With less than a year after its establishment, FCBESCOLA Lagos set up by Blaugrana Group International, as one of its platforms to leverage on in the drive for talent hunt, it is already making tremendous impact on the global football clime.
After a successful trip to Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain in April, where it defeated Dubai, the FCBESCOLA Lagos team of 31 students and four coaches led by the School Technical Director Bernat Villa, is already in San Sebastian, Spain, to represent Nigeria in this yearâ€™s DONOSTI International Cup. The tournament is said to attract many teams especially from Spanish speaking countries.
In a chat with the media, Villa revealed that FCBESCOLA Lagos, had two teams of Cadete (14 â€“ 15 years old) and Juvenile (16 â€“ 18 years old) participating in the competition, which was meant to test the skills, mental preparedness and technical acumen of the students who to his appraisal, had improved tremendously, technically and could compete favourably with any team their age globally.
â€œIndividually and as a team, our students are technically well honed and skillful to take part in any world competition with the conviction that our performance would give us victory. Our students are well disciplined, coordinated, focused, with a mission to conquer,â€ he stated.
Furthermore, he explained that the exposure was to give courage, spur them to aspire to become great legends, a new life time experience that would for long, motivate them to be better and attract those who did not believe that in a short while, the FCBESCOLA Lagos, would come this far.
â€œThe technical teams believe in the vision of the academy and bought into their intent to add sustainable value to the Nigerian society. Our students are an amazing bunch of talents, from the youngest to the Juveniles, they are a future we would be proud in. Our passion is committing to be pillars of these stories of greatness. The academy will do what she can to make our brought-ups a sought after,” he said.
According to Mrs. Ajoke Jonah,Â parent of one of the students, “over the years we have been involved in various football clinics and academies. FCBESCOLA Lagos, first in sub-Saharan Africa is indeed the first and will remain the first and the best, for their owners are people of integrity and honour who want the best for our young persons and the happiness of their families.
“Initially, I was skeptical due to my experience over the years with all the various platforms. The school took over 36 students and four coaches to Spain in April and now 31 students and four coaches to San Sebastian, Spain. She is less than a year old. She should be highly commended, for she has done very well. The difference is unfamiliar,” she vouched.
In his remarks, Mr. Austin Eruotor, President WhiteHouse Group, who toured the Academy recently, challenged good spirited and well-to-do individuals and corporate bodies to take a cue from the promoters of the academy, support the initiative, the academyâ€™s Elite 96 full scholarship scheme and other novel ideas and platforms that would help in talent discovery, and expose them to life time opportunities that would Â lubricate their will of progress.
“The Academyâ€™s approach to help these young people live their dreams in this short time is extremely remarkable and worthy of emulation. Other individuals and corporate organisations should borrow a leaf from what the promoters of FCBESCOLA Lagos, are doing. In this area for the first time, this is the best thing that has ever happened to us,” he said.
The management of the Academy revealed that the FCBESCOLA Lagos Elite 96 scholarship scheme which already has 50 successful candidates is open to candidates between the ages of 5 and 17 who are highly talented and skillful.
However, the trials for admission into the Academy are ongoing. Interested candidates are requested to visit the school at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.