By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State Government in collaboration with a private firm, Towas Events has concluded plans to hold the maiden edition of a football-dance competition aimed at discovering and building talents.
The talents will represent the state in international competitions and improve recreational activities for kids, adolescent and youths in Lagos.
The Chief Executive Officer of the private firm, Mrs. Teju Onasanya who spoke on the modalities of the competition, with the theme: “Rewarding Creativity in Dance,” at a press briefing held at the Teslim Balogun Sports Hall, explained that the football dance competition is a creative competitive activity geared towards promoting sport and music in children, adolescent and youths between age of five and 22 years.
She added that the competition, a unique and innovative talent hunt programme, is geared towards discovering over 1000 football talents with a view to assisting them educationally in their career.
Onasanya stressed that the competition will also help discourage youths from expending their energy on unproductive vices in the society.
According to her: “The concept of the competition which is the first of its kind in Lagos is the art of self-expression with football through dance. It is all about discovering and supporting new talents to achieve their dreams and further their education or build a career through the activity of sport and music.
“This football-dance competition is geared towards encouraging participants well-being through the benefits of exercising and to help boost self-esteem and self-confidence among youths”
“We are using this programme to give back to the society and we intend to empower kids and youths through entertainment activities and use this avenue as a means for social interaction and creating the opportunity of sponsorship by football academy or in the music industry, ”Onasanya added.
While noting the competition is not meant for professional footballers and dancers, Onasanya, urged parents and guardians of interested kids, adolescent and youths to register to join the competition at various designated registration centres stationed at the Agege Stadium; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere and Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island or visit the registration website -http://www.creativedancewithfootball.org/
She explained that auditions for the competition will hold between 29th and 31st August 2018 at the Car park of the Teslim Balogun stadium while the finals will be held at the Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium on the 1st of September, 2018.
“This competition will be highly rewarded with lot of prices for both individual and group performances. The eligible age brackets of participants which will be in four categories are: 5-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19-22 years”, Onasanya said.
The Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh, reiterated the commitment of the State government in enhancing the continuous formulation of policies geared towards the provision of leverages that will enhance and guarantee the development of sports in the State.
He added that the competition is in line with the present administration’s “THESE’’ project for the development of tourism in the State, stressing that the development sports in Lagos will go a long way in positively impacting on tourism which can also impact on the internally generated revenue of the State.
While noting that the State government will always remain committed in promoting sports in the State, Kweku, implored young talents to use the opportunity to display their individual dexterity and impressive performance in football with a skillful display of dance moves.
He added that the competition is just a tip of the ice berg as the government would not relent in its efforts in investing in youths in the State.
Kweku thetefore, encouraged youths to look at ways in which they can continue to improve on their skills with competitionsof such.