Musa Nimrod, President of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), on Monday in Abuja said grassroots programmes would greatly help develop the country’s volleyball for future international encounters.
Nimrod told the Nigeria News Agency that raw talents could only be discovered through grassroots programmes.
“We have been organising events such as this in the Northern part of the country for the past nine years. This week another grassroots programme will begin in Kaduna.
“We need to engage kids in sports, especially volleyball and beach volleyball, and this will help reduce aimless wandering by the kids during this holiday period.
“We can discover raw talents through a programme like this, where they teach them the rudiments and techniques of the sport. Some kids are loving the sport already,’’ the NVBF president said.
Nimrod, while urging kids to be serious with education, said children who combined sports with education were found to be more brilliant.
“I was so impressed with the performance of the kids at the first edition of the summer clinic on Saturday. This shows that we have talented players who will represent the country at future competitions.
“But they must be serious with their studies and it is very possible for them to combine education with sports. I’m a certified engineer today, but I have been playing volleyball long years ago,’’ he said.
Nimrod also urged kids to stay away from the use of drugs, warning that the consequences were grave.
“They didn’t have to use drugs to be successful in their careers.
“I must however sound a note of caution to these future players, that there is no shortcut to success. Athletes who turned out to be world-beaters have done so through hard work,’’ he said.
(Edited by Muftau Adediran and Olawale Alabi)