Ten children from across Lagos State have been given a lifeline to attend the prestigious FC Barcelona Soccer School (FCBESCOLA) in Lagos by the chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Deji Tinubu.
The talented children who hail from lowly backgrounds have been enrolled at FCBESCOLA in order to pursue their passion in football. The school is open to children between ages 5-18.
“Barcelona has a football philosophy that can be replicated in Lagos. These children will have a chance to learn and experience this philosophy with the enabling environment provided by this platform,” Tinubu said at the Registration to welcome the kids into the school.
With regards to the selection process for the lucky children, Tinubu said they were selected from his pet football project as well as different environs in the state.
“I had a pet project that we used to identify children that display outstanding football and leadership qualities, we also embarked on extensive trips around Lagos scouting for such talented children to give them a chance with this platform.
“We are passionate about developing sport in Lagos State and by identifying these young ones we will replicate how the likes of the Lionel Messis and Andres Iniestas of this world were discovered and nurtured,” he said.
Registration for the FCBESCOLA continues till September 19, 2016 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.