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15. Shweta Khanduri  DSC_8404Lions Club of Bombay Willigdon Crescent Charity Trust spreads its wings by opening a stadium “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015”. The dream of Lions Club of Bombay Willigdon Crescent Charity Trust of converting the 3 acre plot to a functional one is now a reality; they have done well to baptize it as Lions Muncipal Sports Complex (LMSC). The transformation of the piece of land to a functional sports complex and its maintenance is purely from Public donation raised by the Lions Willingdon Trust on a PPP model. The Lions of Willingdon dreamt big and planned to develop, execute and maintain a multi-sport facility, “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” as a self- sustaining model benefiting sports enthusiasts in Mumbai.

For an auspicious start, the opening of “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” commenced with lamp lighting and introducing the LIONS CLUB on the stage. Pickelball fiesta was organized in order to add to the merriment of the opening.

Talking about the uniqueness of the fiesta is that its multi sport under one roof and that too under lights so that citizens have a comfort to participate after work hours as well. Sportinglions thought process is to make people young and old participate in sports for which the infrastructure is being constantly upgraded with public donations. The main motto of the fiesta is participation not winning or losing and being more for non professionals.

“SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” is today home to various tournaments, coaching services, sports activities benefiting sportsmen/ women, children and communities. “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” is today the preferred sports destination to Play, Practice, Participate; on any given day we have approximately 200-300 young enthusiasts participating in various sports activities- a sight to watch.

The “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” brand umbrella is in the process of developing multiple sports brands/ properties which will create numerous opportunities to involve multiple stakeholders/ communities.

Leading National Sportsperson associated with the “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” to serve their mission are: Mervyn Fernandes (Hockey)- Olympian- Arjuna Awardee; Joaquim Carvalho (Hockey)- Olympian; I.M Vijayan (Football)- Arjuna Awardee; Ashok Shinde (Kabaddi)- Arjuna Awardee; Godfrey Pereira (Football)- Indian International; Nasser Hussain (Rugby)- Indian International; Jacinto D’ silva (Football)- Indian International; Abbas Montesir- Ex India Captian Basketball and Arjuna  Awardee.

Hon. CEO Dinesh Nair says “SPORTING LIONS FIESTA 2015” aims to be a leading Sports infrastructure in Mumbai that provides an affordable muti-sports facility in the suburbs with the mission to a sports institution that provides quality & affordable platform for Sports. To create a self sustaining model of a public private partnership in Sports. To scout talent and support them to reach goals”.

Lions Club of Bombay Willingdon Crescent Charity Trust is a part of The Lions Clubs International movement across the world- the largest NGO of the world doing varied and yeomen services to the community. Recognizing our service, the Municipality (MCGM) entrusted us a marshy piece of land near Milan Sub-way Santacruz (West) for development of sports infra-structure.

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