His vision for Kashmir is to have state of the art football academies and turf-clubs which would give a great platform to nurture young talent.
A perfect mix of sports & technology professional, Sameer Qayoom is an all rounder.
He is one of the youngest program managers in Microsoft & recently received the One Microsoft Award for demonstrating cross-team collaboration, diversity and inclusion at work.
“I did my schooling from Burn Hall and Biscoe, and was class 12th state board topper (Non-med), receiving chief minister’s gold medal. I always had a keen interest in football and played 3 state nationals for J&K.” Sameer has also received govt of India scholarship for excellence in sports.
In 2013 he founded his own Football startup in Kashmir – The Kashmir Football Festival, which was unique for having matches under lights for the first time in the state’s history. Seven orphanages were given free kits and food to take part in the event. With about 200 teams and 1800 players, this was the largest football event ever held in J&K, held in collaboration with J&K Football Association and The Football Link. In 2014, he then conducted the first ever Indoor Futsal event – played on synthetic flooring at the Indoor Stadium.
He has been the part of venture LoneStar Kashmir FC, the first team from J&K to participate in India’s national I-League, as their Media and Strategy manager. He is also Public Relations Officer at J&K Football Association, working closely with their management on their grassroots and development programs.
These days he is working on an idea and trying to leverage LinkedIn’s acquisition by Microsoft to build the world’s first and largest sports professional network, a platform where players and clubs connect to scout talent, as well as integrate Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to build predictive models which would indicate the futuristic potential a player can offer based on his current skill set.