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Sports Authority Of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP)
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Shuttlecocks and Table Tennis balls tick to and fro like pendulums inside the giant steamy bowels of the Lal Bahadur Stadium. It's a scene almost out of Van Damme's Kickboxer; a massive, uncomfortably warm hall with courts in the middle and steps all around for enthusiastic watchers who cry for blood. Except, these watchers are middle-aged parents, egging on their own kids with equally fervent zeal.

The heat doesn't seem to make any difference to the droves and droves of youngsters, from little girls in shorts and pig-tails to well-built and clearly practiced sportsmen, all playing side by side, taking turns frantically to pit against their coaches. They do not seem to be getting too much time playing in each turn, but they are clearly fiercely involved in the game.

The Lal Bahadur Stadium in Gunfoundry, the venue of the above scene, plays host to an exhaustive array of sports coaching programs by the Sports Authority Of Andhra Pradesh. That means Volleyball, Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Football, Badminton, Table Tennis, Boxing, Judo, Wrestling and Tennikoit. Gachibowli, Saroornagar and Yousufguda have other SAAP centers, but this one is distinguished by its swimming pools, and the tennis courts on which the 2004 Hyderabad Open matches were played.

For all those who might someday count themselves in the ever-expanding ranks of international class sports players from Hyderabad, the SAAP coaching programs may well be a rite of passage. Sania Mirza, Pullella Gopichand, K Malleshwari, Gagan Narang, Ravikant Reddy... everybody who is anybody on the Hyderabad sporting scene, seems to have passed out of these haloed courts.

Apart from the incomparable facilities, it is the 40-45 eminent coaches for the various games who draw all the talent here. There is Boxing's Omkar Yadav, Judo's Zia-Ull-Abideen and Weightlifting's Narottam Reddy, and that's naming samples.

Big league events such as the Afro-Asian Games and National Games have been hosted on these courts, while all district level events throughout Andhra Pradesh are also sponsored by SAAP.

The fees are minimal, but the coaches do exercise discrimination while taking students in for their Pay And Play program. Even after you are in, if you do not make the requisite progress, chances are you will be asked (ceremoniously, don't worry) to discontinue. So those who stick on are top-drawer material, and the group profile is already optimal for the stiffest competition. Also remember, you might not get all the individual attention you want if you are not picking up the game fast enough. This is clearly an arena where only the fittest survive.

From the steady assembly line of standout players SAAP has produced year after year, these exacting standards are justifiable enough. They might yet need to upgrade a lot more to figure alongside the biggest champion-spinning countries in the world, but if there is another sports celebrity due from Hyderabad, you know where to bet your money he's coming from!
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Srinivas Akarapu on 11th Dec 2018, 11:21pm | Permalink
Hi,

This is Srinivas Akarapu, interested in Athletics. Please help me out in reaching new hieghts, and here is my number 9492400750
Shah on 19th Sep 2018, 10:23am | Permalink
I want to know about football coaching for my kid who is 13 year old. All the information
Fees
Training method
Tournaments
He is very skillful and has potential to become a professional
Sai charan on 28th May 2018, 8:16am | Permalink
Sir I am sai charan and my age is 19 .Sir to become a perfect player i need coaching sir please refer to me sir .My number 7993633259
dattatri on 22nd Mar 2018, 9:13pm | Permalink
hii sir i want to leran volley ball so i want to join for 1 month in your academy
Abhi on 1st Aug 2018, 4:53pm | Permalink
Within one month u can learn volleyball?
deepak on 14th Jun 2017, 11:51am | Permalink
Hello sir...,
My name is deepak .iam very much interested in wrestling... But I want training....could you help me with that please
Smt. S.Vizialaxmi on 9th Jan 2017, 4:07pm | Permalink
​Respected Sir/Madam

Greetings from M.R.College for Women, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh. We are very happy to inform you that we are holding a National Seminar on " Trends, Problems and Prospects of Physical Education ” organized by the Physical Education Department of the College on 21st January 2017. We request you to kindly depute your Faculty on duty to participate and present the paper in the National Seminar.

Thank you for your support.
SAM on 20th Dec 2016, 12:10pm | Permalink
I AM INTERESTED IN ATHLETICS CAN U SHARE THE INFORMATION ABOUT IT
silar on 27th Jul 2016, 6:46pm | Permalink
Hi sir i had played national scool games in 2006 at
Chandighad.i hav d certificate.but this certificate is not consider as meritorious sports person(msp) in any jobs.how i can make it as msp certificate
madesh on 5th Jun 2016, 2:24pm | Permalink
sir my name is madesh i want basketball coaching so can u plz sir refar to me sir this my number ;9989645699 plz cont me sir
Ria on 3rd Jun 2016, 10:51pm | Permalink
Is cricket coaching provided for girls too?
praveen on 2nd Nov 2015, 2:03pm | Permalink
view of sports from my views
sport authority members are not communicating well, they dont have responsibilities what they have to do. still they are working for themselfs not for others
need to changes of coaches in all activities at LB STADIUM
Sk mazid on 21st Oct 2015, 10:02am | Permalink
Hi sir my name is mazid I am form. Khammam distick vemsoor mandel marlapadu vilage I will play cricket,,volly ball I am very intrested in games my gole is sportsman please contact me sir please sir my no9494596660
raj mohan on 23rd Sep 2015, 3:26pm | Permalink
sir i want to know the fees for volleyball coaching
meghasyam on 2nd Apr 2015, 1:37pm | Permalink
Hello saap im 23 I want to join weight lifting can you please tell me the fees details
nmeghasyam on 2nd Apr 2015, 1:39pm | Permalink
This is my mobile no 09966695977
Akshay on 1st Apr 2015, 11:08pm | Permalink
Sir I want to join cricket coaching in lb stadium may I know fee and timings of both times morning and evening
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