The Chief of Defense Staff approved the hosting of the first edition of the Abuja Barracks School Sports Clinic 9-11 May 2018. Aimed at discovering new talent and fostering the spirit of sportsmanship.
Children were drawn from 6 primary and 6 secondary schools.
General Manager of NRFF ; James Goode responded to invitation sent by Brig. Gen Maikano following a courtesy visit made in April to Defense Headquarters by NRFF President; Kelechukwu Mbagwu.
The NRFF provided rugby coaches and conducted taster sessions to children aged 8-18 years old. The NRFF witnessed a splendid 3 day sports event at the army barracks. Speaking to Armed Forces Radio, James Goode was full of praise about the strong crop of future athletes:
‘I was very impressed with the overall athleticism of both boys and girls. I was also pleasantly surprised with how quickly these youths picked up the game of rugby union with little of no previous exposure to it. It just goes to show how important it is for the sport of rugby union to attract people from a young age. The PT coaches from the Army were brilliant and many of the senior ranking officials present observed the relevance of rugby training to soldiering. We look forward to a strong partnership in the future with the Nigerian Armed Forces’ NRFF Abuja 11 May 2018
Following the conclusion of sporting activities, awards were presented by Air Vice Marshall EO Alebi representative of the Chief of Defense staff and Air Vice Marshall Adeluwoye, Director of Sports, Defense HQ.