Nigeria: Grassroots sports, reason for National Schools Sports Festival in Rivers
Grassroots sports, reason for NSSF in Rivers as Schools Sports hold October 10 13 Sept. – Sports Commissioner, Hon. Fred Igwe has said grassroots sports development policy of Rivers State will begin from the family to communities, State and national level.
The Commissioner said, grass root sport development is one of the reasons why Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi decided to host the fifth National Schools Sport Festival (NNSF) “Rivers 2012” which will enable the nation identify young talents, groom them to represent the country in the future.
Taking officials of the school sports Festival round facilities in the State, Hon. Igwe said, the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium would be contracted out to credible facility managers to maintain the structure.
The President of the Nigeria School Sport Federation, Malam Ibrahim Mohammad, remarked that the federation made the best decision by approaching Rivers State to host the festival.
According to him, the school sport is not just to play and win medals, but serve as a medium to expose the Nigerian child to the vast culture, tradition and facilities around the country through sports and education.
The festival expected to have between 8,000 and 10,000 pupils and officials is scheduled to hold from Oct. 11 to 21, 2012.
The team visited the facilities at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Liberation Stadium, Civic Centre, and the Port Harcourt Gulf course.
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