The second edition of Athletics in Schools Program (AISP), will be an interesting one to look forward to as it’ll be brought to one of the most prestigious private schools in Lagos State, Caleb International College (CIC) on Wednesday, February 27th.
CIC has invited the organisers of AISP as one of their special guests for her 22nd inter-house sports at the school premises in Magodo, after they noticed the successful impact the program had in the maiden edition, which is in line with the school’s aims and objective.
The AISP organisers will have the privilege of not just talking to the students, parents, teachers, and school authorities, but also organise a mild training clinic for the competing athletes which will be spearheaded by AISP athlete ambassador, Oyeniyi Abejoye the Sports Personality of the Day.
Another major highlight will be Abejoye presenting medals to the winning athletes, while the overall best athlete at the competition will go home with an autographed merchandise from the star athlete; not forgetting the official presentation that’ll be made to the school.
What’s AISP about?
AISP is an initiative founded by Athletic Heat Ltd in partnership with Nigeria Athletics, which was created for the sole objective of promoting Track and Field culture among Nigerian secondary school students.
This promotion is done through teaching students of each schools visited the values of Athletics, benefits of participating in sports and having a professional career in any sector associated with it, while also educating on how to balance school and sports effectively.
Also key significance is paid to scouting potential talents that will be carefully selected by a professional grassroots coach.
Interestingly, the first edition of the program was held in CMS Grammar School, Bariga coincidentally the first secondary school in Nigeria, and St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka the Alma mater of Abejoye.
He’s currently Nigeria’s fastest and Africa’s second fastest hurdler, and will be performing his ambassadorial role for the second successive year serving as a worthy role model for the students.
His successful mentor-ship in the maiden edition witnessed St. Finbarrs fastest athlete, Benjamin Oshafi win 200m Silver and 100m Bronze medals at the Channel’s Track and Field Championship just few weeks after our visit, attributing his success to our inspiring visit.
AISP is a vision that targets at expanding to more schools in the state both within the private and public school sector, with other top Nigerian athletes serving as role models and inspiration; thereby increasing Athletics enthusiasm among school students.
Finally, huge appreciation to Yesir Foundation, for their continued sponsorship of the program, while we await more partners and sponsors coming on board in our follow up programs.