About Sportz Village Foundation
Sportz Village is world’s largest youth sports platform that is trying to make the world a better place by getting 100 million children to play. Established in the year 2003, Sportz Village has a philosophy of:
- Improving the health and fitness of children,
- Getting everyone to experience the magic of sports.
Sportz Village is committed to transforming the lives of children, belonging to underprivileged communities, through the magic of sports. We work with corporates and governments to incorporate our structured curriculum in public schools. Sportz Village’s pioneering ‘Sport for Change’ program uses physical activity and sports to drive change in schools in terms of health, education and empowerment of children. The program is scientifically researched, highly tested and well-integrated into the core education process of the schools. The highly awarded ‘Sport for Change’ program has helped improve the educational outcomes of over 30,000 children in more than 900 public schools
“Make the world a better place by getting more
children to play”
“To build the world’s largest youth sports
platform that gets 100 million kids to play.”
Co-founder, CEO and Managing Director, Sportz Village
An alumnus from IIT Bombay and IIM Bangalore, Saumil is the Co-Founder and CEO of SportzVillage. Over the last decade, Saumil has been working with schools, federations, policymakers and sponsors for creating opportunities for children to experience the magic of sports. He has personally engaged with more than 1,00,000 children and 50,000 parents. He is also the recipient of the prestigious “Emerging Entrepreneur Award” by CII and has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Leaders Influencing Education” by Education World. An ardent sports lover, Saumil continues to follow his passion for sports through regular badminton, karate and golf sessions.
Co-founder and Head, Sportz Village Foundation
Parminder Gill is the Co-founder of Sportz Village Foundation (formerly EduSports), India’s largest sports education organization, which uses sport to drive change in health, education and empowerment levels of (currently over 700,000) school going children across the country. Over the past decade, Parminder has advised leading educationists, policy makers and development specialists on how to use sport for achieving educational and development related outcomes. As one of the country’s leading experts in sports education, Parminder has been invited by CII, FICCI, NITI Aayog and other leading public-private bodies for his inputs on the subject. He is also a visiting faculty at Azim Premji University, where he teaches a course on sports education at the post-graduate level.
Parminder has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Pune, and a Master’s degree in Management from Arizona State University. His interests include running, hiking, golf and long-drives. He lives in Bangalore with his wife and two kids – who are currently teaching him to play the piano!