Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata envisaged not only Asia's first fully integrated Steel Plant but
also the model township of Jamshedpur. He advised his son, Sir Dorab Tata, to earmark
"areas for Football, Hockey and Parks
.". Tata Steel's commitment to
sports, in fact, preceded the building of the township. The aforesaid letter was written
in 1902 and the site for Jamshedpur selected in 1907.
J. R. D. Tata gave fruition to J.
N. Tata's vision, inculcating sports as an integral part of Tata Steel's corporate
philosophy. T.F.A., in fact, was established while J.R.D.Tata was the Company's Chairman
and became a reality with his active support. A keen and skillful sportsman himself,
J.R.D.Tata provided great encouragement to all sports disciplines.