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Promasidor splashes N14m on schools rugby

By Jacob Ajom
IN a bid to popularise rugby and turn it into a national sport, the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation  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 of   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.

“What we want is sustainability,” Akintola said, adding that trained and accredited coaches would be sent to the schools to handle the kids.

“We 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.”

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, General manager, marketing, Kachi Onubogu said Promasidor’s partnership with NRFF was not going to be a one-off thing. “We 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 NRFF’s dream of engaging private sector in its developmental effort.


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