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FCV Football Academy to debut, gets NFF, NOC’s approval

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Tunde Popoola

The idea of creating gladiator soccer camps in the country by FCV Football Academy has received the backing of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), especially with the idea of combining football with education.

The initiative, a United Kingdom’s private football academy, was designed to offer international standard football training to school children and their coaches, while creating opportunities for talented footballers to combine football with academics abroad with camps slated to open on April 6-12 in Lagos and April 13-19 in Abuja next year.

While describing the academy as the right podium for talented young players to combine sports with education, the Nigeria Olympic Committee, (NOC) Secretary General, Tunde Popoola, commended the UK-based academy for its decision in the country, adding that this would help the youth fulfill their potentials in sports and education.

“We are happy that the FCV Football Academy has considered Nigeria as its base in Africa, and we believe this will surely help our athletes to combine sports with education, which has been lacking in the past.

“As a product of school sports, I am confident the platform will help us to produce educated sports stars. We at NOC will be willing to support this kind of initiative, as it is in tandem with the IOC’s ideals of marrying sports and education,” the NOC scribe said.

The First Vice President of NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, lauded the programme, as he harped on the need for youths to take education seriously, which they will fall back on later in life as they engage in the round leather game.

“I must commend FCV for bringing the unique product to Nigeria where football and education can be combined. This for us is a good development for school football and we hope our youths will avail themselves the opportunity to key into this and get better mentoring to better their lives.”

“We will support this kind of idea and we hope it has come to stay in Nigeria,” he said.

According to the Academy Director, Martin Harris, the academy is providing football courses alongside academic studies for aspiring footballers, open to both boys and girls that fall between ages six and 18.


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