By Akeem Busari
Buoyed by the recent impressive strides achieved by the state FA’s cadet teams, Ekiti State Football Association have intensified its plans to engender a sustainable football legacy, and as well, use football for the development of youth in the state.
Towards achieving some of its developmental programmes, Ekiti State Football Association have come up with another epochal programme which is a talents discovery and adoption plan.
And towards achieving its objectives, the Bayo Olanlege led Ekiti FA board have therefore identified four major items that would make up the components of an adoption scheme of talents agreement for any interested persons in and outside the state.
These items include, payment of school fees and buying of books and uniforms for the discovered and adopted talent; buying of sports kits like jerseys, football and cleats.
It also includes payment of training fees (to youth club) and transport allowance to training grounds, as well as, health insurance package for the lads.
Bayo Olanlege, went ahead to reiterate the commitment of his board in ensuring that football is used as a tool for youth development and not vice versa.
” We have to stop using the youth to develop the game. The era of people organising football competitions and leveraging on the popularity of the game to gain milage and visibility for their brand alone is over.
” It is that time we started to let the youth gain from the organized sport events through the introduction of sport scholarships and or adoption programs for outstanding talents scouted during such event,” the awards winning football administrator, stated emphatically.