A kiddies soccer project initiated by Ekanem Ekpenyong to discover upcoming football talents has ended in Calabar. It was the maiden edition and was called the Calabar Soccer clinic.
According to the organisers, deliberate efforts will be channelled into ensuring that the football skills learnt in the past 14 days are put to better use as the event would now hold every year.
Ekanem Ekpenyong, initiator of the project said at the closing ceremony of the two-week programme, organised for kids, 6 – 12 years old, at the U.J. Esuene Stadium, insisted that the only way the state can reap footballing dividends from this programme was to make it a reoccurring event, according to an online news agency, calitown.
“If we continue, we will better inculcate a football philosophy in these kids and grow our pool of skilled footballers. Someday, we will point at a player or two and say we gave them their first feel of football”, he maintained.
He was also of the opinion that the past two weeks have been quite exciting for the kids, especially as part of their holiday period has been put to good use. ” It is better to occupy them with something as physical and tasking like football, so that their minds do not idle away”. Most parents at the event, spoken to, corroborated Ekpenyong's submission. Participating kids and their parents received gifts from the organisers of the programme.
Patrick Ugbe, MD, Hit FM, Calabar, who was guest of honour at the occasion, took the kickoff before the children's exhibition.
While the state government was commended for providing logistic support, other sponsors were also appreciated and commended for throwing their weight behind this event.