The game of volleyball in Lagos State is expected to receive a big boost as a Non Governmental Organisation is coordinating a programme targeted at reviving the sport in the state.
The NGO, Youth Volleyball Mission of the Samaritan’s Feet International, with support from the Heart of America Region Volleyball Association and Club North Volleyball, a Junior Volleyball Development League, is expected to take off by September next year in Lagos.
In preparation for the league, training of youth players has since begun at two centres in the state. Kids within ages 8 to 14 years are currently being exposed to the rudiments of volleyball in Ikorodu and Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
According to the Coordinator of the programme, former national team chief coach, Suraj Olajide Onatuga a.k.a Mansu, the programme is spearheaded by one of his former players, an advocate for youth volleyball, who is currently the Master Trainer/Coach for Club North Volleyball, Kansas City.
“We had been having series of training for the Lagos youth since last year and this year, in the last three weeks, training is being held in preparation for the Junior Volleyball Development League which begins next year. The motive behind this programme is to give the kids a close exposure to volleyball at their tender age,” he said.
Onatuga said the plan is to train the players to the level of competition ahead of the league which will feature players in U-11, U-13 and U-15. Each of these categories will have between four to eight school teams in the boys and girls events.
“We are planning to start the league after the US regular volleyball league has ended in April so that some of the equipment used by some of the clubs will be taken down to Nigeria for our use. The plan is to bring from US …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper