Principal urges synergy between FME, sports in talent identification

The Principal, King’s College Lagos, Mr Andrew Ali Agada, has appealed to the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) to find ways of collaborating with its sports counterpart in harnessing and developing talents discovered at the end of every sporting competition of various schools.

According to him, the discovery and development of fresh talents in sports is a sure way of ensuring that the country is positioned on a higher pedestal in various games on the global stage.

Agada spoke on the sidelines of the 103rd inter-house sports competition of the college. He said: “Let me use this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Education to engage talents discovered at the end of every inter-house sport of each of the schools and synergise with its youth and sports counterpart so as to harness, train and develop them.

“Not everybody will go to university, not everyone will earn a living from being a doctor, an engineer or any other career, but from sports, they can make it. We have seen people reach their peak through sports.”

Agada noted that aside from financial gains, sports also promote teamwork, adding that when students work together, they synergise and move forward, as it assists them in time management. According to him, most of the events are timed and therefore, ensure that they are able to work with time too.

He explained that sports had always played a critical role in academics, because it helps in making the students mentally alert.

“In fact, research has shown that there is a positive correlation between sports and academic performance. The students also seize the opportunity to wind down because it cannot just be teaching and learning all the way, without some time off to play.”

On his part, former Minister of National Planning and Transportation, Kalu Idika Kalu, lauded the college and the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) for the uniqueness of the games. Kalu, an old boy of the college said he felt excited and impressed about the various developments in the college and the organisation of the sporting event.

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