Former Super Eagles skipper, Nwankwo Kanu
The Lagos State Government has affirmed its support to the first annual Greenspring/Kanu Football Camp scheduled for July.
The state Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Waheed Enitan-Oshodi gave this affirmation Tuesday morning during an official visit to the Lekki Campus of Greensprings School that the government will not relent in its support for grassroots sports development.
"We are impressed with Greensprings School for taking the initiative to support and promote school sports and this is what the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration will continue to back in its entirety and we hope that the Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp will be another avenue to discover the athletes in schools,” Oshodi said.
The commissioner, who was impressed with the facilities at the Lekki Campus of the school, lauded the management of the school for its efforts to revive sports in schools, while assuring them of the state's support.
He, however, disclosed that the state will sponsor some students from public schools to be part of the camp, while teachers will also be supported to be part of the train the trainers’ programme during the one-week camp in July.
“I am indeed impressed with the facilities that the school have because the facilities in place will make the work easier for the school. We believe that sports is the best setting to start sports and I am happy that schools like Greensprings is taking the lead in this and we hope that others will take a cue from this.
"The camp will give the children the opportunities to start sports early. As long as we believe that sports must be encouraged in schools, we also want to say that education and sports must go together because it is not everybody that will take to sports professionally. So for us to ensure that these students become useful we must encourage them to take education seriously,” he said.
The Director, Greensprings School, Mrs. Lai Koiki said the school decided to stage the camp in order to contribute to the resuscitation of school sports in the country.
“I want to commend the Lagos State Government especially Governor Babatunde Fashola for his efforts to develop sports in the state. He has shown himself as a good role model for the youths with his efforts to better the lives of the youths. At Greensprings, we are a child-centred institution and we believe developing our children in totality should be part of our responsibilities. We are also using the medium to seek the support of the state government to sponsor some students from public school to be part of the camp. For us, we will give opportunities to 20 students from public schools to be part of the camp on our own bill and we believe the government will also support more to be part of the programme in July,” Koiki said.
The camp is the brainchild of Greensprings School, Lagos in collaboration with former captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu with support from the West Africa School Sports Union (WASSU).
Over 350 students from private and public schools are expected to be part of the camp with top coaches from England handling proceedings at the one-week clinic holding between July 1 and 7 in Lekki.