Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye
A total of 315 schools have registered to participate in this season’s GTBank sponsored Principals’ Cup Soccer competition among schools in Lagos State.
Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye disclosed Sunday in Lagos that all the registered schools have commenced preparations for the kick off of the competition next month at designated centres in the state.
She said that her ministry was working in conjunction with the Sports Ministry to ensure smooth running of the competition and at the same time discover fresh talents in the bid to revive the glamour that have been associated with the competition in the past.
“We want to consolidate on the success we achieved last season and ensure that we move further above our target to encourage our sponsor, GT Bank for the money well invested on leaders of Nigerian sports of tomorrow,” she explained.
This season’s competition according to the commissioner, would be organized at four levels namely; zonal preliminaries, district finals, say preliminaries and the finals. At the zonal levels, competition will be between schools in each of the education zones and the winners from each of the 20 zones will compete at various educational districts while the winners and the runners-up of each of the six educational districts will compete in the say preliminaries.
The Head of Communication and External Affairs, GT Bank, Lola Odedina, said the journey so far has been worthwhile and appreciates the Lagos State Government for the opportunity allowed to partner with them in bringing back the glory days of the Principals Cup.
“For us at GTBank, the Principals’ Cup goes beyond just football. It is also a veritable platform to mentor youths and encourage them to pursue their dreams. This is why we introduced two distinct mentorship programmes – The Principals’ Cup Tournament Ambassador’s Programme (TAP), where thousands of students were mentored by role models in the society and Camp GTBank – a football summer camp organized for the ideal and most skilful players selected from the competition,” she stated.
Last season, the tournament recorded well over 200 football matches with display of pure, exceptional talents and the spirit of fair-play amongst the various schools that participated.
Alakoto Senior Secondary School and Egan Senior School emerged champions in the female and male category respectively.
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