The Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF) on Friday commenced its grassroots development programme at the Squash Court of the Kwara Stadium Complex, Ilorin, with the aim of building new generation of players in the sport.
The NSF President, Boye Oyerinde, who paid a courtesy call on the Kwara Director of Sports, Malam Tunde Kazeem in his office ahead of the opening session of the programme said that the ‘Catch them Young’ initiative was primarily designed for students.
The programme, he said, would involve technical officials from all the states of the federation and Abuja, adding that the exercise in Ilorin, which involves officials from 19 states, will be the first batch.
He said that Kwara was considered to host the exercise, being the home of squash.
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He commended the director of sports and the State Squash Association for their roles in developing the sport.
While assuring of the federation’s readiness to continue supporting the development of the sport, Oyerinde said that the federation would introduce competitions, as follow-up to the grassroots development programme.
Oyerinde explained that states would also benefit from the kits provided by developing partners and sponsors.
In his response, Malam Kazeem, who is also the Chairman of the Directors’ of Sports Forum in Nigeria commended the president and his team for their efforts, especially at developing grassroots.
Malam Kazeem, who observed that the larger percentage of Nigerians are youths, charged government at all levels to continue to use sports to empower and engage them meaningfully.
He, however, added that government alone could not shoulder all the sports development programmes, charging the private individuals and corporate organisations for support.
In the entourage of the president were other board members including Prof. Tayo Talabi, who heads the Grassroots Development system of the Board, Yinka Durosinlohun, Bola Magaji, Tunde Yahaya and Mrs Esther Apasu.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise continues tomorrow, at the same venue.