Gopichand Badminton Academy in HyderabadGopichand Badminton Academy is a world-class badminton training facility situated in the Gachibowli (a major Information Technology suburban area, approx. 5 km away from the illustrious HITEC city) of Hyderabad city.
Founded by the veteran shuttler and the winner of prestigious All England Open Badminton Championships in 2001, Pullela Gopichand, this academy is one of the most preferred training facilities of shuttlers across the nation. Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad is catering not just for the shuttlers from India, but the academy is a one-stop point for coaching needs for a lot of shuttlers from other Asian countries.
The role of Gopichand Badminton Academy in branding the city of Hyderabad as the Badminton capital of India is invaluable. The academy has proudly presented several promising shuttlers to the world which include the big names like Olympic bronze medal winner Saina Nehwal, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (first ever Indian woman to win a medallion in singles at the Badminton World Federation sanctioned World Championships tournament) and many other well-known shuttlers.
History of Gopichand Badminton Academy in HyderabadDuring his badminton career, Gopichand found it very difficult to train in the absence of a well-equipped training facility in the country. Shortly, he realized the reason behind the supremacy of shuttlers from countries like Malaysia, China and Indonesia as the training installations present in those countries are genuinely world-class.
As a player who struggled throughout his career due to injuries, Gopichand was aspired to bring a well-equipped badminton training facility which could bring all essential facilities under one roof.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh's award of 5 acres land to Gopichand on winning the 'All England Open Badminton Championships' in London came at the right time for his aspiration of building an academy. In the next few years, Gopichand fine-tuned his ideas for the academy which directed him to approach one of his relatives and an entrepreneur Mr. Nimmagadda Prasad for help. Impressed with the noble ideas of Gopichand, Prasad instantly gave his nod and proceeded to support Gopichand for further fund-raising for the academy.
With the backing from his wife and his relative Prasad, Gopichand gathered a good sum and went on to mortgage his family domicile, which could make his dream come true of building a world-class badminton training facility. Eventually, during the year 2008, he attained his long-awaited dream at a whooping cost of US $2.5 million. Today, Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad is considered as one of the finest training facilities in the world.
Infrastructure of Gopichand Badminton Academy in HyderabadIt was a long journey for Gopichand that was filled with numerous road blocks as in a country where the game of Cricket is treated as a religion; it was hard for him to penetrate the game of badminton among the youngsters.
The hard work and dedication of Gopichand paid off that the academy presently coaches more than 100 budding shuttlers who enjoy a long list of world-beating facilities, which include eight Yonex courts, football ground, athletic track, natatorium complemented by wellness spa, rehabilitation point, ice and steam room installations, jacuzzi and eatery.
Present Status of Gopichand Badminton Academy in HyderabadIn addition to the installations, the Gopichand Badminton Academy offers a few programs associated to physical therapy and dieting for shuttlers. Today, the training facility is more than just an academy that the facility is the proud host of many major tournaments. As a matter of fact, the academy hosted the 2009 Indian Open, and the 2009 BWF World Championships utilized the space as a training point.
Promising Players from Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad
- Saina Nehwal - London Olympics bronze medalist, recipient of prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna award and Padma Shri, numerous international badminton titles and 4th seeded shuttler by Badminton World Federation
- Pusarla Venkata Sindhu - First ever Indian woman to win a medallion in singles at the Badminton World Federation sanctioned World Championships tournament
- Parupalli Kashyap - First ever Indian to enter men's singles Olympics quarterfinals
- Srikanth Kidambi - First ever Indian to succeed Grand Prix championship outside the country
Gopichand Badminton Academy
Address: 91, Beside Infosys, Gachibowli, Hyderabad - 500 032
Landmark: Opposite IVRCL Apartment
Telephone: (040) 23005369
Eight Yonex courts, football ground, athletic track, natatorium, wellness spa, rehabilitation point, steam room installations and few other facilities
With world-class infrastructure, competent coaches and other essentials in place, and many other ideas in the pipeline for betterments, it is certain that Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad will introduce more champion shuttlers to the world in near future.
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