Sports authorities in the country have been called upon to have more grassroots sports programmes, especially football, so as to get young Nigerians engaged early enough.
Mr Amadi Gibes Nnadozie, Director, Lead soccer for kids Academy made this observation to TNN Sports during the closing ceremony of this year's lead soccer training for kids of ages between 5 and17, in Port Harcourt.
According to him, “in the olden days, there used to be a lot of age grade football tournaments that kept the youths more occupied in terms of sports. In our time, we really enjoy these competitions and it enables us to also interact socially''
''The next edition in 2018 would be more encompassing, than this year. The boys that have just finished this summer football training will be monitored by my academy and they will also be automatically adopted into the Shell Football Academy, for further development of their skills.''
Nnadozie said for those who would not be able to go to the Shell football club for training, the Academy would be going to their various schools to reach out for them in terms of training, so that they would not forget what they had learnt during the summer football training.
Also speaking at the graduating ceremony, Mr Ezinna Ogbuokiri, a parent who brought three of his children to the academy said “I love football and I want my children to be good world class players in future. It is not to develop them only in academics but also in sports. This will make them to have a sound mind and be physically strong in all ramifications, ''
“I thank the lead-soccer for kids programme for creating an avenue for my kids to be trained in football artistry; I know one day, they will grow into being great star players in the game. I will continue to support the academy whenever the next edition comes up''
Mr Martins Amos whose son won the best disciplined player award during the training periods said “I am very happy to be associated with lead soccer for kids, 2017 edition. I brought my son here for training and during their final training match, I saw great skills which he displayed. I am impressed. We will be here for the 2018 edition.'’
Ex-super Eagle coach, Pa Monday Sinclair, who was father of the day, called on individuals and companies to support lead-soccer for kids Academy as part of their social responsibility so that the academy could train more youths for the country.