The highly anticipated Calabar Soccer Clinic for children 6 – 12 years, opened this morning at the U. J. Esuene stadium, with a large number of sports attired children and their supportive parents in attendance.
Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission, Orok Otu Duke, who chaired the opening ceremony, came clear that the Commission threw her weight behind the event to encourage the kids’ interest in soccer. As a further demonstration of his Commission’s commitment to the growth and development of sports in the state, he informed that schools interested in using the U. J. Esuene stadium for sports competition’s will on application, be given the place free of charge to encourage sports development.
Eta Mbora, member representing Calabar Munucipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, one of the sponsors of the soccer clinic, informed www.calitown.com that he lent support to the clinic because he considered it “s worthwhile initiative that will engage children this holiday period. This clinic will also help groom the mind of the kid, kill idleness as well as help the coaches spot raw talents who I believe will make this state and country. His Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency colleague, Essien Ayi, also present at the occasion, towed the same line.
Ekanem Ekpenyong, the brain behind the clinic, commended parents for bringing in their kids. While promising that he will strive to make the event an annual one, Ekpenyong appealed for support, from individuals and corporate bodies so that “we can produce for our football teams.” He thaked the large gathering for showing interest and attending and prayed that God will bless them all. The clinic will run for two weeks.
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