August 28, 2018

Lagos handball promotes sport, education

Lagos handball promotes sport, education

The Lagos State Handball Association (LSHA), on Tuesday says its ongoing summer clinic and coaching classes was part of efforts to promote the state’s advocate for sports and education among the youths.

Adeola Opeifa, LSHA immediate past Chairman said in Lagos that 64 players are participating in the programme holding at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.

Opeifa said that the players were talents discovered at 2018 U-12/U-15 national handball championships and Lagos State Secondary Schools Handball Championships, tagged ‘OPEIFA CUP’ were being supervised by eight seasoned coaches.

“We are using this two in one programme to pilot the state promotion of sports and education because it involves handball coaching and academics of Mathematics and English classes for the players.

“A Mathematics and English teacher reports here to take the players, it’s the first event for the day, after which they observe a break and commence on the training proper.

“We have had two major championships in Lagos this year where the 64 players were identified and this programme is a part of event to nurture them,’’ she said.

She said that the players and officials were being kited and given daily meal ticket as the programmes holding from Aug. 27 to Aug. 30 observed two sessions daily.

Also, Chukwuemeka Duru, the immediate past technical director LSHA said the there was need to take advantage of the summer holidays to bring the newly discovered players together.

Duru said, new players were taken through comprehensive basics, while the existing young ones subjected to master their wings and how to play as a team for successful outings.

“We are mindful of the foundation of young talents and this has prompted this follow-up programmes because it will help them to be technically sound in their career,’’ he said.

He added that 16 boys and 16 girls would be selected to form the state teams’ towards the forthcoming National Youth Games (NYG) holding in Ilorin from Sept. 7 to Sept 17.

According to him, the clinic was also part of programme and build up to sharpen players and get formidable team that would represent Lagos State in the NYG.

The LSHA five-day programme was organised in conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC). (NAN)