zlait Sports Management is strategic sports advisory that helps athletes, teams, business & enthusiasts chart their sporting paths. zlait is committed to a holistic development of sports in India through its commercial, marketing & technical endeavors.
Founder and CEO – Nikhil Sharma – linkedin
A sports management professional who has led organizations, Nikhil was formerly Director at Shillong Lajong FC where amongst other work he was instrumental in the inception of the Guwahati franchise of the Indian Super League. Nikhil is passionate about player development, league structures, sustainability in sport and branding. An AIFF, AFC and FIFA licensed coach, Nikhil is an alumnus of MICA Ahmedabad and has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune.
Sorabh Yadav – linkedin
With over 8 years of experience in sports marketing, consultancy and sports infrastructure projects, Sourabh heads zlait’s infrastructure business. Having worked closely with AstroTurf in setting up their business in India, Sourabh has been instrumental in setting up 4 state-of-the-art pitches in Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur. He integrates local know-how and hands-on experience to formulate pragmatic solutions for partners.
Gibran Rahman – linkedin
Gibran has worked in various business verticals in sports such as representation, digital marketing, sports infrastructure and events. Gibran is an avid footballer and fitness enthusiast. He is an alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia where he was on a sports scholarship and played for the University at the national and local level. He yearns to expand his learning curve and grow in the sports industry globally. At zlait, Gibran manages overall marketing, operations & partner relationships.
From Sunny Narang’s Facebook Posts :
2nd August, 2018
#zlait #LifetimeMentoring #SportsStartUps#FootballPassion #BuildingCoalitionsFor Creativity
Nikhil Sharma is a young man from Pune, who left his corporate job in a media company in Mumbai to follow his dream in sports, especially in football.
He worked under my mentoring for almost 4 years in which he was a Director on Shillong Lajong Football Club (SLFC) the first football club from North East to enter I League, looking at team building and co-creating the only ISL football club of North East India, the NorthEast United FC.
He built a new web of relationships from football clubs in India and in many other countries that love football.
He has a single minded dedication to building the football ecology of India from grassroots scouting to players to federations to leagues to coaches to infrastructure to clubs.
He himself is a certified football coach.
As life goes, I moved out of all operations to take a sabbatical from entrepreneurship and do light touch mentoring and informally work in the intersection of politics, policy, innovation, start ups and entrepreneurship.
And delight in my love of the diversity of cultures and communities of our indefinable Des.
So Nikhil set out to build his own enterprise which would single mindedly just work on football and everything associated with it.
He has created a small start up zlait with two partners Sourabh Yadav and Gibran Rahman both Delhi NCR boys.
They are managing Indian and Foreigner football players, building football infrastructure and consultants at large for clubs and leagues, amateur, recreational, professional.
As I shared before LEH LEH Sports built it’s first synthetic turf, it was built by zlait.
This is my larger start up family, in most I have zilch monetary investment but they all believe in following ones passion.
It will soon come together via my Sutradhaar site Rasa Investments Group to share the stories of those that follow their own passions and support others in theirs.
As I say ‘Building Coalitions for Creativity’.
And with few it is not a start up mentoring only, but #LifetimeMentoring ;