Sports Ministry signs MOU with Hideaplus for National Principals, Headmasters Cups
By Niyi Busari
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare, in continuation of his quest to ensure sports becomes a viable business in Nigeria, on Monday, led officials of the Ministry in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with Hideaplus sports consultancy.
The MoU between the Ministry and Hideaplus sports consultancy
will see to the organisation of the National Principals and Headmasters Cup competitions and will further serve to strengthen grassroots sports development.
In his remarks, the Minister expressed satisfaction that one of the Ministry’s vision for grassroots sports development was on its way to becoming a reality. He added that the event will bring back the experiences of the Principals Cup which birthed some ex nationals in the past, while promising to include as many sports as possible.
“You would recall the nostalgia that Principals Cup put on everybody’s lips, we have seen some of our best footballers and stars come through the Principals Cup and suddenly it died off.
“Today we give strength to our commitment to bring back the Principals Cup that would serve as trailblazer to bring back some of the past and lost glory of not just football development but also sports development and I promise we won’t be about just football as other sports would be included.”
In his response, the Chief Responsibility Officer of Hideaplus sports consultancy, Tony Oritse Pemu thanked the Minister for his visionary approach to sports in Nigeria and promised give their best to reenact the old tradition of grassroots talent discovery and development.
The National Principals Cup would cut across secondary schools in the country while the HeadMaster’s Cup would cut across primary schools, with about 10,000 schools to participate when it kicks off.