Pandemic Or Not, Sports Are An Integral Part Of Our Lives: Dr Sankar UV, The Sports School
In an exclusive interaction with BW Education, Dr Sankar UV, Director of The Sports School spoke about the institution and more.
Please tell us in details about the courses. What are the aspects going to be focused on in the entire curriculum?
Sports Management programs are meant for those passionate about sports and are aware of the know-how of business administration. There is more to the degree than what first grabs attention; it incorporates any and every aspect of sports and recreation. While a regular BBA/MBA degree equips students to carry out managerial roles and entrepreneurship, Sports Management programs provide an expertise business management course with real-time experience wherein students are given an opportunity to manage live sports events, conduct industry mentoring sessions, case studies, and seminars to bridge the gap between the sports and business industry.
How innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum The Sports School will be offering to the students in comparison to other institutions?
During the 3-year period, while pursuing BBA in Sports Management at The Sports School, students will gain in-depth knowledge of the industry and learn business tactics to accomplish excellence in the field. Along with classroom knowledge, they will get ample opportunities to be an active part of the athletic world, including event simulators, Interaction with prominent personalities, field trips, and national and international competitions.
What are the varied prospects the students can explore in career by pursuing sports management courses?
Degree in Sports Management opens a broad range of opportunities in the sports arena; from hardcore finance to administration and marketing. A few career options that one can look forward to are Sports Marketing, Sports Analyst, Athletic Administrator, Finance and Contract Analyst, Sports Agent, Sports Information Director, Sports Event Manager, etc. We will be facilitating students with placement opportunities in some of the best companies nationwide and internationally.
Please tell us which brands or sports associations you have partnered with to offer placements to the students.
Students who pursue their BBA in Sports Management degree get a chance to intern and experience the work culture of brands like Bengaluru FC, JSW, Moonwalkr, JGi, Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy. In the past, many alumni from JGi have bagged work with leading apparel and sports merchandising brands, as well as player and event management firms. We also have a huge opportunity for professionals to get absorbed in our growing sports school ecosystem.
Due to the pandemic, the sports have taken backstage. How do you think the students will be interested to pursue these courses?
BBA in Sports Management program at The Sports School is a 3-year program and despite the current situation due to the pandemic, we have received numerous applications for admissions. During the lockdown, students and their parents have explored the different trajectories of career in Sports which is not limited to being an athlete or a coach anymore. Pandemic or not, sports are an integral part of our lives, and with tournaments like IPL and US Open being held during these times prove the same, hence a career in Sports is still as promising as it was previously.
Amidst this current pandemic, how do you think the sports industry will revive?
Despite the fact that our way of playing sports and life, in general, are being affected, I believe that sports have a bright chance of picking up. There will certainly be the aspect of heightened safety protocols for the foreseeable future, and since the people of our country have become more conscious of their health, participating in sports to improve fitness will grow. Once sports resume, social distancing is going to be the new norm, and athletes will undoubtedly be more cautious of their well-being. We have already resumed professional tennis training at our campus and the players have easily adapted to the new norms, keeping safety and precautions in mind.
How the courses will bridge the gap between the sports industry and business management?
Sports Management is a field that combines the best of both Management and Sports. It not only exposes students to the booming Indian Sporting Industry but will also groom them in all aspects and helps upskill their business management skills. Indian Sports Industry has seen an exceptional growth curve with corporates making an array into sporting events like IPL, ISL, Kabbadi League and the likes. With many tournaments comes the requirement for professionals who can manage the operational, financial, marketing aspect of these events, as well as grow the segment. With the introduction of various sports leagues in India and all over the world, the previously minuscule scope of opportunities has now widened and therefore there is a growing requirement for professionals working behind the screen.
How the course empowers future leaders to generate higher growth for the sports industry? By pursuing these courses will the students be able to foster their entrepreneurial skills?
With exposure to the, behind the scene work of Sports, students will be able to tackle regular managerial challenges in a more innovative way. The course prepares them to face endless possibilities and will eventually help them in becoming pioneers in the Indian Sporting Industry. The course ensures that they understand the minute details required to manage a sporting event, a sporting brand or a player’s life cycle so that they are able to take that learning to the next level. Original and creative thinking is also encouraged. At The Sports School, we believe in creating well-rounded professionals who not only have the motivation to revolutionize the industry but are also equipped with the tools to achieve it. The spirit of entrepreneurship is ingrained by enabling individuals to get first-hand sporting experience, at the grassroots level. The brands and advisory board we work with ensure the quality of the curriculum is top-notch.
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