After paying courtesy visits to different organization of which ANPC was included, Former Super Falcon player and first Nigerian football centurion Maureen Madu has begun her maiden football holiday camp titled “Anambra football kiddies camp with Maureen MMadu.” On the day of registration different parents brought their daughters from far and wide to partake in the holiday camp.
The thorough screening on the opening day ensured that those who were over aged were sent back home as the camp was meant to be for children between the age of 8-13.
Anglican girls secondary school Onitsha which happens to be the venue for the holiday camp, accommodated 300 young girls who aspire to be footballers and they will be trained, motivated encouraged on the basics of football. The camping will take place in 5 days from 19 th-23rd of December 2020, football kits which includes (jerseys, boots etc} were shared among the kids after their clearance.
While addressing the kids’ one of the counselors and coaches Success Onyeabor charged the children to remain focus and passionate, she also told them to interact with each other and they should be of their best behaviors, she explained the financial aspect of football and how professionals used it as a poverty alleviation scheme.
Another counselor Balepo Phillip explained to the kids on their purpose and read out the rules and guidelines of the camp he further threatens that the management in the camp will not hesitate to send any girl home should they break any rules for any reason.
Former Rangers super star, Victor Nwagu came to express support for the kids and Maureen Mmadu as well. He said “I came here to support and encourage Maureen Madu, this state, country are lucky to have her, she never had this opportunity, I never had this opportunity, I hope this kids will take this camping seriously.” He went on to appeal to parents to always encourage their children in anyway they can in sports, he also called on other active and retired athletes to emulate this type of gesture.
One of the parents, Uzoho Albert Ifeanyi who brought his kids to the camp was happy for the children. He said “I come from a sporting family both I and my brother played in the amateur leagues, I went for trial but I choose another career path, so I got to know about this camp from a church program I attended here in Onitsha so I decided to enroll my kids.” Uzoho who is an indigene of Imo state and resides in Port-Hacourt also stated that although he is not regretting his carrier but he wished to have still pursue his passion in football. Certificates will be given to the kids on Wednesday as intensive training will continue as well.
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