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Sporting Group International announces promotions for two employees

Sporting Group International (SGI) are delighted to announce that two of our employees have been promoted within the group.

Pranay Kapuria and Charlie Bannister have been promoted to Head of Sponsorship India & Talent Management and Head of Sponsorship UK respectively.

Pranay joined the business in 2016 as Research and Social Media Executive before returning to India to be the General Manager of SGI’s India office out in Delhi.

He will now lead the sponsorship team in addition to talent management out in India connecting brands with rights holders across a multitude of sports complimenting the recent completed deals with brands such as Apollo Tyres and My Protein.

Charlie joined Sporting Group International in 2018 initially as a Recruitment Consultant for our sister business Sportingjobs.co.uk before transitioning into the sponsorship team of SGI.

He will now lead the sponsorship activities of SGI in the UK aiming to add to the portfolio of successful deals he has completed that include brands such as Dafabet and Luke 1977.

Adrian Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Sporting Group International commented “I am delighted for both Pranay and Charlie, the ethos created at SGI is to promote from within,  where possible. Both individuals have shown an exceptional aptitude to diversify their skill sets and deliver great results for the Group – I wish them all the very best for the future.”

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Deal Struck For International Defender

Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce it has added another top player to its stable of footballers after an agreement was struck with Indian National defender Anas Edathodika to represent him.

Malappuram-born Edathodika had joined Jamshedpur FC in the first round of this season’s draft, becoming one of the league’s highest paid player in the process.

Previously the popular central defender has enjoyed stays at I-league sides Mumbai FC, Pune FC & Mohun Bagan and Delhi Dynamos in the ISL

Despite an injury ravaged season under the guidance of Steve Coppell, Edathodika has managed 549 minutes in 8 games this season.

“I am delighted to have signed with Sporting Group International who will look after my contractual affairs” Edathodika said.

SGII’s CEO Adrian Wright was delighted that the defender had agreed to join our well established stable of players now signed to the UK and India based agency:

“There is no doubt Anas fits the model of player and character we want working with us.  He’s very ambitious, determined and well respected in the game.”

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Ricardo signs exclusive deal with Seismic

collage of goalkeeper Ricardo with seismic gloves.

I-League goalkeeper Ricardo Cardozo has signed an exclusive deal to wear gloves for an international brand for the forthcoming season.

The 25-year old shot stopper, who joined I-League side Mohun Bagan from Churchill Brothers recently, has agreed a deal with Irish company Seismic who supply goalkeeper gloves and product to a number of sportspeople in the UK and Ireland.The ground-breaking deal, engineered by his commercial representatives Sporting Group International, will see Cardozo wearing the product for the forthcoming season.

 “It’s important as a goalkeeper you have gloves you feel comfortable wearing and give you confidence to perform in all conditions,” Cardozo said.

 “The Seismic gloves have felt fantastic in training.  I can’t wait to for the season to start.”

 Steve McCormack, of Seismic, said: “Our gloves are already hugely popular in Europe and  South America, so when the opportunity to expand into India arose, it was only a matter of finding the right keeper.  Ricardo was just who we wanted. An exceptionally talented and dedicated young keeper to represent our brand with professionalism.

“We were delighted he was so impressed with the quality of the gloves as that is something we pride ourselves on. 

“We wish him the best for the season and look forward to working with many more keepers across India.”

For more information on Seismic’s product range visit www.seismic.ie

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Indian Super League stars sign groundbreaking boot deal

The Mumbai born pair have signed a multi-year deal with US sports powerhouse New Balance.

Striker Rane, a former under 23 Indian international, joined Indian Super League side ATK in the summer draft whilst defender Bheke has been earning rave reviews for current ISL league leaders Bengaluru FC.

The pair become the first Indian ISL players to sign to the brand.

“I am delighted to be linking up New Balance and being part of their strategic plan to increase their presence in Asia,” Rane said. 

“I’ve been wearing their boots since the start of the season, the look and feel fantastic.  Hopefully this will be a successful relationship for us, both on and off the pitch.”

Bheke echoed Rane’s comments: “I’ve been really impressed with the quality and comfort of New Balance’s boots; to perform at your best you have to feel the best you can on the pitch.  I know wearing New Balance boots will help me do just that.” 

Stuart Henwood, New Balance’s Country Manager for the Middle East and India, said:

“New Balance India is proud to sign and be working with Jayesh and Rahul. As we continue to scale and grow the brand in India we look forward to working with top athletes such as them.”

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Defender Signs Player Management Deal

New Delhi, India, 12 February 2018 – Sporting Group International India (SGII) are delighted to announce that it has added another name to its stable of up and coming footballers plying their trade in Indian football.

Abhishek Ambekar, who can operate at either left back or as a winger, has joined SGI’s team and they will provide him with on and off field representation, whilst aiding his all-round career development.

The 26 year old Mumbai born player is earning rave reviews this season with his side Minerva Punjab who are widely regarded as favourites to win the Hero I-League title this year.

“I’m delighted to been linking up with Sporting Group International who will help guide and develop my career moving forward, I have heard very good things from players that use their services.

“The support they will provide me is invaluable, allowing to concentrate all of my efforts on the pitch on achieving success for Minerva Punjab this season”, says Abhishek.

Pranay Kapuria, General Manager at Sporting Group International India, said he was pleased to provide his company’s services to another of India’s up and coming footballers:

“We’re delighted to have added Abhishek to our growing team of players.  We have a passion for Indian football, and the services we will provide to our crop of players will allow them to work towards realising their ambitions.”