Deccan Gymkhana, a prime residential area in Pune. A name is synonymous with serenity and peace. The foresight and perseverance of Shree Bal Gangadhar Tilak were instrumental in establishing Deccan Gymkhana.
It has enabled the careers of many an illustrious sporting personality. What started primarily as a cricket club later expanded to include athletics, wrestling, and scout training in the years 1916-1917. Shri Bhagwat of Deccan Gymkhana propounded the participation of an Indian team for the Olympics. After many pursuing meetings with Sir George Lloyd and Shri. Dorabjee Tata in 1920, India was represented in the Antwerp Olympics. The selections for the athletics and wrestling teams were conducted at Deccan Gymkhana.
The attraction of sports leads to the formation of a residential colony around the sporting field. The then town planning officer Mr. Moyerson and Shri. T.V Talim worked at developing a plan where large areas were allocated for cricket, tennis courts, wrestling, and a gymnasium. The stone for construction of the first Residential Co-operative Housing Society in the then Bombay Province was quarried. The quarry unearthed large streams of underground water sources. The same quarry was then converted to the first swimming tank in Pune, in the year 1921. 1927-28 saw the introduction of indoor sports like Billiards and Card Games like Contract Bridge. VanitaVishram a club exclusively for women was started in the year 1931.
Today Deccan Gymkhana offers world-class sports infrastructure and is currently the only sporting infrastructure in Pune to house over 15 Sports facilities under a single premise.
The constant efforts by the illustrious founder members since 1906, saw the rise of Deccan Gymkhana as a respected and noteworthy sporting organization. Over the years Deccan Gymkhana has evolved, providing the right blend of modern facilities to give you a place to relax and spend some quality time with friends and family. The promotion of sports and development of sportspersons has been and will remain, the primary objective of Deccan Gymkhana.