The Adidas Creators Premier League is back for its second season. The corporate ‘pro-am’ football event will be played in Mumbai from August 24.
The star-studded, men’s and women’s tournament will feature players from various professional arenas ranging from Bollywood stars to the top executives and CEO/owners of some companies. The tournament is conceptualized by Leap Pro Sports in partnership with adidas. The teams consist of semi-pro football players and some of the best players across the spectrum.
Throwing the gauntlet to challenge the status quo of men’s only sports, actor Rannvijay Singh & Leap Pro Sports are organising India’s first semi-professional football league for women.
“Women are finally getting their long overdue credit in every sphere of our lives. The society has had an awakening of sorts in the past few years, and that’s a really positive sign for things to come. We believe that getting involved in sports is an amazing way for women to gain fitness, and express themselves and their leadership finesse. I’m proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative, surrounded by some of the most talented and incredible women, this is just the beginning of a beautiful journey,” says Rannvijay Singh.
Pranav Premnarayen, Co-Founder, adidas Creators Premier League, adds: “We are trying to build a strong foundation for the sports ecosystem in India by providing a platform for semi-professional football players and corporate professionals to play in pan –India tournaments, so if men can participate in the tournament why shouldn’t the women? There are huge success stories in Indian women sports, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu etc. They all have one thing I’m common, a will to create success and backing from the right people. We are here for the latter part.”
“PokerStars India is excited to be associated with Adidas Creators Premier League. We’re big supporters of skill based games and this association marks the beginning of showing our active participation in supporting sports of all kinds. We’re looking forward to many more such associations,” said Ankur Dewani, CEO, PokerStars India.
The idea behind the league is to bring forth the deserving players in the limelight while also providing corporate professional an opportunity to take up sports as a fitness routine. Bollywood celebrities like Rannvijay Singha, Divya Agarwal, Varun Sood, Bruna Abdullah, Aarti Khetrepal, Alankrita Sahai will join.
The league comprises people who have played professional football in their prime, or people who work and play good football. The league has 20 owners with 16 men and 4 women teams and a total of 400 players picked through a draft process. The teams play with each other and the winner takes the crown and cash prize of the adidas Creators Premier League.