16 March 2010

Nigeria: School Head Canvasses Devt of Children in Sports

Lagos — Executive Director of Karis School, Magodo GRA, Deaconess Nonny Rosemary Nwajei has called for more attention to the development of children in the area of sports.

Nwajei, who made this call, weekend at the third bi-annual sports festival of the school in Lagos, said the effort would go a long way in 'catching them young' in their natural talent, hence the psycho motor aspect of teaching the children.

The Registrar, Mr. Chucks Ugo argued that the country was not faring well in the areas of sports because attention was not paid to those in the grassroots. "For you to produce champions, you have to reach the grassroots and also training the children. You cannot separate sports and education without the children. They will not be complete."

He added that the affective and cognitive domain must also complement the psychomotor aspect, saying that these would make the child total. He stressed the need for the country to have a good sports administrator, adding that it would go a long way in helping us as a nation.

The Sports Director, Mr. Udoka Eko said since it was the first time the school would be taking the competition outside its environment, it wanted the children to have a feel of what a big sports field looks like, adding that it believes in the spirit of 'catching them young'

General Manager, Finance RT BRISCOE, Mr. Akintayo Asha said since physical training had become part of school's curriculum, it would go a long way in producing children who are fit to compete favourably in any sports competition. He stressed the need for the government to invest in grassroots sports, both materially and financially, as well as bring in experts that would train people.

The event witnessed various field and track games such Ribena race, high jump, picking the balls, school relay, among others. Trophies and prizes were presented to deserving houses and pupils including those of invited schools.

Emerald house took the first position with 15 gold medals, 10 silver and 10 bronze, Amber and ruby houses took the second and third positions with 12 gold, 15 silver and 8 bronze; 10 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze medals respectively. The event featured a choreography display by pupils of the school.

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