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It all began unwittingly in 2017, in Bangalore, India. What was assumed would be a one-off session for a handful of friends, turned out to be a 17 women strong, super-successful event! So much so, that the women requested the founders to do it every week, and thus began the “Sisterhood”
‘Sisters In Sweat’ is a community exclusively for women, by women, stitched together by sport and wellness. Now with multiple sport formats including football, basketball, touch rugby, etc., we provide accessibility to sport for a community of over 3000 women (and growing!) in all walks of life.
The aim of our organization is to plug the gaping hole of women dropping out of sport, especially after school/college due to a myriad of reasons. The landscape of organized recreational sport in India is virtually non-existent and our presence in this space is to ensure that women have a platform to participate in and enjoy playing a sport with a community of like-minded individuals.
While sport in most instances excludes the vast majority that aren’t naturally gifted with athletic prowess or the means to support their passion, Sisters in Sweat has sought to be inclusive of all regardless of athletic ability, age, socio-economic status, etc. Our mission is to ‘level the playing field.’
The impact that the access to sport and a growing women’s community is having in their personal and professional lives is astounding. Sisters in Sweat has begun to disrupt the status quo and cause a paradigm shift in the way women are viewed in Indian society.
In most house-holds where the mother drives her child to football or cricket training, here the child is waking up on a Sunday morning to see their mother lace-up her boots to go rough it out on a football field. The world this child is witnessing is vastly different than the one she grew up in, and that alone is empowering beyond anything we had imagined we’d be in a position to do.
Testament to the authenticity of the community, during the pandemic (when we pivoted our offerings to online virtual fitness and wellness sessions), the community whatsapp groups naturally became a platform for support. If ever any of the members needed help, several women volunteered resources. This could be seen daily!
Today we offer various sport and wellness formats and have begun embarking on our pan India expansion plans. As part of our community offering, we are also trying to create an eco-system for women in sport where they have the opportunity of finding gainful employment as coaches or in managerial roles.
From a fun idea one evening, to a community of over 3,000 women today, our ambition now is to reach as many parts of the country and world as we can, and thus as many women. Seeing and hearing first-hand the difference we’re making in their lives, it feels more like a privilege to get to spearhead this much-needed movement, we also call a ‘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.
Niddhi is a sports management professional who has worked in the sport industry in the last few years. An avid sportsperson since her childhood, she's played basketball & handball through school & college. She had the opportunity to represent Maharashtra state in both sports as well as India in Handball. With a Masters in Sports Management from Deakin University, she has worked across various roles in Australia including the Australian Open & the Australian Grand Prix.
Niddhi is passionate about women's sport and sport development. She believes that sport has the power to connect people and everyone should have that chance to experience it. Working in sport is her way of giving back what sport gave her. Apart from sports, Niddhi is a Capoeira instructor, a popcorn lover & randomly breaks into song and dance when she gets the chance!
Lipika is an architect and design enthusiast with a passion for sports. She began playing football at the age of 9 and has since added basketball and hockey to the list, and has actively played these sports throughout her school and college years. Her creativity shines through her artistic pursuits, she is a self taught guitarist and plays the ukulele as well.
When free you will find her on discord designing or playing valorant.