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Our Team & Coaches

Meet the high-performing team at Padukone sports management, led by the legendary Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar. All the coaches at Padukone sports management are trained in our proprietary coaching methodology and supported by knowledgeable staff to provide you with the best possible guidance at every stage of the game.

Our Leadership Team

Founder of psm Prakash-padukone

Prakash Padukone


Prakash Padukone is widely regarded as the pioneer of Indian badminton. He was ranked World No. 1 in 1980 – the same year he became the first Indian to win the All England Badminton Championship. Prakash Padukone continued the winning streak throughout his career and bagged over 20 international medals before retiring as a player in 1991. He remained actively involved in the game even after retirement and coached the Indian national badminton team from 1993 and 1996. For his immense dedication and the glory brought by him to the nation, Prakash Padukone has conferred the Arjuna Award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.
Padukone sports management was founded by the legendary Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar in 2002 to coach young badminton players. Eventually, it transformed into a holistic badminton academy for everyone to learn and enjoy the game with the proper training, as well as those who wish to compete professionally.

Vimal Kumar


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, but he was also honored 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. In addition, he attained a career-best world ranking of 18 in Men’s Singles after winning the first-ever SAARC International Championship. 

Over the years, Vimal Kumar has trained several badminton stars, including Gopichand and Saina Nehwal. At Padukone sports management, he focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game to both youngsters and adults to build passion and dedication towards the game and in other aspects of life, as well.

Co-Founder of PSM Vimal Kumar
Sriharsha Bade

General Manager- Padukone Sports Management

With over 10 years of experience in Management Consulting, Program Management & Marketing, Sriharsha Bade is a high-energy, result-driven analytical professional.

Sustainable growth is the goal for both Padukone sports management and life. He has an MBA from Babson College, Massachusetts.

An avid sports fan, Sriharsha religiously follows everything he can in the world of Badminton, Formula 1, MMA, Tennis, Basketball.

Coach Sriharsha Bade
Aditya Prakash

Head Coach

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.


  • OGQ (Olympic Gold Quest) certified coach
  • KOA (Karnataka Olympic Association) award – 2008
  • Ekalavya Award – Karnataka State – 2012
  • Silver Medallist in Men’s Singles in the Youth Commonwealth Games Pune 2008.
  • Part of the team that won the Bronze Medal in the Junior World Championship, Pune, 2008
  • Part of the team that won the Gold Medal in the SAF (South Asian Federation) games in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010
  • Former National Champion in the U-13, 16 and 19 category.
Coach Aditya_Prakash

Why is PSM India’s Leading Badminton Coaching Academy?

No sport is just a physical endeavor. It requires the proper conditioning of body and mind to play a game well, especially badminton, where a player must keep their mind focused while the body moves intuitively.
At Padukone sports management, we cover every aspect of the game to help you play better, enjoy more and minimize injuries.

  • The proper nutrition, focus, and personality development are part of our badminton training that’s aimed at enthusing a genuine love for sports in all our students in addition to playing it well.
  • Experienced coaches with proven record of accomplishment to expedite your training progress and instil confidence.
  • Compulsory on-court and off-court assessments are built into the training program to personalize the program for each student.
  • A standardized teaching methodology was developed by star players Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar.
  • Choose from customized training programs designed for players across age groups at different stages of the game.
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The Team

Sanket Shetty

Coaching Consultant- Padukone Sports Management

Sanket is a Sports management professional with Masters degree in Sports Marketing from Edith Cowin University in Australia and has 15 plus years of work experience across various sectors such as operations, venue management, strategic-planning & Marketing in the sports industry. 

Sanket has worked in multi-sport mega event like South-Asian Games 2016, Lusofonia Games, Common-Wealth Games Delhi 2010 where he was part of the organizing committee and also had the opportunity to work at international events like Hockey world cup, Asian Badminton Champion-ship, Pro boxing Championship 2016 and various sporting leagues like IBL, PKL, PBL etc. 

Coaching Consultant Sanket Shetty
Giridhara Gangolli


‘Giri’, as he is affectionately called, started with Padukone sports management 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 what drives him every day.

A thorough professional, he enjoys traveling, and his jovial personality is loved by all. He is famously known for belonging to the ‘first four’ crew of Padukone sports management.

Operations Giridhara Gangolli
Rahul Joshi


Rahul joined Padukone sports management to fulfill 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 and international and Indian badminton clubs and academies. His driving force is his 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 blogging about food.

Operations Rahul Joshi
Jithin Simha


A civil engineer by fate and sports management post-graduate by choice, Jithin began his journey with Padukone sports management in 2019. His passion for the game made his return 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 center across India, the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence. Outside of work, Jithin can be found trekking or traveling across India.

Operations Jithin Simha
Pramila Prakash


A highly regarded person in the Bangalore badminton fraternity, she worked with the KBA for five years. Every parent’s point of contact across the city helps create seamless communication with students and 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, which makes her the beloved ‘Prameela Ma’am’ for one and all. On an off day, you may find her immersed in a good book with a cup of tea on the side.

Administration Pramila Prakash

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