If you are reading this introduction, then there is a very high chance you love football or someone in your family does and you want to find out more about us. If that is the case then please keep reading, and we will do our best to summarise, who we are, what we do, what sets us apart and why The Roots Team are so much more than just a football academy.
Other than the fact that everyone at RPL is passionate about football and have played their entire lives, we realise that the game has so much more to offer than just kicking a ball around with friends. It is a way to bond, respect, trust, communicate, become healthier and ultimately aim to achieve more than just the physical aspect the game has to offer. To ensure everyone that participates has fun, feels more confident and finally improve their skills and technique on the football pitch.
The Roots Premier League allows players to be drafted through an auction process, have their names printed on jerseys and participate in weekly games that are planned and organised against other teams in the League. This is all over a 3 month period concluding with trophies, presentations and video highlights of the season. It is a proven and tested formula that allows players to flourish, push themselves mentally, physically and gel with their team mates, while all targeting to win the competition. Overall a wonderful challenge and memorable experience for all that are involved.
Finally, in case you were wondering who the Roots team is, what our backgrounds are, how we got into this field, please read below. You will find out a little more about us, what we look like and where we are from.
(Co-Founder & CEO)
Purdue University graduate and is currently the Co-founder & Director of Aroma Thai Spas and Butter Events. Harpreetmanages the business and financial side of The ROOTS Football Academy as well as overseeing the day to day operations, sponsorship, upcoming football events and expanding ROOTS into other markets. Originally, he was brought up in Thailand, and played for various varsity teams growing up including Bloomberg in New York. Football has always been an integral part of his life and this Academy is an extension of that.
(Co-Founder & COO)
Having graduated in film direction and acting in L.A., Santino proceeded to work with Warner Bros on movies like Constantine, Miss Congeniality, Posedion and others. Following years of working with Hollywood film units at the highest level, he returned to India and signed onto working with Dharma productions in order to grow his career in other areas of film such as direction, production and talent management. His love for sports stemmed from playing football his entire life, and since co-founding ROOTS, he decided to turn that passion into something tangible that utilizes skills previously acquired along with his natural ability to genuinely connect with people by adding a new dimension to the ROOTS team.
London born Gaurav Assomull studied at Harrow school before achieving his double honours degree in French and international business from UCL. He played football and cricket at the highest level in school and college and then went on to co-found IntergenEnergy Ltd, an infrastructure company operating in the north of India. He is also heavily involved within the start up space having invested in 4 tech based start-ups just last year. His involvement in ROOTS will be brand expansion and finance.
Varun Gupta, having been born into a family of enterprising individuals, was naturally drawn towards entrepreneurship. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bond University in Australia, and followed it up with a Masters degree in Management. He is currently a Director and CFO at India Steel Works Ltd and Isinox Limited, as well as the third-generation promoter from his family. He uses his experience of nine years and expertise in the industry to lead day-to-day operations of the company and he is also the founder of LEAP India. He loves travelling and has visited almost every part of the world. Varun loves football and owes it to his fitness.
Shinjan graduated Law School in 2016 and worked within litigation until he decided to spend his life doing something he loved. So he decided to pursue his masters in Sports Management from the esteemed Florida State University. Post his graduation he has worked & developed a sports division for tourism in Florida. He is now back in India and wants to make his own mark in the fast growing sports industry. He has joined Roots as our General Manager and will oversee different aspects of the league.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Kazaan did his major in History from the Mumbai University. He has been in film production and dabbled in graphic design for over 15 yrs. He has been influential to the growth of ROOTS from day one by designing every piece of marketing material, logos and also the website. He is a crucial piece to the puzzle in ensuring things run smoothly and all creatives are fresh, original and appeal to all viewers. His work ethic is second to none and commitment combined with passion to achieve absolute perfection adds immense value to our international team.
(Operations & Logistics)
Joey has been an integral part of the football landscape in India forthe past 5 years. Since 2012, he hasworked as an Assistant Coach forPune FC Academy, moving on tobeing a part of the Mumbai City FCgrassroots program. A successfuland certified coach, Joey has adeep understanding of the game,and is on board the Roots teammanaging their on-ground logisticsand operations.
Sumeet Nindrajog is a Senior Partner and Co-founder of Paragon Partner, a mid-market focused private equity firm headquartered in Mumbai. Sumeet has over 16 years of experience in advising, investing and operating in companies in North America and India. Prior to co-founding Paragon Partners in 2015, Sumeet was the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Hover Automotive India – a leading global automobile manufacturer’s exclusive distributor in India – and grew the company from a start-up to recording annual sales of ~$500 million.
Dino Morea is an established supermodel, a well-known actor & a fitness enthusiast. He has been associated with many brands as a model & worked in over 35 films in his career. He shares an amazing passion for the game of football, still plays it & is a part of the “Playing for Humanity” team, which he and his colleagues have started in order to raise money for charity. His company DM Fitness has already begun a super initiative to help every Indian to get fitter and healthier. They set up street fitness stations for people to use free of cost.