Mr. Parminder Gill is the co-founder of Sportz Village Schools (a part of Sportz Village Foundation), India’s No. 1 sports education organization. Sportz Village uses sports to drive change in health and education and empowers (currently over 7,00,000) school children across the country.
As one of the country’s leading experts in sports education, Mr. Gill has been invited by CII, FICCI, NITI Aayog and other leading public-private bodies for his inputs on the subject for different programs. He is also a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University, where he teaches a course on sports education at the postgraduate level. Mr. Gill has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Pune, and a Master’s degree in Management from Arizona State University.
Two things immediately stood out during his interaction with the students,
- The ease with which he connects and interacts with people
- His business knowledge with a strong philanthropic drive
Right through the two-hour Sports Management workshop, students were encouraged to think and engage. The climax of the workshop was a business case that was assigned to the students. Topics varied from pitching a concept to a potential sponsor from the view of an NGO to organizing a youth-level tournament whose focus is on development of the sport at the grassroots level to identifying an event/tournament/sport to associate with from the perspective of a brand looking to use the partnership.
These exercises were intended to provide students with an inside look into how the industry functions. The various challenges and how one can overcome them. The workshop might have been only a couple of hours long, but the knowledge given to the students will surely go a long way.
We would once again like to thank Mr. Parminder Gill for taking the time to share his knowledge and conduct a very interesting and useful workshop with the students.