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Gazprom Neft operates a large-scale programme to support and develop sports in Russia by creating an infrastructure for grassroots sports, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing assistance to children’s and youth sports schools and clubs.
In 2013, an ice stadium with 1,000 seats was built with the support of the Company in the town of Leninsk-Kuznetsky, the Kemerovo Region. In the reporting year, Gazprom Neft commissioned Zenit multi-purpose sports complexes in the town of Noyabrsk and in the village of Khanymey, Purovsky district (YaNAD).
The Company’s project for constructing all-season yard playgrounds is one of the ways it promotes healthy lifestyles and active family outdoor activities. In 2013, as part of this project, four multi-purpose hockey rinks were built in the Novosergievsky, Orenburgsky and Perevolotsky districts of the Orenburg Region, along with a sports ground in the village of Ratta (Krasnoselkupsky district, YaNAD). In Omsk, three sports grounds and a sports mini-park were opened with the support of the Company. In 2014, more yard sports grounds are expected to be opened in the towns of Noyabrsk and Nadym and in the village of Krasnoselkup (YaNAD). In addition, covered sports grounds are scheduled for construction in the YaNAD (towns of Noyabrsk and Muravlenko, and the village of Khanymey of the Purovsky district).
In 2013, the Company proceeded with the implementation of its inter-regional sports project, the Avangard Ice Hockey Academy, the goal of which is to establish a uniform hockey training system for children and youth in the Urals and Siberian territories that would comprise a branch network extending to different regions.
The system is aimed at creating a uniform teaching and training methodology, unifying student selection principles, implementing state-of-the-art athletic technologies, and integrating this sports initiative under a single umbrella brand. The centre of the Academy will operate in Omsk under the aegis of Russia’s leading hockey club Avangard, whose main founders are the companies of the Gazprom Group. The best students of the regional branches will have an opportunity to continue their training in the centre of the Academy in Omsk and later, in the Avangard’s club system.
Over the past seven years, the Gazprom Neft Cup has become the largest international children’s hockey tournament and a non-official championship in Russia among teams of children aged 11 and under. Today, the Gazprom Neft Cup is characterised by an unprecedented level of organisation among children’s competitions. Matches are scored by professional judges from the Kontinental Hockey League, and games take place on ice rinks that are certified for matches of the League professional teams. The tournament is widely covered by leading Russian media companies; the opening of the tournament and the final match are broadcast live by KHL-TV (a TV channel of the Kontinental Hockey League).
The number of applications for participation in the tournament is growing year by year. In the reporting year, the seventh tournament was held in Omsk, attended by 16 teams and more than 400 young players. Based on the results of the 2013 tournament, it was decided to increase the number of participant teams from 16 to 24 in 2014, break down the competitions into two divisions (“West Group” and “East Group”) and hold the games in two cities – Omsk and Minsk.
For the initial project initial period, the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District has been selected as a priority region for Academy branch development. In the reporting year, the first branch of the Avangard Hockey Academy was opened in the town of Tarko-Sale. The ice complex has no equal in Yamal in terms of dimensions and equipment level. This is the only sports facility in the region with an Olympic-size ice rink. The site is equipped with a state-of-the-art artificial freezing system, allowing maintaining a high-quality cover for a long time. There is also a multi-purpose gymnasium, several workout rooms, and rooms for group training in the building, with a total area of 9,000 square metres. The complex has excellent conditions not only for playing hockey, but also for enjoying other sports. Two more Academy branches are scheduled for opening in the towns of Noyabrsk and Muravlenko in 2015-2016.
The International Gazprom Neft Cup Kids Ice Hockey Tournament for Kontinental Ice Hockey League Teams is another Company social project in the field of children’s sports.
The Company supports the organisation and holding of regional sports events that are important for local communities. In the reporting year, the Company supported a series of chess tournaments in Khanty-Mansiysk held under the aegis of the Yugra Chess Academy (the construction of the Academy’s premises construction was funded by Gazprom Neft).
Together with Nissan, the Company arranged for an auto-tour Nismo G-Drive Show. The event was held in Omsk, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, and Yekaterinburg, attracting more than 160,000 people. As part of the event, Safe Driving School Express Courses and a children’s driving school were organised in each city.
In Noyabrsk and the Orenburg Region, Gazprom Neft organised football tournaments among neighbourhood sports teams. The competitions have been conducted in Noyabrsk for seven straight years. In 2013, 30 teams attended the tournament, one-third more than in the previous year. The games took place on three sites constructed with the support of the Company in 2012.