Anambra moves to revive school sports

Anambra moves to revive school sports

By Chimezie Anaso

Anambra government has identified the revival of school sports as the panacea for the declining fortune of sports in the state.

This was the crux of discussion at the meeting between officials of the Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC), representatives of the Anambra Ministry of Education and private school proprietors in Awka on Thursday.

Patrick-Estate Onyedum, Chairman of ASDC, who presided over the meeting, said his major objective was to revamp the school sports culture and raise a generation of future champions in the state.

Onyedum said the move was in line with the policy of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s determination to empower the Anambra child through sports.

He said that as a product of grassroots sports, he would ensure that school sports were revived for every child in school to get the opportunity to also develop their talents.

He called on sports officers in the local government areas and schools to take sports seriously and focus on talent discovery in the communities, primary and secondary schools.

In her contribution, Antonia Nwaneri, one of the representatives of the ministry of education said Anambra was doing well in sports until when the ministry was schemed out by the newly formed ASDC in 2018.

Also speaking, Victor Nwobi in charge of sports in private schools said making private schools part of the programme was a good move.

He said there were lots of talents in private schools but the managers of sports in the state had not given them the opportunity to express themselves like their public schools’ counterparts.

He promised optimal cooperation of the private sector.


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