Connecting the Dots

Working in isolation and not able to produce desired outcomes

As per study by FICCI,

Existing silos of different Government departments and Ministry of YAS, HRD, Health and Tourism


Not even 2-5% of the people can reach level of excellence in sports and become champions. More than 90% People/ players who are passionate for a career in sports are not skilled and do not have job oriented training available hence don’t get the opportunities and leave the sports ecosystem and join other streams. On the other hand sports sector is marred by gap of experts and professionals who then are mostly hired from abroad. Prospective


It is required to bridge the demand-supply gap that is skill development for sports and allied activities which can be created by giving right direction and orientation to the Sports enthusiasts and keeping them with in the ecosystem.

As per study by FICCI,

It may already be apparent that India is moving out of the shadows and beginning to take noticeable steps into the sports arena.

Skill erosion in sports is a serious constraint: More than 90 per cent of the sports persons who take up sports as a passion leave sports because of non-availability of opportunities within Sports Sector. The limited employment opportunities act as a deterrent for those who want to pursue sports because only 2-5 per cent reaches excellence in sports. Even those who reach at pinnacle leave it due to lack of career opportunities. The education system has no stream for sports at any level, except in isolated institutions. This is a constraint in getting persons with the special skills, and aptitude that is required for the various roles.

On the other hand, however there is an absence of support system in sports i.e. right kind of coaches, academy, event managers, sports goods manufacturers, infrastructure managers and developers, administrators, sports scientist, physiotherapists, sponsorship experts and so on. Hence there is a demand of sports experts from outside India. And on the other hand 78% of the children who join school show some interest and often, good aptitude for one sport or the other than anything else but they don’t pursue their passion because of lack of encouragement and lack of career opportunities.

Challenge areas are the lack of professional training or evaluation and therefore, lower skills and no acceptability for workforce. Also, most courses are outdated and need to be redesigned. There is lack of linkage in industry, Government departments and educational institution. This results in poor quality, and most importantly, huge attrition rates because the typical sports enthusiast does not see a clearly mapped career linked with his/her personal growth through the right kind of training. Though there are courses being offered through various physical education and sports institutions across diploma, bachelors/ masters/PhD. but these courses do not cover skill development relating to the sector need and there is a disconnect between requirement of industry, training provided and skills available.

In India, there will be 1.33 million new sports persons by 2017 which implies India will require a staggering 0.3 Million sports personnel (support staff) in sports sector. At present most of this demand is fulfilled by foreign experts due to lack of quality sports education and hence non availability of employable human resource in India. It is now time to revive sports education with a holistic approach of training, and fulfill the demand of skilled personnel and provide opportunities to youth by giving them right direction and orientation.

It is important that stakeholders in the industry and experts in India should work towards setting up Occupational Standards, Qualification Framework for SPEFL. There is a need of institutions which provide specialized education in SPEFL which is an opportunity for educational institutes to develop specialized degree, diploma courses and training programmes for fulfilling this latent demand.

Their is a need of engaging with the employers so that the curriculum will be updated regularly based on the sector needs which will also improve the employability of the workforce and sporting scenario of India.


It demands skill development for sports and allied activities which can be created by giving right direction and orientation to the Sports persons which is possible by rapid institutional capacity building of existing institutes. This will fulfill the demand of skilled personnel and will also provide opportunities to those people/ players who are passionate for a career in sports but don’t get the opportunities. In the long run this initiative will create eco-system in sports sector.

Hence, FICCI has been advocating that developing quality Human resource which will certainly bring paradigm shift in Sports landscape of India. Vocationalization of Sports, Physical Education, Fitness and Leisure is the way forward for activating attitudinal change towards sports and help India get its due recognition in sports sector.

There are not enough training facilities in the country that completes the value chain. This provides occupational vacuums where the industry and the worker are forced to take up available employment rather than suitable employment. And dichotomy is sector and economy suffers as we are not able to realize true potential of the sector and source trained personnel from other countries.

Industry needs immediate attention from all stakeholders which includes institutes, federations, schools, colleges and the Government. The thrust of skills is required at traditional and modern industry levels and also at the level of basic grassroots. The skill gap should be identified at the top level and incentive structure should be such which encourages people to take to activities at grassroots. There is shortage of employable and skilled man power in sports, physical education and active leisure and in fact need has not been realized yet because somewhere we have accepted mediocrity as way of life.