The torchbearer for development and promotion of sports and
games in Kerala, the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) was established in the year
The Directorate spearheads the sports movement covering all
areas pertaining to the promotion and development of sports and games in the state through the
development of proper and quality infrastructure for sports, providing facilities and programmes
related to youth welfare. Apart from these, DSYA takes up activities to bring in latest technologies
and innovations in sport in order to provide that winning edge to all sports persons of Kerala.
In charge of creating awareness among the public regarding
the importance of sports, it also provides facilities for training, grooming of sports persons to
meet international benchmarks and programmes related to youth welfare. An Isokinetic system with an
Altitude stimulated Training (ASTRA) facility for excellence in endurance sports is one of the many
landmark achievements of DSYA.
There are several other successful programmes under the aegis of the DSYA. The
Directorate has been conducting the 'Swim and Survive Program', a survival training programme
targeting school children formulated by the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India), an organization
providing leadership in life saving activities in India through training and operations.
'Kayika Kalveppu' is a scheme that provides continuous
training for school going children in the state, between the age group of 5-12 years, in football,
volleyball, basketball and tennis.
Apart from several such successful schemes, the Directorate
offers sportspersons with state of the art facilities as well. Swimming pools using modern
facilities, long jump and triple jump pits with synthetic run up, four lane straight running tracks,
high jump run up and landing pits, kabaddi floor, synthetic football turf, shuttle badminton court,
Futsal, maple wood flooring, you name it DYSA has it. The Greenfield Stadium at Kariavattom is
already touted to be the best stadium in the entire nation.
Sports have always been a part of the social and cultural
milieu of Kerala and the presence of exceptional sports persons has further accentuated the cause.
Thus the objectives of the Directorate also include development of sporting activities from the
grass-roots level itself, thereby ensuring mass participation and also national and international
laurels to Kerala for sporting excellence.
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