CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development, an NGO based in the UK, in partnership with the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) successfully conducted a two-day introductory Cricket coaching clinic for pupils from five primary schools on the 19th and 20th of July 2019 in Obio Offot, Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The event which was approved by the Akwa Ibom Ministry of Education and their Youths and Sports Counterpart was held at the premises of St Mary’s Primary School was attended by 82 (eighty-two) pupils from the participating schools.
The schools that took part in the coaching clinic are;
- Government Primary School,
2. St. Michael African Church School.
3. St. Patrick Primary School
4. St. Mary’s Primary School
5. Donchils international Schools
We may recall that the CSED organization went into a partnership with the Nigeria Cricket Federation earlier this year with Edo Boys High School the first beneficiary of the Cricket Equipment donated to the school as part of efforts to consolidate the ongoing Development in the School.
The Coaching Clinic was anchored by the Female development officer for the NCF in Akwa Ibom State, Miss. Blessing Etim.
Commendations, appreciation and projections at the end of the memorable programme from CSED Initiative representative, Mr. Cornelius Ehimiaghe state as follows;
“Thanks to Blessing Etim, her coaching crew, teachers of the 5 primary schools and the stars of tomorrow (students), who were indeed the STARS OF THIS TASTER EVENT. From the pictures Blessing sent to me and our National Coordinator (Mr Edema Fuludu), it appears that the pupils enjoyed this event.
Playing a post-training cricket match was the icing in the cake. This was beyond my expectation and it has added credence to what we want to do for Niger Delta students who will attend our future events in cricket and other sports.
By having Development Officers in the states of the federation; NCF has shown that they mean business. More than one year after we wrote some state and national sports federations, we are still waiting for their response. But the current Board of NCF is different. We will work with you in your goal of developing grassroots cricket and taking the game to the children of the ‘common man/woman’ in Nigeria.
With the permission of the NCF, our next two clinics are likely going to be with the students of the IDP Camp in uhogua (Edo State) and we would be keen to do a similar programme in Taraba State before the middle of October 2019. God bless.”