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History Of Stairs NGO For Sports and Youth Empowerment


Society for Transformation, Inclusion and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS)

STAIRS is a not-for-profit organization working towards sports, education, health and skill development of children across India.

The organization is driven by the mission to facilitate the process of creating an enabling environment for children to exercise their 'right to play' and create a support system to elevate them. Its vision is to guide youth for their holistic development by channelizing their energy towards meaningful activities, thus bringing about a positive and constructive thinking that results in prosperity.

STAIRS programmes include training camps, tournaments and championships, thus providing a platform to these children to hone their skills and showcase their talent. STAIRS taps in to the potential talent and provides opportunity to climb up the stairs of social empowerment and shape character by inculcating a sense of belongingness in the society. Some of the STAIRS beneficiaries are currently playing at the national and international circuits and earn laurels for the country.

STAIRS is currently the largest organization that ensures youth development through sports. With focus on achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) through sports, over 300,000 children play – without having to spend a penny – 'every day' at 400 STAIRS Training Centres in over 4,000 villages across 7 states in India. Over 20,000,00 lives have already been touched and changed through STAIRS' interventions and the organization is steadily scaling and increasing its reach with an aim to touch one billion lives by 2020.


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  • STAIRS secretary general Siddhartha Upadhyay inducted in the governing body of the Sports Authority of India
  • STAIRS is in the Steering Committee under Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for FIFA U-17 World Cup, BRICS U-17 Tournament and Mission XI Million Programme. STAIRS expertise in development of sports at grassroots is being utilized by the Government of India.


  • Awarded “Rashtirya Khel Protsahan Puraskar by President of India
  • PM Narendra Modi appreciated the project | Mentions STAIRS in his tweet
  • Awarded Best NGO in Sports by FICCI
  • Deutscher Football-Bund e.V. (German Football Association) conducts camps with STAIRS kids.


  • Launches Stairs School Football League (SSFL),edition two. The programmes became the world’s largest talent spotting and training programme in football
  • Partners Hindustan Football Club
  • Concludes Delhi’s Largest Grassroots Football Trial Camps


  • Launched ‘Hockey for Growth’ with support of Dr Dilip Tirkey, Member Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and former captain, Indian Hockey team.
  • Record: 2,000 villagers participated in Stairs Inter-state National Volleyball Cup
  • Uflex-Stairs for Ability National Cricket Championship
  • Launched STAIRS School Football League


  • Expanded reach in Uttar Pradesh – opened 4 new centres
  • STAIRS children qualify for Uttar Pradesh Cricket Team of differently-abled.
  • Begin ‘Interstate 20-20 Tri-Series for Differently-abled.


  • Launched Khelo Sirsa (Haryana)


  • Launched Khelo Dilli
  • Organized Stairs Sombhadra Khel Mahotsav (Sombhadra Olympics)


  • Reebok supports to launch Reebok-STAIRS Cricket Championship


  • Stairs is formally registered and starts in Sahibabad, U.P.


Why sports?

The UN recognises access to sport as the right of every child and also uses it as a tool for fundraising, advocacy and raising public awareness about its objectives. So does the Indian government. Sport is an integral part of strategy to achieve personal and community development objectives. It can bind people like a religion and inspire individuals to outperform themselves.

What is Stairs?

Stairs is an India-based New Delhi-headquartered organisation which uses sports to transformative the lives of the underprivileged youth. It was founded in 2000 by Siddhartha Upadhyay, a sports enthusiast, brand consultant, philanthropist and social entrepreneur. It uses sports to help the disadvantaged break out of the vicious circle of poverty and promote inclusive social growth in their communities. The organisation was formally registered in 2005.

How does Stairs work?

We provide a platform where youngsters get a chance to showcase their talent and foster it as a mean of livelihood.
We attempt to teach them the importance of character and personality building.
We endeavour to facilitate the journey of upliftment of the destitute youth who have the potential to become the future of the nation.
We extend a helping hand to the youth at the bottom of the pyramid who are often denied access to the increasing opportunities.
We make youth a stakeholder in the inclusive growth of the country and steer them away from falling prey to anti-social elements and self-destructing.
We try to achieve all this by providing deserving kids with scholarships, infrastructure, equipment and training.
We organise educational and health programmes.

Who benefits?

We already reach more than a 300,000 children in regular daily activities. Stairs conducts programmes at more than 300 centres spread across seven states in India.

How is it done?

The programmes at our centres are facilitated by local community leaders, volunteers, coaches and managers.
Local community leaders help in identifying the prospective participants.
Thereafter, Stairs first holds counseling and talent identification camps to understand the community.
Coaching camps are the next step.
Senior coaches are players who have either represented their respective state teams in national championship or played for the Indian team at the international level.
Coaches are local players who are trained in programmes designed specially by Stairs. They implement the programmes based on local needs.

Is Stairs making an impact?

We are empowering and preparing leaders as well as good citizens. There is a distinct improvement in attendance in schools, academic performance, increased participation in sports, and better awareness about health and hygiene. Our work with youth and communities is yielding dividend. Stairs is playing its part in bringing about sustainable change in the communities it partners.

The efforts have borne fruit and several awards and accolades have come to STAIRS. The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) also recently awarded STAIRS as the Best NGO for Promoting Sports at its India Sports Award 2015.

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