Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Wahid Oshodi
It was a gathering of who’s who in the sporting world, from ex-Nigerian internationals to Olympians at the 2nd annual Greenspring Sports Forum, which took place at Greenspring School, Lekki, Lagos.
The Forum featured various speakers among whom were the Group Managing Director, Complete Communications Limited, Mumuni Alao, who spoke on the role of media in school sports development. He charged the media to assist in the area of talent discovery and attracting sponsorship for school sports.
Abimbola Kazeem of Marketing Connect dwelt on how to market schools sports. But it was AIT’s Aisha Falode’s presentation on promoting female participation in schools sports through the media that attracted the most applause.
Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi, represented by the Chairman of Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee, Yemi Idowu, affirmed the readiness of the sports ministry to work with stakeholders at developing sports at the grassroots in the country.
Abdullahi commended the board of directors and management of Greensprings Schools Lagos, for its consistency in its sports development drive, stressing that with schools like the Greensprings, the present administration’s drive for the revival of grassroots sports could easily be achieved.
The minister said schools sports was the springboard for sports development as the new drive was aimed at mass participation in sports by the teeming youths. He reiterated his belief in schools sport, adding, “the current structure believes a national U-17 player should come from the schools. That is why we are watching with interest efforts like what Greensprings schools are doing.”
The minister stated that Greensprings initiative aimed at highlighting the role of sports development in the growth of young athletes is in line with federal government’s vision for grassroots sports development.