Representing his school Bangladesh International Tutorial in inter-school tournaments, Sharan realized at an early age, his desire to maintain his association to the sport regardless of his academic and professional endeavours.
This led him to join The Siena Heights University under an academic and athletic scholarship in Michigan, USA. In his time with the University, Sharan became the first athlete from Bangladesh to captain a varsity team. In addition to maintaining a consistent position in the University Dean’s List throughout his degree, his efforts with the varsity team also granted him accolades of Best Player of the Year twice and NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award three times. Upon graduating, Sharan moved to Toronto to pursue his post-graduate degree at York University. Sharan is currently working full-time and playing for Canadian League 1 side FC North Toronto Nitros at a semi-professional level.
“I truly believe everyone is capable of balancing between education and athletics – ultimately, it comes down to discipline, time-management and prioritizing. On a personal level, it has been a wonderful experience to play at a competitive level with athletes from all around the globe.
While playing for the Nitros, I have had the opportunity to compare and contrast between the standard of training sessions and academy curriculums over here and the ones in Bangladesh. I want to apply all that I’ve learnt over my journey thus far and bring about a positive re-shaping of football academies based in Bangladesh. My goals with NLSM include creating a platform through which young Bangladeshi athletes can experience international standard training programs, emphasize on often overlooked aspects of the sport such as dietary regimes, fitness and mental attributes of players, empower women’s football in the country and finally create a pathway which allows these athletes to translate their passion for the sport into playing at the highest possible level they can.”