White collar games

first_imgThese corporate biggies have one thing in common-love for sports. From Amit Patel who is a football freak and is sponsoring many tournaments to Chirag Parekh, chairman of Acrysil Ltd. and a polo player has his own polo team. These and many more are taking sports in the state to the next level.FootballA sports enthusiast himself, Patel believes in promoting sports as a part of CSR. “Once, Dr Manisha Shah of Kahaani Foundation approached me for sponsorship of a football tournament with the idea that the tournament will not only promote the sport but will also help increase fitness levels among girls and boys.” This was enough for Patel to give it a green signal.” Amit Patel, MD, Sintex Group Sponsors of Sintex Cup Football Tournaments and Sintex Corporate Cricket TournamentI was convinced that such a tournament would help children from schools which don’t have football teams.” The tournament kicked off with 400 participants children in 2008 and Sintex Cup 2011 saw about 1200 participants from Valsad, Bharuch, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Anand, Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Patel now plans to start a cricket tournament on the lines of 20-20 for corporate houses and also a park for chidren with facilities such as gymnastics, yoga, swimming.CricketCricket is the most popular sport in India. We all know this. But Hite Vasant started Sahyog-cricket for a cause, a tournament organized annually by Samvedna, an NGO by inviting corporate houses for sponsorship and participation. “We came up with the idea of having a cricket tournament for executives, corporate heads and professionals about seven years ago to support our charitable trust activities which works toward giving better education, facilities and conditions to children dwelling in slums,” says Hiten Vasant. They have night matches after the office hours. “We have been able to generate good amount (Rs 9-12 lakh in an year) to finance the education of about 400 children.”Chirag Parekh, Chairman of Acrysil Ltd, has a polo team, Carysil Cowboy and is organising a national level arena polo tournamentPoloIt really saddened Parekh to see golf disappearing from Gujarat. “Baroda, Bhavnagar, Idar and other princely states were known for their polo players but then polo lost its charm,” says Chirag Parekh. Near his factory in Bhavnagar, mounted police of Bhavnagar conducted riding lessons and Parekh enrolled for them. “A few years ago Rashmikant Durlabhji, a well-known polo personality, encouraged me to take up sports. That is how I started playing polo in Jaipur and decided to bring competitive polo back to Gujarat.” And to do that he got the best coaches from Jaipur and even send players to Argentina, which has the best polo players in the world. He also started his own team, Carysil Cowboy which has won prestigious championships such as Sirmur Cup and Kota Cup in 2010-11. Parekh is now working on developing a polo ground in Bhavnagar. ” I want to make my home town a national polo destination.” Thanks to his efforts and the support of the Indian Polo Association (IPA), Bhavnagar Polo Club will host a national tournament at this playing arena. “This will be the beginning of polo in Gujarat.”Sameer Sinha, Director, Savvy Group of Companies Organises golf championships in Ahmedabad and VadodaraGolfThey are known for their lifestyle projects but are shifting the paradigm of real estate by including sports in their projects and also sponsoring sports events.”Golf is at the heart of our brands. We have a golf township and to encourage people to learng golf we started Kensville Golf Academy in Ahmedabad with coaching facilities for beginners. The response has been excellent and I am sure with our efforts, many players from Gujarat will play at the national level”, says Sinha. Shekhar Patel, MD, Ganesh Housing Co. Ltd Sponsors golf tournaments SponsorsThey are also establishing sports complexes in many of their new housing projects. “Games such as tennis, football, track-and-field athletics require huge spaces which is only available to builders. Therefore, we believe developers should include sports in their townships.” With all this in mind, Savvy Infrastructure has sponsored many sports events. “We were among the sponsors of the Sabarmati Marathon held in Ahmedabad in December 2010 and we hosted the players who came to Ahmedabad for the billiards and snooker events in the city recently”, he explains. Other developers too are taking an interest in sponsoring tournaments. Shekhar Patel, MD, Ganesh Housing Co Ltd, is himself a golf enthusiast and sponsors golf events like the Ahmedabad Elite Golfers Association (TAEGA) golf tournaments.advertisementlast_img

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