news Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 05:30
    For the last two weeks, sports enthusiasts of all ages in Hyderabad have been paying a visit to the 'White House' at Begumpet in Hyderabad. On the rooftop of the ten-storey building are two plush green, scenic football pitches. Welcome to HotFut a first-of-its-kind terrace sports venue in the city.   With every inch of urban living space being transformed into commercial real estate, open spaces for sporting are fast vanishing. That's how the idea of HotFut came around. It's a beautiful sight to see a bunch of youngsters play their heart's fill as the sun sets in the background.   "We are still technically only half open. We opened our pitches to the public on June 1, but we still have a little work to be done," Danesh Mistry, the man who manages the venue with his brother Youhan Mistry and Ranjan Matthew.         HotFut was started in Pune by Nikhil Dubois and Pavit Singh, both Danesh's friends. "They started on the ground and when they realized that there was not much space around, they decided to work their way up," Danesh explains.   The company then pioneered the 5-a-side turf football concept in Pune, where they currently operate four pitches.    “We have been footballers all our lives and we know that terrace and cage football arenas were used extensively in countries like Japan, Germany and Singapore. When Nikhil and Pavit reached out about expanding to Hyderabad, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It took us five months to build the two pitches and the infrastructure”, Danesh explains.   The pitches are ideal for a 10-player game with 5 players on each team. The arena is open to enthusiasts of all ages.         "We are quite happy with the response. A lot of people come in to play and we are soon planning to open a Nike store so people can buy proper shoes and play the game with the right gear," says Danesh.   The place opens at 6 am in the morning and is open till midnight, to ensure that people can come in even after a day's work.         "Our expansion plan also includes opening up a place where people can grab a bite while watching a game. We are also planning to open coaching classes for children," he adds.    Plans are also on to making the sports arena available for a variety of other sporting activities, including gully Cricket, Kabbadi, Kho-Kho, Volleyball and Yoga.   "At the end of the day, we just want to increase sports engagement in the Twin cities (Hyderabad and Secunderabad), so more people can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy themselves here," Danesh adds.     HotFut also has the HotFut Foundation that increases the accessibility of sporting arenas and sports training to underprivileged children, and focuses on using sports for helping children whose environments do not offer them these opportunities.   (All Images: Facebook/HotFut Hyderabad)   Read - From rags to riches: Story of the man behind Hyderabad's famous 'Ram ki Bandi'  
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