FIELDS OF VICTORY
Objective: fostering a healthy generation and the establishment of strong regional sports schools.
Activities: development of infrastructure for children’s and grassroots sports along with support for sporting events.
As part of efforts to promote grassroots sports, the Company implements the “Courtyard Sport” project.
In 2015, children’s and adult tournaments in mini-football, hockey and volleyball were organised as part of the project in Noyabrsk, Muravlenko and villages of the Orenburg Region. Most of the competitions were held at sports facilities that were previously built as part of the “Native Towns” programme.
Having the status of an official tournament of the Kontinental Hockey League allowed us to integrate the Gazprom Neft Cup into the training system for young hockey players. Our tournament is a benchmark for kids who might go on to become professional hockey players. We try to create all the conditions needed for the Gazprom Neft Cup to become a milestone on the initial path to a junior team, then a youth team and ultimately the first professional contract with a KHL team.
The Company traditionally supports landmark sports projects that have become the calling cards of their cities. A number of chess tournaments, including international competitions, were held in Khanty-Mansiysk at the Yugorskaya Chess Academy, which was built with Gazprom Neft support in 2010. Seven new chess clubs were set up in the city and the district over the course of 2015 to promote the sport. In Noyabrsk, Gazprom Neft supports the development of motor sports. The Company funded the purchase of motorcycles for a motor club as well as off-site and on-site competitions in the reporting year.
A lot of effort went into making the school project a reality. Thank you to Gazprom Neft, which helped us at each stage of preparation. It’s great there is a company that actively supports youth sports in our native town and region. This makes it possible to set up full-fledged children’s clubs at the school. Even the very youngest children can take part. We are preparing a special training programme for them.
Gazprom Neft invests in the construction of sports infrastructure facilities. During the reporting year, several major sports facilities built with the Company’s support opened in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District: multi-functional stadiums in the cities of Noyabrsk and Tarko-Sale, the Muravlenko sports complex and an ice palace in Noyabrsk. A branch of the Avangard Hockey Academy, a Gazprom Neft project that aims to establish a unified system of hockey training for children and young people, started operating within the ice palace. The construction and equipping of the ice palace and multi-functional stadium resulted in the establishment in Noyabrsk of a complex of modern sports facilities equipped with everything required for popular sports.
Other sports infrastructure development projects supported by the Company in 2015 included:
- the opening of a multi-functional sports facility in the village of Khanymey in the Purovsky District;
- the equipping of volleyball and basketball courts in the Orenburg Region villages of Blagoslovenka, Chkalovka and Ivanovka;
- the reconstruction of gyms at School No. 46 (Omsk) and a community centre in the village of Krasnoyarka (Omsk Region);
- assistance in the repair of the Olimp sports complex in Tara.
PARTNER OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL
A mixed martial arts school was opened in Omsk in 2015 by Alexander Shlemenko, a famous mixed martial artists and winner of numerous Russian and international tournaments. Gazprom Neft has partnered with the school and supported the project since its outset. The school plans to train 400 children and teenagers and implement a special programme for kids from disadvantaged families and social institutions.