Former National Champion Arvind Bhat about Ninad:-
"Ninad Kulkarni is training with me last 1 year. He is one of the most hard working and dedicated student I have. I sincerely request anyone seeing this fund raising campaign profile to help him as much as possible. I’m sure it will be put to good use and he will do his best to achieve laurels".
With the formal Badminton training started at NKBA, Ninad was also doing his academics in the Millennium National School. He attended every coaching session with a very sincere approach and was doing badminton fitness training early in the morning before school time.The task of taking him to the academy and back to home multiple times a day, was dedicatedly managed by his parents so that he shouldn’t miss a single session unless & until any important reason.
With sincere efforts, his participation in various tournaments showed his progress in the game. So to take him further, his father decided to learn the game so that Ninad can get more practice at home too. Ninad’s parents are into a very different field of Arts, his father Prashant is a Musician & his mother Suvarna is a Classical Bharatnatyam Dancer & Teacher. Inspite of that, they also took keen interest and Ninad started regularly practising with his father on court. With the additional practice & dedication, Ninad progressed further with more skilful playing. According to experts, his progress in the game of Badminton with just 2 years of training is remarkable with a good potential of achievements.
With his strong commitment towards Badminton, it was becoming difficult for Ninad to manage his school academics simultaneously. So facing many criticisms, his parent took a tough decision to drop him from the formal school and opt for open schooling (NIOS - National Institute of Open Schooling), so that he can concentrate more on his game.
To take him further on the path, Ninad’s parents decided to shift him to Bangalore,with a successful trial at LEVEL UP Badminton Academy, Bangalore. Ninad is now training at Levelup under the guidance of chief coach Arvind Bhat who is a former National Champion & 2014 German Open Winner. Arvind Sir is also Head Coach of Bengaluru Raptors team for Premier Badminton League (PBL) & also one of the coaches for the Indian senior team.
Ninad’s daily training is of 6 hours which consists of 2 on-court sessions of 2 hours each before lunch and 2 hours of fitness training in the evening with weekly off on Sunday, on which he plays open tournaments in Bangalore sometimes. Left-Handed player Ninad is now 14 years old and he has next 4/5 years to develop himself as a professional badminton player.
Away from his mother & hometown, Ninad is now living in Bangalore with his father who is providing him support not only for discussion with coaches, additional diet requirements, monitoring his training sessions & tournaments, taking extra practice whenever needed but also managing house keeping & also doing some music tuitions to make out some part of the living expenses.
More than the other sacrifices, making of a sportsman is really challenging for the parents in terms of financials. The approximate Financial requirement for 1 year of training & tournaments is about 8 Lacs. The actual break-up is as follows-
- Badminton Coaching Fees - Rs. 1,80,000
- Fitness Training Fees - Rs. 54,000
- Rent & Mess Charges - Rs. 1,44,000
- State, National Out-Station and other Tournaments - Rs. 2,40,000
- Badminton Equipments (Rackets, Shoes, Clothings, etc) - Rs. 50,000
- Racket Guttings (Stringing) - Rs. 24,000
- Feather Branded Shuttle Boxes - Rs.50,000
- Diet, Supplements & Misc. - Rs. 72,000
- Physiotherapy - Rs. 24,000
With his all potential, Ninad with his parents completely believe in himself and with his sincere dedicated efforts & hard work, he will surely succeed on his path as a professional Badminton player.
Any financial help & support will really mean for Ninad and his parents to take him further on this path.
Thank You very much !