The Football CV International Football Academy in Nigeria has received the endorsement of the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the Nigeria Football Federation.

At a ceremony in Lagos on Tuesday, NOC secretary general, Tunde Popoola, described the academy as the right platform for footballers to combine sports and education.

“We are so happy that FCV Football Academy has considered Nigeria as its base in Africa and we believe this will surely help our athletes to combine sports with education, which has been lacking in the past. As a product of school sports, I am confident this platform will help us to produce educated sports stars. We at NOC will be willing to support this kind of initiative as it is in tandem with the IOC ideals of marrying sports and education,” he said.

NFF vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi, said, “I must commend FCV for bringing the unique product to Nigeria where football and education can be combined. This for us is a good development for school football and we hope our athletes will avail themselves the opportunity to cue into this and get better mentoring to get better lives. We will support this kind of idea and we hope it has come to stay in Nigeria.”

The Academy Director of FCV, Martin Harris, said FCV International Football Academy is the UK’s first private football academy, providing football courses alongside education for aspiring footballers who are aged 14 and older.

Harris said FCV would stage two camps in Lagos and Abuja in April 2019, with two players from each camp getting scholarships to attend the FCV Academy for two weeks in the summer of 2019.

 

 

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