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IDBI Federal takes to sports and fitness as mediums for brand building

Mumbai: IDBI Federal Life Insurance, a private life insurer, has taken to sports and fitness as a route to boosting its brand building efforts and contributes to the development of sports at grass root levels. The company has identified and partnered a series of initiatives.

It has 2 Bowling Foundations, one with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the other with Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA). To promote discovery and nurturing of football talent, IDBI Federal Life Insurance has associated itself with ‘Young Heroes’, a 15 city inter-school football talent hunt. In its bid to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle, the company sponsors two marathons, one in Kochi and the other in Kolkata. The company truly walks the talk – a large number of IDBI Federal employees have also taken to long distance running to stay fit and healthy. This has helped spread a message of health awareness across the firm’s employees, as well as in the communities in which it operates.

To boost the overall cricket landscape in Bengal, it supports all the endeavours of The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). Last but not least; the company has also announced the launch of IDBI Federal Life Insurance 12th D Y Patil T20 Cricket tournament to be held in Navi Mumbai from February 15 to 25, 2016.

Commenting on the tie-ups, Vighnesh Shahane, CEO, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, says, “As an organisation we wish to bring about a positive change that helps us shape a better future. Sports has always empowered people to develop into disciplined, responsible and mature winners who make a real difference around them. What better opportunity for us than to partner with a wide variety of sports and fitness events – events that range from discovery and nurturing of talent to running as a community that add to the well-being of the society at large. Being a sportsman myself, I understand the pivotal that sports and fitness initiatives can play in an individual’s life. Many of our employees also participate for various long distance running events. It gives us immense pleasure to contribute to India’s sports and fitness culture.”

In July this year, along with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), IDBI Federal Life Insurance announced the MCA – IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation. And in the month of October, the company forged a similar association with Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) to launch KSCA – IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation. These bowling foundations have been established to hone meritorious bowling talent and develop them into first-rate bowlers to boost the domestic and international cricketing landscape in India. As part of the programme, select fast bowlers and spinners in the age group of 19 years and above will be a part of the Foundation for a 2-year training stint. Australian pace legend, Jeff Thomson, has been brought on board as the international coach for the Bowling Foundations.

In September 2015, IDBI Federal announced its partnership with The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to strengthen the state’s cricket endeavours through its regular cricketing activities and also through the ambitious Vision 2020 programme. Sourav Ganguly, as the youngest ever president of CAB, has already taken the mantle to take Bengal Cricket to greater heights.

In yet another endeavour, IDBI Federal Life Insurance recently concluded IDBI Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon. This marathon has one of the most picturesque courses. Certified by USA Track & Field (USTAF), this marathon gives runners a chance to participate and qualify for the prestigious Boston and London Marathons. Over 2,300 spirited runners participated for this destination Marathon in November 2015. The race also saw more than 19 blade runners led by Kargil war hero, Major D P Singh and his group, The Challenging Ones (TCO), participate in the marathon. Major DP Singh ran the half marathon; his team-mates, hailing from different parts of the country, wearing their blades and prosthetic limbs, took part in their first 5k, the first ever running event after their limbs were amputated. The presence of ‘The Challenging Ones’ received a huge round of applause from the massive crowd present on the ground, all feeling humbled and inspired by the sheer presence and iron will of the amputee group.

IDBI Federal Life Insurance will also be the new title sponsor of 9th Edition of Kolkata’s only full Marathon. IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Marathon 2016, as it is called now, will take place in the City of Joy on March 6, 2016. Multiple Grand Slam winner and Padma Bhushan Awardee, Leander Paes will be a brand ambassador for this marathon.

The company also supports Dilip Vengsarkar Foundation’s (DVF), Cricket Academy at the Oval maidan, Churchgate. Over the years, players like Yuvraj Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar from the foundation have gone on to play for India.

The company is the title sponsor for the 12th edition of D Y Patil T20 Cricket tournament. The same will be called IDBI Federal Life Insurance 12th D Y Patil T20 Tournament and will be held in Navi Mumbai from February 15 to 25, 2016. Mumbai is all set yet again to witness some exciting T20 cricketing action from the finest upcoming talented batsmen and bowlers. The tournament will feature 16 teams playing a total of 31 matches with 7 knockout games. The matches will be played at D Y Patil Sports Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

Football is gaining immense popularity in India and a number of children are now looking forward to playing for India. IDBI Federal took on the associate sponsorship of the ‘Young Heroes’ programme with an aim to identify and develop grassroots football in the country. With over 650 schools in 15 cities participating in the 7-a-side under-15 talent scouting tournament in India, the programme reached out to 4,20,000 students. At the end of the tournament, 45 talented footballers will be trained by professional coaches and the top 16 will be sent for an international exposure trip to Spain.