Who we are
Kickstarters is a researched and structured programme for kids that is dedicated to their overall development, enabling better faculties and skills as adults. Kickstarters blends an activity that kids enjoy most - playing sports - with the skills that are integral to their development i.e. life skills.
At Kickstarters, our endeavour is to train our kids across multiple sports such that they get an exposure to all the sports and are postponed to specialise n a sport which they are enjoy and are good at.
We however realise that not every kid who receives sports training will become a professional athlete. We do want to ensure, however, that every kid who receives our Kickstarters training is benefitted for life through the skills that are imparted by our structured programmes and focused training. To name a few, these skills include self-confidence, drive, intelligence, strategy, leadership, competitiveness, team-spirit, ethics, punctuality, perseverance, positivity to face challenges and defeat etc. In short, sports help no small part in shaping a child’s character.
Create a culture of sports and learning among the youth.
Take sports and life skills training to each child in the country.
Our work should be focused around the following four principles:
- Train in a fun filled, non-competitive, friendly environment how can sports not be competitive? Competition can be positive, but it will and must exist.
- Focused attention on each child, without any bias.
- Promotion of self-confidence, team spirit and an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Bring deep insight and research into our work.
Utsav is a co-founder at Kickstarters. Utsav is deeply passionate about sports. He holds an MBA from the Indian IIM, Ahmedabad, graduating with a Gold Medal for the ‘Best All-Round Student’. He has a Bachelors in Economics from St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Utsav is a keen sportsman, having represented his University in Squash, Cricket, Football, Pool and Tennis.
He currently heads Operations at an education firm, EduBridge, which works towards educating the rural youth. Utsav has previously worked with Heidrick & Struggles and Reckitt Benckiser. He has also interned with prominent management consulting firms, McKinsey & Co. and Ernst & Young.
He is fond of reading on diverse subjects and occasionally dabbles in theatre.
Abhishek is a co-founder at Kickstarters. He currently is based out of Kolkata and has a passion for sports and entrepreneurship. He runs his own businesses e-Galactic and Shiksha Hub. e-Galactic offers business simulation games to schools and colleges all across India. Shiksha Hub offers online study material to school students.
Abhishek holds a Bachelors in Economics degree from Sriram College of Commerce, Delhi. He is a keen sports follower with a special interest in tennis, cricket and swimming. Apart from this, he also practices yoga and meditation regularly.
Sneha is our fitness expert and consultant. She has several degrees in fitness and exercise, including the prestigious ACE-PT (American Council on Exercise – Personal training), cardio kicking boxing and metabolic training.
Sneha has been an avid sports person since her school days, and fitness has always been an integral part of her life. Exercise has always been her passion and has worked with people across all age groups. She is currently based out of the US, helping the people there exercise and get fitter.
Rishabh is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and The Doon School, Dehradun. He is the founder of Sporting Ethos: the first of its kind Sports Science & Medicine Centre in India. He has interacted with many athletes, their parents, coaches and other experts in different Indian cities to gauge and understand the needs of Indian Sport.
Derek Scott is the founder of Young Sports Australia, one of Australia's most successful multi-sports training program for kids. Derek has drawn on successful coaching techniques developed over many years as a professional coach to develop the Young Sports programme.
Samiksha is one of India's first sport psychology consultancy. It is founded by Janki Rajapurkar and Gayatri Vartak, both are the only psychologists in the country qualified and recognised by the British Psychological Society. Having played high level competitive sport and having worked with people across all age groups, they understand the challenges and psychological demands faced by every athlete and every player.