At a time when sports training was hardly a viable business proposition in India, the late Ravi Mammen defied all sports & business critics to set up Pace Foundation. The foundation was born in the year 1987 to make up for the fact that the Indian cricket team lacked quality pace bowlers. He combined forces with the Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee to provide world-class training to potential bowlers, together with the understanding that it would be a long term process requiring patience and commitment.
In 1992 MRF pace foundation opened its doors to other countries such as Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, England and West Indies. The basis of this relationship is an exchange program for coaches, bowlers and other staff helping them share both talent and expertise.
Today, the Pace Foundation has earned itself the reputation of being the most sought-after institution for honing fast bowling skills across all test playing countries. Apart from a world-class gymnasium, Olympic-sized swimming pool, its own cricket stadium & residential facilities, the academy also exposes trainees to four different turf pitches. Several international pace bowlers including Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Bond & Glen McGrath have undergone training at the Pace Foundation at some point.