U Sports is a futuristic sports business company started in the year 2014. By this we mean - as India marches into a new productive era and makes it presence felt as a major global player, achieves new found recognition, also establishing its presence as a major economy… at the same time we see the evolution of a growing Indian sports ecosystem. U Sports as a company aims to work with this ever evolving Indian sports ecosystem with the intent to positively influence the sports outcome in the country and later to the world. Therefore using this synergy of economy, growth and development of sports… thereby the growth of a scalable sports company that is organically growing with the Indian Economy.
We work with talented athletes to achieve their maximum potential by providing them a platform to build and advance their career in their respective sporting disciplines. Sport in India continues to transform the way we live, persevere, learn, compete, enthral, inspire and entertain ourselves. With "U" as the umbrella brand, representing our sports business, "U" also stands for Unilazer, as much as it symbolises "you" and "youth".
The 4 independent lines on the left side of the letter ‘U’ are lines meant to imply ‘cutting edge’. Each of the four lines signify (a) dream; (b) faster; (c) higher and (d) stronger. The first line represents the dream of playing/being/performing a sport while the last 3 lines are part of the Olympic motto which is Citius, Altius and Fortius.
Our aim is to be among the best in crafting the present and building the future of sports in India with a two pronged approach where we focus on professional sports (pro-sports) and ground up developmental of a select few sport programmes. In pro- sports, we build Teams and Professional Sports IPs through focused youth programmes and integrated mass media collaborations. We lay equal emphasis on development of sports in our country and therefore a key element of our agenda is to recognise existing and emerging forms of sports in India; and offer a platform to encourage talent, provide a lifestyle and transforming young athletes aspirations into reality.
The Company is focused on it’s main sporting disciplines; Kabaddi, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Football, E Sports and Motorsports.
Various facets of U Sports area of expertise in the sports business are: building winning sports teams and identifying sports disciplines and building IP’s where in - programme planning and management, webcast and broadcast, marketing and promotion, strategic sports PR, athlete performance and management and deep seeded interventions to help elevate sports talent and positively influence the sports scenario in India.
U Mumba TT is the latest extension of brand U Mumba, representing the city of Mumbai in the popular indoor sport of Table Tennis. While the UTT tournament has completed 2 successful seasons, U Mumba joins them in the third season. With U Mumba TT, we’re extending our strength and reach beyond kabaddi (U Mumba), volleyball (U Mumba Volley), football (U Mumba FC), and esports with multi game competitive eSports teams (U Mumba eSports).
U Mumba TT begins its first season (UTT Season 3) with a great selection of players including Manav Thakkar, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Doo Hoi Kem, Kirill Gerassimenko, Moumita Dutta and Jeet Chandra. They are excited to be part of one of the biggest Sports franchises in the country.
U Mumba is the Mumbai city franchise of the Pro Kabaddi League.
Derived from the word ‘Mumba’, the name represents the mother island that gave birth to our mega city which is now known as Mumbai. We the citizens make the city what it is, therefore the name U Mumba. The team chose orange as it’s primary colour for their jersey because fisher folks of the region use this as their primary identifiable colour, this personifies the fact that in the deep blue ocean orange stands out as a clutter breaker… that is U Mumba for the rest of the world.
U Mumba and eleven other franchises play in a caravan format at 12 venues including its home turf, Mumbai, in the Pro Kabaddi League, initiated by Mashal Sports.
In 2018, season 6 & 7 the team has been reimagined and recreated from a scratch. We now have a new Head coach Sanjeev Baliyan and Upendra Kumar as Asst. Coach from last year. The idea was to focus on a young dynamic squad with a good mix of youth and experience. The team will comprise of an experienced defensive (corners and covers) line up with a young offence (raiders) unit.
Brief History: Season 1 to 6
The team was led by Captain Anup Kumar for all 5 seasons, coached by Bhaskaran Edacherry and Ravi Shetty.
In season 1, the team finished Runners-Up, losing out to eventual champions Jaipur Pink Panthers in a closely fought finale.
In season 2, U Mumba consistently topped the table during the league stage and beat Bengaluru Bulls in a thrilling finale to be crowned Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League 2015 Champions.
In season 3, U Mumba topped the table again during the league stage to qualify for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, U Mumba beat Bengal Warriors to qualify for their third successive final. Up against the Patna Pirates, U Mumba lost.
In season 4, U Mumba stood 5th on the table, unable to make it to the Playoffs.
In season 5, U Mumba finished 8th on the team performance table.
In Season 6, U Mumba finished 2nd in the group and lost in the playoffs to place 5th overall.
The future plans of U Mumba:
Extending the reach of U Mumba Future Stars and taking it to top metros of India
U MUMBA SEASON 7 TEAM
Head Coach - Sanjeev Baliyan
Asst. Coach - Upendra Kumar
1 Fazel Atrachali ( Captain)
2 Harendra Kumar
3 Surinder Singh
4 Rajaguru Subramanian
6 Harsh Vardhan
7 Young Chang Ko
8 Dong Goen Lee
9 Rohit Baliyan
10 Abhishek Singh
11 Gaurav Kumar
13 Athul MS
14 Arjun Deshwal
15 Vinoth Kumar
16 Sandeep Narwal
17 Mohit Baliyan
18 Ajinkya Kapre
U Cypher is the vertical that handles eSports at U Sports. U Cypher is an eSports IP creator, primarily in identifying and promoting eSports athletes, building new team, showcasing new eSports games/disciplines and at same time building the space of content and tournaments. With U Cypher, we endeavor to create a platform for Indian eSports athletes to be recognized and build the eSports universe in India. U Cypher will lead the movement to make Indian eSports a global and cultural phenomenon.
The word ‘CYPHER’ in gaming terms refers to the action of decoding the opponent player’s code/playing style in a game, thereby giving him or her an edge to win the game. ‘U’ is part of the U Sports stable of projects. Therefore, the name ‘U CYPHER’. The masked face in the logo represents the eSports Athlete or Gamer. Every player who plays eSports adopts an avatar or a mask and then plays the game in this avatar. This avatar gives the players a feeling of being larger than life in the digital world and also gives him the confidence to be competitive in the eSports domain. The geometric lines and shapes in the mask stand for new age, computative and structural plays that make a player win the e-game. All the games and players have a deep hidden code and once cracked, helps the player become the winner.
The 4 independent lines on the left side of the letter ‘U’ are lines meant to imply cutting edge. Each of the four lines signify (a) dream; (b) faster; (c) higher and (d) stronger. The first line represents the dream of playing/being/performing a sport while the last 3 lines are part of the Olympic motto which is Citius, Altius and Fortius.
U Cypher is a first of its kind, multi-platform, multi-game eSports championship which will have 6 teams, with 14 members in each team, battling it out for Season 1's total prize money of Rs. 51 lakhs. The battleground revolves around 4 games, namely Counter Strike GO and DOTA 2 on PC, Tekken 7 on PS4 and Real Cricket 2017 on mobile.
The team mix will be a draft of players from across the 4 games. U Cypher has the biggest names from the Indian eSports scene competing. All the players in the Draft have been meticulously picked from the Top E Sports Tournaments and teams from pan or across India. But, what’s unique about the draft process is that these team members may not necessarily play together at the moment but will now get drafted into different teams on the basis of an equitable point based drafting process.
The gameplay: Each of the games will be shown as is on the digital platforms, i.e. U Cypher channels on youtube, youtubegaming, twitch, voot and usports.
The episodes : On MTV it would be a daily 60 minute show with repeats the next day. Season 1 will comprise of 37 episodes. Each episode will have two teams face off on all the four games to gain league points. The final four will play knockouts to determine the winners.
The TV show is planned to be coupled with the high action and drama of the individual games itself, the show will aim to connect with audiences across genres, focus on the human element of the players, to provide a peek into the world of the game and broadly on eSports, promising to be a thrilling race to the finish line.
U Mumba Volley will be participating in the inaugural PVL Pro Volleyball League from the 2nd to the 22nd of Feb 2019. The league has been conceptualised and developed by the VFI (Volleyball Federation of India) and Baseline Ventures.
OUR STORY TEAM
U Dream Football is a football training programme offering young talented footballers a unique opportunity to pursue a career as a professional footballer. The program has a 2 pronged approach of exposure to the player in India and abroad. Mainly directed abroad to Europe/ Germany. Brought to you by U Sports, U Dream Football aims to identify talent at an early stage and offer international training, academic and infrastructure support to help them advance as professional footballers. The program is based in both Nasik (at the Fravashi International Academy, 150 kms from Mumbai) in India and in Bitburg, Germany and therefore embedded with the European and German Philosophy of Football Education.
The directions on the program are greatly influenced and derived from the Bundesliga and its recommended clubs and Youth Development Programs. With BVB Dortmund, one of Germany's most successful clubs, as a technical partner, the training programme is greatly enhanced. U Dream Football aims to build a deep seeded foundation for the radical development and transformation of Indian football. It is among the few football training programmes that also lays equal emphasis on the academic development of the young athletes, as it offers IGCSE / Cambridge schooling and the opportunity to pursue higher university studies or skill based programmes. Therefore in Nasik we are based in a 50 Acre Campus facility and school that helps us keep the same direction towards Youth Development in Football with a strong focus on academics. And in a similar 50 Acre Campus in Bitburg Germany.
In 2015, 15 of India’s finest U15 footballers, selected from a massive talent hunt in over 46 cities were sent to Germany to train at an academy with complete access to the club’s rich facilities and world class infrastructure. The talent hunt saw participation from over 800 schools and 10,000+ students.
In October 2015, U Dream Football launched its second season where it did conduct football clinics for over 100 top schools in India to scout for the country’s best U15 talent. Led by coaches from Germany, these clinics did also help expose school teams to international standard of scouting and coaching, along with also being an opportunity to be selected for the prestigious international programme. The journey of U Dream Football that began in Germany, is now extending to derive diversified values from other developmental programs and clubs of Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Holland and UK. Players from our programme have the potential to play in the most evolved football leagues in Europe.
In 2016, 35 more players joined the programme in Europe. From here on, the programme will be called TATA Trusts U Dream Football. All the 35 boys selected are from the North East Region of India. Currently 95% of the students are sponsored by us. Also by 2019, the programme did (and will) help start upto 3 TATA Trusts U Dream Football Centres of Excellence in India: Aizawl (Mizoram), Imphal (Manipur), Chandigarh (Haryana).The plan is to have 3 centers by 2020. The plan is to work towards building a holistic ecosystem for football, thereby developing top level football coaches for India.
The partnership with BVB Dortmund will give the footballers enrolled under Tata Trusts U Dream Football to train under the Bundesliga side's youth coaches and even play competitive games against their youth teams. Known widely for their youth development system, with stars like Mario Goetze, Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic as academy graduates, the partnership will play a key role in development of our young trainees into professional footballers.
As of March 2018, we have 27 boys training under the programme and plan to extend the development of the idea and add more deserving age 15 and above players a chance to join the programme. Extensive trails will be conducted to select the deserving players into the program. The unique USP of the program being the sharp focus on Football and Education alike, along with directed focus on nutrition, personality development and football exposure.
U Moto, an initiative of U SPORTS, a sport business company founded by Ronnie Screwvala and Supratik Sen, aims to create a world-class motorcycle (Electric Motorcycles – E Bikes) racing event emerging from India, available to a mass audience via TV broadcast - whilst scouting, training and nurturing young talent and redefining the existing motorsport ecosystem.
Given India’s mass-scale affiliation with two wheelers across the board, clubbed with an emerging global economy, we believe this weaves well for a need of a motorsport to cater to this audience.
The event would be for tourist town – road racetrack based motorcycle racing with two distinct classes;
a) Intermediate Class – 110kW & 250km/h (approx)
b) Premier Class - To be launched later
We are in discussion with various motorcycle manufacturers, motorsport governing bodies and various administrations across Asia, with races slated to take place not only in India, but across the continent. Both classes of racing would be a ‘one-make series’ with manufacturers in each of the respective categories. Both categories will feature Indian and International riders. U Moto will adhere to the highest safety and regulatory standards of the sport and thus we’re in talks to bring on board both Indian and international experts to help build the product, to conform to FMSCI and FIM regulations.
With the country being arguably the largest market for two-wheelers, India is well and truly ready to be at the centre of a world-class E Bike motorcycle racing competition.
Going ahead, U Sports also plans to launch U Moto 250, a street racing competition, with a view to drive multipronged growth of E. Bikes, for the sport as well as tourism. Thus, races will be hosted in key tourism destinations across India and U Sports is working closely with CII to bridge the gap between the state, motorsport and tourism. The format would be open street circuits with 3-5km loops, with multiple laps; comparable to Moto 3 category with 250cc bikes.
Currently, U Moto is also in talks with various State Governments to be a part of the initiative. They have shown positive response towards building the sport within their states. Where the 1st Step is to identify the Tourist Destination and then a Road Space/ Demarcated Road where a seasonal track can be initiated. Here’s a peek into what a professional track model looks like. Our endeavour is to get the State Governments in creating a platform to make every Indian Motorsports enthusiast’s dream come true! A win win for the launch and mass adoption of E Bikes, motorsport development, tourism and large scale media broadcast along with an eye on creating business opportunity ("Make in India") in India