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‘Sisters in sweat is a community exclusively for women, by women, stitched together by sport and wellness.’ It all started one night in Bangalore, in September 2017, when Swetha Subbiah (performance coach) introduced Schonali Rebello (a writer and fun loving female activist) to Tanvie Hans (footballer and coach). Schonali instantly grew curious, and requested Tanvie and Swetha to have a Football based fitness session for her and her friends. The two didn’t make anything serious of the conversation, but obliged and booked a small ground that weekend, with no expectations. To their surprise, seventeen enthusiastic women turned up for the ‘no expectations, one-off’ session and it turned out to be a huge success! So much so, the ladies requested to have a session every weekend! And that’s exactly what we did.
Slowly, through word of mouth, this group of women kept growing. TODAY we’re a proud and diverse community of close to TWO THOUSAND WOMEN (and counting!) by purely organic methods. We have women of all ages, from students to even a few GRANDMOTHERS!
During the 2020 covid pandemic, we were forced to get creative with the online space, and started providing an array of online classes on Zoom, and activities on social media, to keep the community engaged and active. This allowed us to reach more women across the country, a lot quicker than we had planned, and we now have members from many different cities and countries.
Over time, we began to diversify our offerings. Along with football, we now also offer physical sessions in Basketball (beginners/intermediate), box cricket, and do 2-3 events every month, such as Sweat Fests, Cycle Rides, Game Days and Socials. We also have an active virtual calendar, and are constantly exploring new formats (physical and virtual) and ways to provide the women with the best experiences. NOT TO FORGET, WE’RE EVEN EXPANDING TO OTHER CITIES IN EARLY 2022!
As such, the ‘sport and wellness’ element in our tagline allows us to inexhaustibly explore and provide our members with products, services and experiences that look after their well-being in a truly holistic way. That is, not just limited to physical fitness and physical sport-based sessions, but we also look at the mental, emotional, nutritional and physiological aspects of their well-being. For instance, we have nutrition and physiotherapy partners that provide our members with exclusive packages on their services, and multiple ‘Sister Brands’ under the fitness and wellness umbrella which provide our community members with discounts and giveaways. We also regularly conduct fun and engaging activities, sometimes associated with a Sister Brand, to keep the community motivated and positive.
What has become clear over this period is that this ever growing group of badass women, who would get together to play sport and/or workout, has become so much more than that. Just by virtue of being a ‘women’s’ sporting and health-driven community, it has become a space where the societal and social barriers are broken down and they can break away from their other daily responsibilities and find their ‘me-time,’ amongst hundreds of like-minded women. It is a community wherein the women sweat together, but also support one another, and fix each other’s crowns. It is a community of empowerment.
And with this feeling of empowerment as the core intention and root of everything that we do at Sisters In Sweat, we hope to reach as many women as we can in the country, someday internationally and inspire them to realise the power of a kick-ass ‘Sisterhood ’.
Swetha Subbiah is the founder and technical head of Sweat by Swetha, a fitness consulting company that provides end-to-end wellness solutions for corporates, commercial health clubs and individuals. She is also the co- founder of Sister in Sweat, a community for women by women stitched together by sport and wellness. Swetha has worked as a personal trainer and fitness coach for over a decade now and is one of 4 Nike certified instructors in the country. Sport has always played a crucial role in her life and she has participated in various sports (such as tennis, squash, badminton, etc.) at the school, college and club levels. She has also represented the state of Karnataka in the under 16 Hockey squad. Over the years Swetha, in her capacity as a fitness coach, has worked with various clients to get to fulfill their personal fitness goals. Her focus has always been to get clients to understand and respect their body so that they stay clear of short-term fixes and focus only on lasting lifestyle changes.Certifications:
Tanvie is one of the most well known female footballers in the country, as she is one among just a handful of Indian-origin players who has played for well known English Clubs, such as Tottenham Ladies (2013-15) and Fulham Ladies FC (2015-16). She started her journey playing with the boys in her school, in Delhi, which is where she spent most of her life and developed her passion and skill for the sport under the guidance of several coaches. She has played at the state and national level for many years. Having come through the system here in India, and having experienced the brilliant level in England, she is keen to help make a difference in her home country in any way she can on and off the field. Since her return in 2016, after her stint in the UK, she has been involved in many projects doing exactly that. She is currently Captaining the Karnataka State team and the Parikrma FC team in Bangalore.
Mithila is a professional footballer from Chennai with an avid interest in the field of sports and sports management. She has represented Tamilnadu state and is currently playing for Parikrma FC in the Karnataka Women's Super Division. She has been the Sports Captain in the student council for both school and college is also a certified football coach with an AIFF D Licence certification. Apart from sports, she is a passionate about travel and music. She has gone on several treks across the country and has also completed till Grade 3 in Keyboard from the Trinity School of Music. She is a Chemical Engineering Graduate and aspires to pursue her Masters in Sports Management in the near future.
Saachi has been a passionate footballer since she was 9, was captain of her school football team, and represented her house as sports captain in the student council. She loves to inspire young girls into the same love for the game, hoping to make a difference in the way India and the rest of the world view women in football. Apart from sports, she’s also completed RAD grade 6 ballet and spends her free time baking and experimenting with food. This hobby has lead her to become a food consultant & recipe developer at a couple of cafés in India. She is currently studying Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University, Melbourne.
Rhea is a passionate footballer with an extensive familial sports background and has been playing since 2009. Her football journey began with her training alongside the Roots FC boys team. Her achievements include, being Assistant Sports Secretary and Captain of the football team in her college. She has played in a number of locations all over India including Goa, Bellari, Dehra Dun, Telangana etc and has participated in the Dana Cup (Hjorring, Denmark) in 2018. Some of her other interests include, working with animals, music and travelling.