In recognition of the yeomen service rendered to the school going children in the field of sports, the Government of Maharashtra in July, 1969 granted a plot of land admeasuring 12,689 sq.metres on a long lease basis at the North End of Azad Maidan to be developed into ‘Schools Sports Centre’.
The Association now has an administration office, full size Football field, Throwball, Volleyball , Handball, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho courts, Basketball court, Lawn Tennis courts and 200 meters Athletic Tracks and permanent concrete sitting arrangement for spectators, changing room for players, toilet for Boys / Girls and common toilets and Bath for players and referees room etc
The Association is proud to state that several former School Champions nurtured through the Tournaments and Competitions conducted by our Association have gone on to win National / International Laurels for the Country. To name a few : Vijay Merchant, Vijay Manjrekar, Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor, Rusi Surti, Salim, K.K. Tarapore, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil, Vinod Kambli, Sanjay Manjrekar, Salil Ankola, Amol Mazumder (Cricket), Franco Fortunato, Neville D’Souza, Derek D’Souza (Football), Lavy Pinto, Edward Sequeira, Alex Sequeira, Mary D’Souza, Mary Lila Rao, Adille Sumariwala, Zenia Ayrton Virginia Crasto (Athletics), Sudhir Thackersey, Gautam Divan, Dilip Sampat, Mr. Farooque Khodaiji, Kamlesh Mehta, Mrs. Katy Khodaiji (Table Tennis), Walter D’Souza, Leo Pinto, Larry Fernandes, Sommaiya Maney Pandey, Francies D’Mello, Marcellus Gomes, Merwyn D’Souza, Edgar Mascarenhas, Joaquim Carvalho (Hockey), Ameeta Kulkarni, Radhika Bose, Ami Ghia (Badminton), Anita Sood, Kavita Sood, Pallavi Shetty, Persis Madan, Reza Shirazi (Aquatics), Shane Pedder, Vishal Kapoor, Varun Divgikar, Milind Soman, Smita (Desai) Divgikar (Aquatics) The names of few of those who are currently on the International scene as Aparna Popat (Badminton), Adrian D’Souza and Viren Rasquinha (Hockey), Steven Dias, Abhishek Yadav (Football) Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar (Cricket) and a long list which will never end.
The Association added one more feather in its cap as regards the promotion of Sports when the Association deputed a Mumbai Schools Team in 1989 to represent Mumbai City in the Friendly Cities International Football Tournament for Boys Under-13 in Yokohama, Japan. This is the first time in the history of Mumbai that a School Soccer Team took part in an International Football Tournament abroad and in 1990 the Mumbai Schools Sports Association successfully hosted the Friendly Cities International Exhibition Football Matches for Boys Under-12 years in Mumbai and Goa on a reciprocal basis. This event was part of the 25th year of the Sister Cities relationship between Mumbai and Yokohama. Our Association had also deputed Under-14 years Hockey Team to Lucknow to participate in the K. D. Singh Babu Inter Cities Hockey Tournament in the past 2 years in order to give exposure to the budding Hockey Players. We are happy to state that our Hockey Team lost in the Final and took the 2nd position in the Tournament.
We are also proud to state that the MSSA Football Team Boys U/14 and 15 participated in the Gothia Cup International Football Tournament held in Sweeden and Dana Cup International Football Tournament held in Denmark from July 17 to 29, 2006. This year will witness the advent of many academies in Mumbai, Football Academy, Hockey, Handball etc. The young and talented hopefuls of donning the Indian colours at the Olympics and World Cup are nurtured and trained under some top class coaches.
This will go a long way in the character building of the nation, whereby lakhs of children will be indulging in a healthy activity by participating in various sporting activities. This will abet in producing top-level sports achievers in our country thus emulating the recent sports icons like Baichung Butia, Abhishek Yadav, Sania Mirza, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajavardhan Rathore, Vishwanathan Anand and their like.