‘Volleyball clinic to discover talents from grassroots’
By Femi Atolagbe
The National Volleyball coach, Mr. Adeniyi Adekalu has said that the aim of organising the second edition of Professor Omolade Adejuyigbe Volleyball Clinic was to go deep into the grassroots to discover and nurture potential talented youths to stardom.
He stated this during the day one of the clinic at the State Sports Complex in Akure.
He added that they pushed further to make sure that the second one takes place in order to sustain the gain of the first edition.
Adekalu, who is also the state Volleyball coach stressed further that about 20 teams from different schools are participating in the clinic .
According to him, “we want to identify players that can be good for the under 15 tournament that will take place later in the year in Ilorin, Kwara state.
As many of them that were able to make it , we are going to see how we can bring them into the national cadet team so that they will be able to continue to fly from there”
During an interview, the sports director of Command Secondary School, Akure, Major Paulicap Ofor appreciated the organiser of the event urging schools authority to see sporting activities as part of human development.
He added that the organiser had created an avenue for schools to compete in Volleyball among themselves.
He reiterated that school authorities should include sports in their curriculum activities.
Ofor therefore advised government to invest in infrastructure and rehabilitate dilapidated sports structure to encourage talents in sports.
A national volleyball player and instructor at the championship, Oluwaseun Akinbo said the kids needed constant exposure and training to achieve their aim of getting to the stardom.
He also appealed for the involvement of corporate bodies in sports, noting that government alone cannot sponsor sports in Nigeria.
Speaking with some of the secondary schools students who participated in the championship, Adebisi Femi from Olofin Grammar School, Idanre and Okedusi Adetutu from Saint Louis Grammar School, Akure expressed joy for taking part in the championship and appealed for regular sporting event.