No fewer than 250 children from seven states in the country are participating in the fourth edition of the North West Volleyball For All Holiday Clinic for U-15 Boys and Girls.
The clinic which was declared open on Thursday at the Indoor Gymnasium Hall, of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, is sponsored by the President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Musa Nimrod, according to the Head of Administration, North West Zone, Kayode Ogunleye.
Ogunleye described the clinic as an annual event, which is in its fourth edition, saying the competition was encouraging.
“The event always takes place during summer and it has been something the children look forward to yearly.
“It is solely sponsored by Engr. Nimrod, North West Zone representative of the board as well as the NVBF President. Nimrod and the zone are in charge of organising and inviting children from all the zones and schools around,” he said.
“We are still expecting more children to turn up; talents discovered during the clinic will be nurtured. We will keep a tab on them and groom them to stardom.
“The games masters are here to pick up talents discovered. Last year, the NVBF President was here and donated balls which have contributed to development of the clinic.
“What we lacked in the past was inability to replace aging players at the national team but now, we have available replacement from clinics like this,” he added.
Ogunleye said that the NVBF president was doing a lot to sustain the clinic.
“We are encouraging the talents, meeting them one on one and we are not limiting it to volleyball, we want other sports to emulate same,” he added.
He however identified lack of funds and reluctance of parents to release their children for the clinic as some of the biggest hurdles they were faced with.
“As you can see they are well fed. It is not easy for one individual alone to sponsor such,” he said.
One of the instructors, Coach Samuel Ajayi said that at the end of the clinic, the children would have learnt a lot.
“Most of them will be familiar with volleyball and would like to play volleyball. The clinic is all about catching them young,’’ Ajayi said.