A female coach from the English Premier League (EPL) side, West Bromwich Albion will be part of this year’s Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp.
According to David Shepherd of UK-based Euroworld Sports Limited, the EPL side has agreed to send two coaches including one from their ladies team. The female coach is currently taking her UEFA B License examination.
“I am very pleased to confirm that West Bromwich Albion has agreed to commit two coaches to support the Kanu Soccer Camp 2016. This year, they are sending a coach from their ladies team who is currently taking her UEFA B license examination.
She has been a coach at West Bromwich Albion for three years, and is currently coaching their ladies academy team,” he said.
Shepherd added: “I think the inclusion of a female coach will help promote the interest of women’s football in Nigeria, and could potentially boost the interest for more girls to take part in the Greensprings/Kanu Camp. It has been noted that in previous camps you encouraged female coaches to be part of the programme, so an additional one attending from the UK will further support this development.”
This year’s Greensprings/Kanu Football Camp promises to be exciting as Dutch and British coaches are expected to handle proceedings at the one-week clinic holding in Lagos next month.
The camp which has continued to received commendation from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as well as football buffs holds between April 3 and 9 at the Lekki campus of Greensprings School.
To ensure that the foreign coaches impacted on local coaches, a two-day coaching clinic will be organised for grassroots coaches in Lagos State to acquaint them with the new techniques of handling young people.
According to the consultant on sports to Greensprings School, Oluseyi Oyebode, youth development coaches from the Netherlands Football Association as well as English FA-certified coaches from West Bromwich Albion have been confirmed for this year’s event while Super Eagles former captain, Nwankwo Kanu, will also be part of the clinic again this year.
“In our usual manner, we would not allow the foreign coaches to come and go, but we want them to tutor our local coaches so they can also replicate this knowledge in their various locations across the country.
“This is what prompted the two-day coaching course to be staged before the commencement of the camp. Some of the coaches will also put to action what they have learnt during the training when the proper camping of the students commence on April 3. The stage is set as all arrangements are in top gear to stage another befitting clinic that will continue to add to the quality of Nigerian football as grassroots level,” Oyebode said.