BY JACOB AJOM
The board of directors and management of Greensprings Schools Lagos have been commended by the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi for the school’s consistency and steadfastness in its sports development drive.
Speaking at the 2nd Annual Greensprings Sports Forum, Mallam Abdullahi who was represented by the chairman of the Nigerian Academicals Sports Committee, Adeyemi Idowu said with schools like the Greensprings, the present administration’s drive for the revival of grassroots sports could be easily be achieved.
The minister said schools sports was the springboard for sports development as the new drive was aimed at mass participation in sports by the teeming youths. Idowu, who also made a presentation as chairman of the NASCOM said, “if you must succeed, you got to have a plan.”
Federations must expand their talent pool and there must be follow up to talent discovery.”
The minister reiterated his belief in schools sport when he declared, “the current structure believes a national U-17 player should come from the schools. That is why we are watching with interest efforts like what Greensprings schools are doing.”
The NASCOM boss also announced that schools that have access to federal sports facilities will be allowed to use them free of charge. “NASCOM is not going to organise any competition. Ours is to provide the desired framework and structure needed by the relevant agencies to queue in for talent development and nurturing.”
The Greensprings Sports Forum featured various speakers among them were Mumini Alao of Complete Communications who spoke on the role of the media in the development of schools sports, Aisha Falode of AIT whose presentation on promoting female participation in schools sports through the media drew a lot of applause, Tunde Bank-Anthony who represented Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola and Abimbola Kazeem of Marketing Connect.