No fewer than 120 school children drawn from five states in North West geo-political zone participated in the third edition of Volleyball For All Holiday Clinic For Boys and girls, which ended at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday.
The participants, aged between 0 to 18 were came from Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kano states.
In an interview with newsmen after the official closing ceremony, President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF) and Zonal Representative on the board, Engineer Musa Nimrod said that he was full of joy by the success of the clinic.
“From the record we have, over 130 children participated and over 15 facilitators, under the coordination of our national coach Abdallah,” he said.
Nimrod who sponsored the clinic said that in Nigeria there is the need to tap potentials from the grassroots.
“I want to request that next year, private sector come and participate to improve the outing.
“Life should not just be about amassing wealth and building houses, we need to impact on the little ones so that when we become old and can barely walk, they would be the ones to support us, ” he added.
He expressed optimism that the next t edition would even be bigger.
” I look forward to greater participation next year, with over 200 in attendance,” he said.
Fielding questions, the Zonal Coordinator North West, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Olusola Luke said that from the interest generated, they expect the kids to take the stories to their homes so that next year the clinic would attract a larger crowd.
“Right now some of these kids are in academies where they are being groomed. We have coaches here to study them and they would improve,” he added, while calling on other Zonal Representatives to emulate Engineer Nimrod for all round sports development.
He expressed hope that the next edition would attract support from corporate organisations.
“We have made contacts and expecting to reach out to corporate organisations to partner us for next edition, ” he added.
Speaking on how the kids were nurtured, Assistant Coordinator of the clinic, Coach Suleiman Hassan, said that they started teaching them the basics of the game.
“We started from teaching them service down to overhead pass, once that’s done you go to attack and defense.
“We have them from different states in the North West. Our coaches from the states will carry the campaign there. Coaches from schools where here.
“We are creating more awareness. I believe volleyball can overtake football in the future. This is because it doesn’t need much players or equipment. Volleyball has been behind because of lack of publicity,” he submitted.
One of the female participants, Faith Ismail, 10 years old from Essence International College Kaduna, said that they learnt a lot.
“We just learnt a lot about volleyball. I learnt how to throw ball, I learnt how to bounce the ball and I am eagerly looking forward to telling my friends to come next year,” she added.
For 14 years old Elselim Musa an SS 2 student from Amazing College, Kano, he looks forward to the next edition.
“We are hoping to come back next year. We have showed what we can do, for our friends not here, they should come and learn too. I am grateful for this opportunity. In the future, most of us would become great players,” he assured.