Padukone Sports Management (PSM) was founded in 2002 to invigorate the sport of Badminton in India with a vision to be the one-stop solution for everything related to badminton. In the initial years, the activities of PSM were restricted to organising a few National level tournaments in Bangalore. Then subsequently in 2015 the promoters realised the need of organised coaching for amateur club level players and that was the beginning of real PSM. At that point, India lacked holistic badminton coaching. A dire demand for coaching began amongst the players who wanted to learn the sport of badminton more seriously and this was keenly observed by Padukone Sports Management.
Badminton is the second most popular sport in the country after Cricket, yet there was a lack of infrastructure and organised coaching. Badminton began to be observed as a sport for fitness and recreation amongst all. The number of amateur players saw an exponential increase, there were enthusiasts with their rackets playing the sport in parks and front of their houses. This tremendous popularity screamed and screeched for the need for a structured coaching program that enabled everyone to learn the sport with more vigor. Catering to this demand, gradually coaching centres were started by PSM in over 8 cities around the county where holistic training programs were introduced to the young ones to master the sport of badminton. It was monitored and programmed carefully. Kids were trained and provided an opportunity to participate in National and State level tournaments.
Vimal Kumar was conferred with the prestigious ‘Dronacharya Award’ for excellence in badminton coaching in 2019. Not only has his coaching been recognized in India, in 2016 he was honoured with a Meritorious Service Award by the BWF (Badminton World Federation). During his playing career, he represented the country at various international events for over twelve (12) years in the 1980s. He won the French International, Welsh International, and Strasbourg International two times each during that time. In 1988, he helped India reach the Thomas Cup Finals after a gap of 15 years by winning his Singles game against Thailand. He attained a career best world ranking of 18 in Men’s Singles after winning the first ever SAARC International Championship.
Aditya brings immense experience learned during his training stints at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy and Gopichand Academy. Aditya is also considered to be one of the most technically gifted players of the game.
o OGQ (Olympic Gold Quest) certified coach
o KOA (Karnataka Olympic Association) award – 2008
o Ekalavya Award – Karnataka State – 2012
o Silver Medallist in Men’s Singles in the Youth Commonwealth Games Pune 2008.
o Part of the team that won the Bronze Medal in the Junior World Championship, Pune, 2008
o Part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the SAF (South Asian Federation) games in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010
o Former National Champion in the U-13, 16 and 19 category.
Manjesh’s relations with the Padukone family run long. Having started playing at the early age of seven, Manjesh’s first coach happened to be Mr. Ramesh Padukone, who is none other than our Founder, Prakash Padukone’s father. Later on, he trained under Mr. Narayanswamy who was Prakash Padukone’s sparring partner. To further his coaching endeavour, he trained to be a coach under Mr. Narendra Ubhayakar, after which he achieved his BWF Level 1 Certification from Dubai, UAE. Manjesh has been involved with PPSM since 2016.
Ganesh has worked with popular badminton academies and played a major role in training national and state players. Later he joined PSM and has quickly become very popular among his students. He is good with both children as well as adults. Ganesh likes to take it step by step, one stroke at a time. Ganesh is very gentle and understands the importance of strict discipline on-court. He is a firm believer in the importance of basic technical skills in order to grow as a player. He is also a BWF Level – 1 certified coach & shuttle-time tutor.
The most experienced coach in our body, Makarand sir has over thirty years of experience in training children. A coach who has produced many national and international level players, his speciality lies in upgrading players from their current level. Based out of Nashik, most players who train under him are able to advance from the beginner level to intermediate, and from intermediate level to an advanced level in a short period of time. His works include having trained international players like Sagar Chopda and Pradnya Gadre.
‘Giri’ as he is affectionately called, started with PSM right after getting an MBA in Marketing Finance. His primary responsibilities include coach management, marketing and event management. His pure love for badminton drew him to the company, making it his first job and also what drives him every day. Funny by nature but purely professional when it comes to his job, outside of work he immensely enjoys travelling. He is famously known for belonging to the ‘first four’ crew of PSM.
Rahul joined PPSM to fulfil his passion and achieve his long term ambition to develop the sport in India. He looks forward to developing external relationships through strategic tie-ups with corporates, international, Indian badminton clubs and academies. His driving force is the passion for the sport itself. Apart from strategic planning and execution, he brings a creative edge to the team. Another thing that he is extremely passionate about is food. In his free time, you may find him trying different cuisines and making food blogs.
Civil engineer by fate, sports management post-graduate by choice, Jithin began his journey with Prakash Padukone Sports Management in 2019. His passion for the sports made him come back to the sports industry, and meeting new people is what drives him daily. He’s the one-man-army looking after operations, event management, and everything else at our biggest centre across India, Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence. Outside of work, Jithin would be found trekking or travelling in various parts of South India.
A highly regarded person in the Bangalore badminton fraternity, she worked with the KBA for 5 years. Every parent’s point of contact across the city, she helps create seamless communication with students as well as their parents. Pramila can converse in 8 languages; Malayalam, Tamil, English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, and Coorgi. Her passion for badminton is unparalleled in our team, and that is what makes her the beloved ‘Prameela Ma’am’. On an off day, you may find her enjoying herself by reading books.