L-R: Dr Patrick Ekeji, Director General, National Sports Commission; Hon. Ngozi Ekeji, Majority Leader, Imo State House of Assembly; Hon. Anthony Atudume, Chairman of Aboh Mbaise Local Government; Ex-International, Victor Ikpeba and Mr. Felix Awogu, General Manager, SuperSport Nigeria, during the activation of SuperSport Let s Play initiative held at the National Sports Commission Centre, Aboh Mbise, Nguru, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria on Tuesday, April, 24, 2012.
WorldStage Newsonline-- SuperSport, a leading sport content provider in Africa and the National Sports Commission (NSC) on Tuesday hosted the Let’s Play football coaching skills clinic at the National Sport Commission Sports Centre in Aboh Mbise, Nguru.
Attended by over 500 children from the local community, the clinic was organized as part of activities to encourage play among youths and stimulate both their physical and mental development.
As part of efforts to leave a lasting impression on the young participants, each learner at the clinic received a Let’s Play T-shirt and Let’s Play football, and a rare opportunity to meet one of the game’s icons, Victor Ikpeba, former Super Eagles player and ex international.
Commenting on the initiative by SuperSport, Chief Dr. Patrick Ekeji, Director General of the National Sports Commission said, “The National Sports Commission endorses the SuperSport Let’s Play initiative and looks forward to a great and enduring partnership. Through this endorsement, the National Sports Commission is confident that the Let’s Play initiative will encourage play, activity and sport in schools and communities as well as contributing to the promotion of a positive path to the well-being for all youth.”
Manager, CSI and Enterprises for SuperSport, Mr. Vaughn Bishop said, “I’m delighted by the surge in interest in Let’s Play by all Nigerians; the buy-in and support of the different associations has been tremendous and I’m greatly encouraged.”
While appreciating the support of the National Sports Commission, Felix Awogu, General Manager of SuperSport Nigeria said, “If Let’s Play can help more kids get off the streets and be active, we will have done our job. I am grateful for the way Nigerians have embraced Let’s Play.”
Eight months after being launched in Nigeria, SuperSport’s Lets Play initiative continued to make great strides.
Having received an initial endorsement from the National Sports Commission, Let’s Play (which encourages play, activity and sport in schools and communities as well as contributing to the promotion of a positive path to the wellbeing for all youth) has since concluded additional partnerships.
These include collaborations with the Lagos State Football Association, Lagos State Rugby Association, National Rugby Football Federation and UNICEF Nigeria.