Started my career at an early age when I played for St Andrew’s High School, Mumbai from 1985-87. Was coached under Mr. Jude Felix, former Indian Hockey Captain.From 1988 to 1994, played for a local team – Whitefield Football Club Bangalore.During the same time played for Lowery Memorial High School Bangalore and was judged the BEST PLAYER in the HAL Coaching Camp of 1992-93.I was also adjudged the BEST PLAYER in the ITI Coaching Camp in 1993-94.In 1992-94 played for Ujjwal Vidhayala PU College Bangalore. Later, played for St Joseph Arts & Science College Bangalore from 1994 to 1997.
My Football career did not end with studies as I continued to play for the Company I worked for. The first being 24/7, where I played from 2002 through to 2004. As it was cooperate so got busy with work however was not satisfied with work wanted to connect with people and changed career at the age of 33 to become a tattoo artist in 2011 worked for India’s renowned Studio Kraayonz Tattoo Studio for 3 years till the day My son said “Dad I want to join a football camp.” That’s when I envisioned to start Rare Dare football club. ‘Rare’ because the thought was rare and ‘Dare’ was because of the ups & downs. Hence came out with a format for the club and academy to self-sustain, pay bills, focus on grassroots football and last but most importantly love and enjoy what you do to help all the young dreamers like my son……. because once I was a dreamer myself… From then took up as a Head Coach of RDFC and The Academy since its inception in 2014 till date. D Licence Coach with AIFF -2017. My day-to-day tasks includes • Organisational, planning and running amateur, semi-professional or professional coaching sessions • providing feedback on performance and discussing tactics • giving guidance on nutrition, injury prevention and fitness • helping players keep a positive mental attitude and self-discipline • flexibility to adapt teaching methods for different ages and abilities
Business Journey: 2014 till date RDFC has taken part in various local tournaments held by private event organizers for 11-a-side or 7-a- side games. Some of the tournaments give prize money and some give social media coverage. RDFC uses the prize money to support itself and the coverage as a marketing for its academy. RDFC also runs its academy in three different schools around Bangalore. The academy and tournament prize money are forms as an income to the club which is invested for equipment and playing kits for players and camp kids.
Challenges No focus on grassroots football. Infrastructure shortage which we as a club are in the progress of setting up our first arena. Continuity of competitive tournaments and support to the sport.
RDFC has been playing as an amateur club and will be playing the tournament TAL which is a 11 a side tournament in which we will prove that we are ready as a club to go to the next level in Indian football as we progress. Our vision is to play the top league in India and in time stand amongst the top clubs in the world to make India proud.