By Jacob Ajom
IN a bid to popularise rugby and turn it into a national sport, the Nigeria Rugby Football FederationÂ plan to introduce sport to school pupils of ages seven and eight. The pilot scheme begins in ten schools in Lagos next month.
To actualise this, the NRFF got a N14 million sponsorship boost from Promasidor, makers ofÂ Â Cowbell milk.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, first vice president of the federation, Akin Akintola said it was their dream to introduce the game to kids so that they could imbibe its tenets and rudiments of the sport before their adult age.
â€œWhat we want is sustainability,â€ Akintola said, adding that trained and accredited coaches would be sent to the schools to handle the kids.
â€œWe are starting with training them first, before competitions or league. The kids have to be introduced to the basics and this will take up to three to four weeks.â€
Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, General manager, marketing, Kachi Onubogu said Promasidorâ€™s partnership with NRFF was not going to be a one-off thing. â€œWe will be here for a long time. We are into rugby because we want to give hope to the young ones and give meaning to NRFFâ€™s dream of engaging private sector in its developmental effort.