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Revolutionising Skating

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Management graduate, Coach Ajay Shivlani, worked with Tata Press and The Indian Express Group before following his passion for skating.
International Examiner (ICP), World & National Record Holder (Limca Book of Records), All India Champion, Mentor to World Rankers & Coach to National winners, Shivlani has trained more than 1 Lakh skaters across India.

He founded The Skate Academy (TSA) in March 2015, with the aim of imparting world class Skate Training and having tie ups all over India and abroad. His goal is to produce world class skating champions who bring glory not only to their families but also to the nation.

In conversation with Dominic Rebello, Ajay says, “Our format, attitude and fun factor sets us apart from others.”

What is the idea behind The Skate Academy?
The Skate Academy was formed with idea of promoting skating as a safe, fun and healthy activity for one and all. We at The Skate Academy believe that any age, gender, shape and size can take to skating and enjoy the sheer glide two inches above the ground. This can be easily achieved with our scientific based fundamentals methods of training. And our mature, responsible and family safe instructors.

We have been mentors to world rankers and national champions and would want to create world class skate academies all over India and the globe that also truly believes in producing international level champions. The academy not just focuses on making winners but also inculcating the spirit of healthy competition.

How are you different from others?
So many areas: Our ex-students make us very proud, many of them have proved their mettle in the real world by achieving good success at academics as well as professional world.

We proudly announce that our format, attitude and fun factor sets us apart from others. In addition to the regular sessions, students also develop specific skills in small groups based on their abilities so that they can absorb the most out of every lesson. In addition, we also ensure that the student has fun during the training. Our team not only comprises of best of coaches to suit all needs but also includes a sports nutritionist and sports counsellor. We are also associated with a panel of sports medicine doctors, physiotherapists and fitness instructors.

Students are taught by professional instructors who follow the internationally recognised format of teaching.

We have stopped counting our medals after we realised that our students have collectively won more than 1000 medals. Many have won merit at the state, national and international level competitions.

Any expansion plans?
The Skate Academy has 8 skate training centres in the western side of Mumbai city. We are looking at adding another 12-15 centres in phases at various parts of Mumbai.

We have already partnered with Lazerxtech from Pune for sharing the training knowhow and using their internationally proven high quality skate products for our students. We also plan to partner with several skating entities in different parts of India and the World for sharing of technical scientific guidance and also looking at franchising in overseas market. A free to learn skate program for the economically challenged kids where the skate training and equipment will also be provided by us without any cost to the students is already in planning.

Some of the best known and proven skating coaches of the World will be conducting various skating workshops through us in India. Some of our students will be sent abroad to learn latest proven techniques and will be exposed to new infrastructure. A pro skate shop is in order for our students, where in our skaters will be able to try the best and latest skating and fitness equipment suiting to their requirement and liking.

Your vision for the company?
The Skate Academy will revolutionise the skating industry by fusing expert insight with smart technology to better the outcomes of skating training. Develop intelligent skaters and global minded leaders.

Where do you see yourself five years down the road?
We want to become premier skate training and trading company in India by venturing into all areas of skating and skate related products. To produce and support world class skating champions who will not only bring glory to their families but also to our nation.

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