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66 ex-Niger Delta agitators gain admission to study Sports Management Foundamentals

no fewer than 66 ex-agitators, including some selected youths from crisis-impacted communities in the Niger Delta, were on Tuesday offered scholarships to study Sports Management Fundamentals at the Johan Cruyff Institute of Barcelona.
Speaking at a press conference organised by Sia-One Sports Academy at the Uyo Township Stadium on Tuesday, the facilitator of the programme in Africa, Alhaji Faruk M. Yabo, who also is the CEO of To Be Connected Nigeria, an NGO, said the course contents of the Sports Management Fundamental, being delivered in Africa for the first time, was put together by the university of Amsterdam.
By the nature of the course, Yabo said, beneficiaries will combine their studies with training sessions, while in camp and also have three hours lectures every day.
He disclosed that, at the end of four months, successful course participants will be awarded foundation of sports management certificates, which can lead them to proceed for their post graduate diploma in sports management, sports marketing and sports promotion.
Said he: “The first stage of the course is four months foundation in sports management and when you pass that you can proceed for post graduate diploma and once you complete the post graduate diploma, then you are qualified for the master’s degree in sports marketing, sports promotion and sports management.
“Why we are introducing the course to the ex-agitators of the presidential amnesty programme and young people in the Niger Delta is to give them the opportunity to blend academic and sports because when you are exceptionally talented, most times there is the tendency to disconnect from school.
“This course is providing opportunity for those players who wish to pursue formal education while being actively involved with soccer to combine academic and their football career. It is a programme for all those who want to have a career in the sports.
Yabo said the course provides opportunity for persons in camps to pursue their educational careers, noting that the programme was not like a seminar or workshop but an academic educational capacity programme that issues certificates to successful participants, pointing out that graduands from the programme will find jobs easily because football attracts attention.






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