Sonu Sood is known for his charitable nature and it looks set to continue as the actor looks set to launch a cricket academy for underprivileged children. Sood, a die-hard cricket fan himself, is looking to provide professional facilities, equipment and infrastructure directly for the children to use.
DNA India reported Sood’s rationale for supporting this initiative. “It is so tough to find good cricket grounds. Usually, on a public ground, you have about 40 people playing at the same time. Also, there are not enough professionals to train children” he said. The actor is looking to set up proper pitches and to have professional coaches to train the children including trained cricket player Devesh Upadhyay who has been appointed to join the academy.
Whilst the academy will be based in Mumbai, there will initially also be a centre in Punjab with Sood aiming to spread across the country. “I’d like to have branches in as many cities as possible so that youngsters can channel their talent and energies into the sport,” said Sonu. As well as providing a platform for children to train, the academy will also provide opportunities to those coaches and cricketers who want to teach the sport but are not able to.
This noble deed by the actor continues the combination of India’s love for cricket and movies for those that really need it.