The glory of a nation is in its youth. Hence, the initiative of the Oyo State Sports Council under the leadership of its General Manager Mr Gboyega Makinde to roll out a summer talent hunt for school children who are currently on holiday at no fee.
The initiative is aimed at discovering, nurturing, and developing young talents across a number of sporting events ranging from soccer to basketball, gymnastics, taekwondo, Table tennis, amongst others.
The sports crew of Ibadan Insider was at Lekan Salami stadium Adamasigba on Friday 25th August 2017 to capture happenings at the summer camp.
Ibadan Insider sport reporter met and had a chat with the General Manager of Oyo State Sports Council who reiterated the need to start nurturing talents from a tender age in a bid to catch them young, as sports is now an avenue for empowerment and a medium to also make the state and the country at large proud when success stories are been shared.
The General Manager of the council took the crew on a tour of the stadium to the venue where the various sports were been held. As expected, the football field had the most attendance with kids receiving instructions from their coaches. The indoor sports hall also had its fair share of turn out as kids were been taken through the rudiments of taekwondo, badminton, table tennis, chess, and a host of other sports.
In accessing the turnout of kids for the summer camp, Ibadan Insider had a chat with Mr Jimoh Wasiu Olasunkanmi the gymnastics instructor who said there were about fifty (50) kids enrolled in the gymnastics section. He was quizzed further about the impact of the summer camp and the prospect of continuity as such events are often done on a one off basis. Mr Olasunkanmi told Ibadan Insider that the summer camp has been on for a while and talents who have gone on to represent the pacesetter state have been discovered over the years. Speaking further, he informed us that some of the kids are due to represent the state at the junior U-17 Youth Sports Festival billed to hold in Ilorin, Kwara state between 7th and 17th of September 2017. Conclusively, Mr Olasunkanmi expressed optimism that the program would have grown bigger and better by the next edition with further publicity.
On the whole, the summer talent hunt program is an avenue to keep kids productively engaged during the holidays and to further their learning process beyond the confines of their classroom as their various coaches and instructors take them through the rudiments of their sport of choice as the journey to the future starts now.