Supporting Education in Primary Schools through Football

Football as a sport is played in most primary schools in Nigeria. It is a sport that promotes good health through exercise, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie. It provides a platform for the pupils to express themselves without barriers and be known when featured in a competition. It also attracts for their schools developmental projects when these competitions are won. For the primary schools, these competitions provide them the opportun­­ity to show how well they have contributed towards building the leaders of tomorrow through the game of football. One of such football competition is the Channels National Kids cup.

The Channels Kids Cup is a tournament strictly for pupils currently in primary school and not above the age of 13 at the date of commencement of the football event. The schools are drawn from the 6 geopolitical zones in Nigeria. The tournament which is aimed at discovering young talents and promoting the game of football at the grassroots level has as its core values; offering an alternative to the everyday lives of children from disadvantaged areas, using football as a tool for education by teaching: observance of the rules of the game, the practice of exercises and codified play, respect for opponents and partners, the desire to be the best, pushing oneself beyond one’s limits, the joy of winning and coping with the distress of losing. These values resonate with the mission of the TY Danjuma Foundation and so for the 8th season of the tournament, the Foundation partnered with the organisers to sponsor the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for the wining school. The prizes are cash grants given to the wining schools for the purposes of providing educational material to their schools.

The 8th season of the tournament brought together 32 schools and at the end of the tournament, LGA Mohammed Primary School, Kaduna became the champions of the 2016 edition of the Channels National Kids Cup wining a cash grant prize of 1.5 Million Naira, Qua Iboe Primary School from Kogi State came 2nd wining a cash grant prize of 1 Million Naira, and St. James Government School from Osun State won a cash grant prize of 500 thousand Naira for the 3rd place. The event held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on May 27, 2016 (Children’s Day).