The Lagos State government through the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye, today unveiled plans by the state government to discover more talent amongst the youth of the state.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Lagos Under 15 Secondary School Tennis Championship, Adeboye said: “We intend to organize several competitions across ten different sports designed towards discovering new talented sports men and women for the State in particular and the country in general.
“Our plan is to create an avenue for all the young sports people in Lagos to display what they are capable of sport wise, today we start with tennis and by the end of the year we would have touched on at least 10 sports. We Thank Winners Golden Bet for their support which has gone a long way towards actualising this event and we would like to seize this opportunity to call on corporate Nigeria and well-meaning individuals to come and partner with us as we continue to use sports as a tool for youth development, job creation and social re-engineering, ” Adeboye stated.
The Under 15 tennis boys’ tournament is organized in with technical support provided by the Lagos State Lawn Tennis association and the Lagos State Sports Commission and also supported by The Lagos State School Sports Federation.
Close to 200 students from public and private schools have registered to participate in the tournament, which served-off today, while the finals will be played at the centre court of the National Stadium Tennis Centre, Surulere, Lagos at 3pm on Saturday. The organisers have promised make it an annual event with the girls joining from the next edition.
The winners would be given trophies and training materials and they will also be drafted into the Lagos Under 16 tennis team under the auspices of the Lagos State Sports Commission