Mr Abiodun Agbaje, the Director of New Hall International School, Lekki, Lagos on Monday restated the school’s commitment to promoting both education and sports.
Agbaje made the assertion at a news conference to herald the unveiling of the school’s 45,000-capacity ultra-modern stadium on March 16 and its 6th Inter-House sports competition.
He said that the newly built stadium was constructed inside the school premises to further develop young talents through the New Hall Football Academy which was an offshoot of the school.
“We have done so well in education as far as New Hall International School is concerned and that is why we also feel children who have talents in sports should also be encouraged.
“This is also aimed at combining academics, arts and sports because we know full well that education is a blend of the three aspects.
“Apart from the stadium, we also have a multipurpose hall to engage our student in other sports.
“My willingness to leave something behind as a legacy, having been very successful in education and in the banking industry.
“I think it will be a good thing not to just pass this world without having my own input to what is happening in Nigeria in terms of education and sports,” the school’s director said.
He added that the stadium would be inaugurated by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, while Peter Rufai, a former goalkeeper of the Super Eagles would be the sports personality of the day.
Agbaje said that other sports ambassador of the academy, such as Segun Odegbami, Chioma Ajunwa, Eniefiok Obong and Friday Ekpo would also be on the ground to grace the occasion.
The director said that the stadium would be open to schools and other academies, noting that the facility would be well maintained for sustainability.
Also, Henry Iwunyanwu, the manager of the academy, said the academy which was founded in 2018 by the school had helped to discover and groom budding talents in football.
Iwunyanwu, who is a UEFA licensed coach, said the construction of the stadium would attract more youngsters to the academy.
“The construction of the ultra-modern sporting facility is a major plus for the academy and we intend to leverage on it to groom more talents in football.
“We have hostels, gymnasium, a physiotherapy centre and dressing rooms that are all attached to the stadium and that is what is obtainable outside the country,” he said.
The coach added that the academy was currently in partnership with Manchester City FC of England to further enlarge its scope.