NIS graduates first batch of coaches from Abuja campus Wednesday

FILE PHOTO: Sports festival PHOTO: NAN

The first batch of graduates to be produced by the National Institute of Sports, NIS, outside its Lagos campus will on Wednesday have their graduation ceremony.

Alex Mana, a lecturer at the institute said on Monday in Abuja that a total of 67 coaches would graduate from the institution’s Abuja campus.

He said the new coaches are students who participated in the institute’s just-concluded Basic Intensive Coaching Course.

Mr.Mana, who is the course’s chairman, said in a telephone interview that the coaching course was successful.

He said this was in spite of the fact that it was the first time for the institute to hold a course in Abuja.

“Sixty-seven students registered for the course and we are graduating all of them,” the former football referee said.
“They went through a process of oral interview, practical examination and medical test. The course has been successful and we thank God for it, even though this is the first time we are organising a course in Abuja. Our courses are usually in Lagos.”

He said the graduands were 61 male and six female and the graduation ceremony would hold at the NIS premises at the Abuja National Stadium.

The three-month coaching course, which began in October, is the most introductory course among all the courses offered by the institute.

All the course participants were drawn from five sports, namely athletics, basketball, boxing, football and volleyball.



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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Who are these people running on bare feet? Recall that the national football team of Nigeria played England in 1949 on bare feet! And this was a screaming headline news of derision and pity at the time in the UK! And Nigerians still do sports on bare feet in 2014, a space of 65 years! What sort of country are we building? And what sort of coaches is Nigeria producing? Coaches that would not understand that running on bare feet is archaic; that running on bare feet would not produce same result as running with prescribed running shoes? Nigeria, Nigeria and Nigeria! We blame government for everything but the little assignment given to us is done abysmally poor! This country urgently needs serious orientation and reorientation from bottom-up.