Over 120 Students Participate In 3rd edition Nimrod  North West Holiday Volleyball  Clinic 

    Engineer Miss Nimrod presenting certificate to one of the participants of the clinic.
    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.
    R-L: Engineer Miss Nimrod, Zonal Coordinator North West, Mr. Olusola Luke and Director School Sports Kaduna State, Mr. Abel in a group photograph with children who distinguished themselves at the clinic.


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