Cross River Daily can authoritatively report that not fewer than eight hundred, 800 kids took part in the maiden edition of the Cross River State sports clinic which ended today.
Organised by Mr. Ekanem Ekpenyong, a commissioner in the state ministry of sports, the two weeks exercise had for a closing ceremony a sport exhibition today at the UJ Esuene Stadium, whereafter, participating kids went home with jerseys, tissue papers and footballs while parents in attendance went home with medicated bed nets.
Mr. Ekanem, a licenced kids coach told newsmen at the stadium that the essence of the exercise which was meant for kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years was intended to build kids’ interest for football.
Noting that the programme has secured a date in the state’s tourism calendar, Mr. Ekanem said the exercise would be holding regularly, but once, every year.
According to Mr. Ekanem, one of the major challenges he is faced with is finances, informing that the commission was not willing to worry the state governor about, stating that the only benefit they enjoy from the government was logistics.
Emphasizing on individual commitment as the only means to achieving the programme’s goal, Mr. Ekpenyong appealed to parents to often sacrifice their time to ensuring the kids turn up for training, even as he said that the kids on the other hand also needed to commit some level of sacrifice: “the kids must also create time and develop interest for football,” he said.
On organization, Mr. Ekanem said the ministry of health had supplied enough health officers who are on standby alongside an ambulance for any eventuality, while further saying that the security agencies in the state also have their men stationed in the area for proper securiting.