Sports to Promote Youth Development

Nigerian children playing football


5E Concept Sports Management and Development joins other stakeholders to promote grassroots sports development in Lagos communities.


Mr. Anthony Obi, the Team Lead of 5E Concepts, Sports Management and Development Unit, speaks on the program:

 “There has been sports reduction in community participation, understanding of the rules, passion and followership when compared to the past.”


During a virtual panel discussion on ‘Securing a sustainable and peaceful future for all,’ Obi said

“sports programs are powerful tools for grassroots development and learning, he adds, “from an early age, sport provides children, including the most marginalized, with the opportunity to develop their physical abilities and health, to socialize, to build leadership skills, to foster lifelong learning and to learn and have fun.”


The special guest and head of Child Protection Network (CPN), Lagos State Chapter, Awofeso Rasheed, said sports are important to the well-being of young people, development of the society, and the economy if properly enhanced.


Executive Secretary, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), Mrs. lwalola Akin Jimoh, spoke up about vocational training, internship, and business development, especially for young people, being funded by several parties.

According to her, the Foundation has nurtured children in football and taekwondo. She urged governments at all levels to do more in training and developing young people to reduce youth restiveness and various social vices.

Another speaker, Managing Director, Tswako Sports Foundation, Muhammad Sanni Tswako, said grassroots sports’ major problem is funding and sponsorship, which is not encouraging participation, development, and growth of sports in the country.

He disclosed that Tswako Sports Foundation based in Abuja is basically focused on tennis development, supplying equipment, training young people, and encouraging the game in schools.

Speech and Games Director, Andrew Esangbede, advocated the promotion of board sports – Scrabble, Chess, and others in Yaba Community, Lagos State, both private and public schools. He said the initiative promotes extra-curricular activities, and inter-house indoor games, and prepares for competition for both learners (amateurs) and professionals.

Head Coach Tainhills Football Academy, Olawuyi Musheedeen, said grassroots sports are no longer encouraging for many reasons, adding, however, that there could be a change from policymakers.

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