Birthplace of Victory

This is one of the priorities of the Home Towns programme: a large-scale initiative to create a modern, grassroots sports infrastructure, promoting healthy lifestyles, and providing assistance to sports schools and clubs for children and young people.

For many years, the Gazprom Neft Cup KHL international children’s ice hockey tournament has been the Company's major social project to support children's sports. The tournament grew in 2014, expanding to new locations. The number of teams increased from 16 to 24, and for the first time the competition was broken down into two divisions, in Minsk and Omsk. The opening ceremony in Omsk attracted a record number of fans: more than 8,700 people attended.

In addition to major, professional-level sporting events, Gazprom Neft actively supports the development of grassroots children’s sports. In 2014, ice hockey and football tournaments were held in Orenburg Region and the cities of Noyabrsk and Muravlenko (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District). These events included the first hockey tournament played in felt boots for secondary school students in Muravlenko. A similar tournament was also held in Orenburg Region.

In 2014, the Company continued to support the Avangard Hockey Academy project, aimed at creating a uniform ice hockey training system for children and young people in the Urals and Siberia, with a branch network extending to different regions. During the reporting year, the Company continued to construct buildings for branches of the Academy in Noyabrsk and Muravlenko.

The Company has supported the development of motor sports in Noyabrsk for many years. The Company sponsors the city's motocross club for more than 150 children and teenagers, has established the Gazprom Neft motocross team, and supports contests and races. The Gazprom Neft team became the undisputed motocross champion in Yugra in 2014.

In cooperation with the Yugra Chess Federation and the Yugra Chess Academy, Gazprom Neft runs the World of Chess project, opening chess clubs all over Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District where city tournaments, master classes, and simultaneous exhibition matches can be hosted. In 2014, chess clubs were opened at a number of public and educational institutions in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk, the villages of Shapsha and Yarka in the Khanty-Mansiysk District, and on the premises of Gazprom Neft-Khantos. In addition, the Company acts as an organizer and partner for citywide chess tournaments and supports International Chess Day in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Gazprom Neft supports youth all-round marine sports events in Rostov-on-Don. In 2014, the Company became a member of the board of trustees of the Youth Sailing Club military and patriotic public organization and provided it with materials and equipment.

Projects implemented in 2014 to establish a sports infrastructure in the regions where the Company operates:
  • construction of a football stadium in Noyabrsk (opening scheduled for 2015)
  • completion of the construction of a mini sports park and children's playground in Omsk
  • continued construction of the Zenit Sports Complex in Muravlenko (opening scheduled for 2015)
  • renovations to the Olimp Sports Complex in Tara, Omsk Region
  • continued construction of the football and athletics stadium in Nadym
  • reconstruction of ice hockey rinks in Kargasok, Tomsk Region, and Perevolotsky, Orenburg Region, which can be used for local and district competitions
  • construction of a volleyball and basketball court in the village of Samorodovo, Orenburg Region
  • construction of a swimming pool at the Vyngapurovsky housing estate in Noyabrsk (opening scheduled for 2015)
  • construction (through co-investment) of a sports complex in the village of Slavyanka, Primorsk Territory, the first such facility in the town that meets the requirements of professional sport
  • other construction and reconstruction projects to improve sports infrastructure in small towns and villages