Three Coaches from Mumbai – Prasad Bhosale, Siddhesh Srivastav, and Samrat Rana who have been coaching kids for some time now have been forced to alternative ways to make a living. Bhosale has been selling vegetables, Srivastav is making kebabs from his home who Rana is now working as a delivery man for a restaurant. The Lockdown has ensured that all football academies across the country have closed down at this point of time. This has rendered a number of coaches and staff unemployed.
“When I sold vegetables, I did feel awkward for the first few days. I am a Masters in Physical Education, a double graduate, and selling vegetables now. But when your stomach is empty and there are more hungry people at home, you stop thinking all that. I carry grain bags and vegetables on my shoulders, fill my cart, and sell on the streets,” Bhosale said. He resorted to selling vegetables in Kandivali after he was told by the school that extra curriculum teachers were no longer required.
Srivastav was also coaching kids at 2 schools worked for a company in Bangalore that provided Football coaches to schools. He was then told by the company that they couldn’t afford his salary during the lockdown. We were not paid for the last few months,” Srivastav said. “We wrote to the company a few times and they replied last month that they can’t pay us salaries and have terminated our contracts. My father is retired and I have to take care of my family, so we decided to sell kebabs.”
Rana was the head of a Football Academy that had nine centres in Mumbai itself. He along with his brother would also coach Junior I-league teams and both have been rendered jobless due to the pandemic. “Now I have become a delivery boy, I tried popular companies like Zomato and Swiggy but there was no vacancy. So, I became a delivery boy for a nearby restaurant. I had small savings and was forced to sell my mother’s gold. My brother also lost his job. We had nine centres and I was the overall head. I have three brothers (one plays football) and they are all into sports. Now, we have to support our families through other means.”