Sports have come up covering all the zones of the city. Lake Sports Complex, Sports Complexes, Sectors 7, 42, 46, Cricket Stadium, Sector 16,Table Tennis Hall, Sector 23, Hockey Centre Sector 18, Football Centre, Sector 17, Skating Rink, Sector 10 are the main stadia/centre of the Department. Besides this Sports Department have two swimming Pools in Sector 23 and one Swimming Pool at the Lake Sports Complex. Not only the courts, stadia, Pools and playing areas are provided to the players, these facilities have been extended to the General public. Cricket Stadium, Sector 16 has been increased for 30,000 .The Department has broad based sports and games by involving the educational institutions i.e. Colleges and Schools. Scheme of Sports wings and Scholarship have been extended as incentive to the players. Sports department has 47 coaches working in the various stadia/centre who are imparting training to the players for honing their skills and abilities accordingly.

Chandigarh has produced so many National & International players and athletes who have donned India colour in various disciplines of sports especially Hockey, Cricket Athletics, judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Boxing, Wrestling and Skating etc.

Chandigarh has hosted so many prestigious National and International Tournaments with the collaboration of concerned Association/Federation like Asian Rowing Championship Indira Gandhi Women Hockey Gold Cup Asian School Hockey Tournament Men Cricket series women Cricket Test Matches ATF Tennis Tournaments. All India Civil Services Tournaments, All India Gurmeet Memorial Hockey. A K Mishra Boxing Championship National Sports Festival for Women Sr. & Jr. Nationals in various disciplines of Sports. The department has also organized All India Tournament in the discipline of Football, Basketball, Handball and Table Tennis and other Tri-city in various disciplines.

Youth Affairs

Since 1997, Sports Department has starting co-ordinating the youth affairs activities alongwith the various activities in Chandigarh. This wing of sports is intended to help young people to find out their potential. The main objective behind the youth affair activities are education, awareness, training self and social development, National Integration. Since it is to retreat that the commitment for the all round development of youth and people of Chandigarh can only be achieved through the introduction of various youth activities among the students, sports participants and general public which may prepare the youth in service of the country through intellectual cultural and social developments. The following youth affair activities are being taken care by above said wing National Youth Festival, State Youth Festival/Rural Sports, Adventure activities, national Integration camp, leadership and youth camps etc.

Chandigarh Football & Hockey Academy

The Chandigarh Football & Hockey Academy was established as per the initiation taken by Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, PVSM (Retd.), the then Governor of Punjab and Administrator U.T. Chandigarh with an aim to groom the talent in the discipline of Football in this region. Initially, the Chandigarh Football Academy was started in August, 2000 with the induction of 24 young boys of 9-10 years of age. In August 2002 the Department has taken another leap by instituting Chandigarh Hockey Academy for 24 boys in the age group of 11-12 years. The academy was renamed as "Chandigarh Football and Hockey Academy".

Chandigarh Boys Cricket Academy was conceived by Gen. (Retd.) Dr. S. F. Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, the then Administrator of UT, Chandigarh and 24 inmates in the age group of 9-10 years were admitted in it. On completion of terms of 7 years. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. S. F. Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, the then Administrator of UT, Chandigarh passed orders to introduce Girls Cricket & Girls Football Academies from the financial 2008-09 and 24 inmates in the age group of 12-13 years shall be admitted in the respective academies. The terms of agreement of Girls trainees shall be kept as 5 years, as has been approved in the case of Girls Hockey trainees.

The trainees are being kept in the Academy for seven years, wherein stress on Football & Hockey training as well as education is being given. The first batch of football players inducted in August 2000 & Hockey players inducted in July 2002. Conducive environment for specific coaching and training on scientific basis has been provided in Sports Complex, Sector-42, Chandigarh. In this academy all facilities have been provided to the players on "ALL FREE" basis. Latest imported gym machines worth Rs. One crore have also been installed in the Sports Hostel, Hockey stadium, Sector-42.

Administrative Set up of the Sports Department

S. No. Designation
1. Secretary Sports, Chandigarh Administration
2. Director Sports -cum- Secretary, Chandigarh Sports Council
3. Joint Director Sports -cum- Joint Secretary, Chandigarh Sports Council
  • Head of Office
  • Vigilance Officer
4. District Sports Officer
  • Drawing & Disbursing Officer
  • Central Public Information Officer
  • Nodal Officer
    • Court Cases
    • Updation of Website
    • Press Release / correspondence

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