The British High Commission in Lagos hosted a delegation from Manchester City Football Club, including former player and football legend turned Manchester City ambassador Micah Richards.
Man City visit Premier Skills Nigeria
Micah took centre stage to speak to a packed audience of young people, sharing his experiences of making it in the game and providing advice to budding young footballers.
This visit by Manchester City was of great interest, owing to Nigeria’s love of football, the global reach of the Premier League and the country’s own participation in the Premier Skills programme.
Through premier Skills, thousands of Nigerians have received face to face training from Premier League coaches, equipping them with the skills to develop football programmes for young people in their own communities. These young people are inspired to develop skills for employability as well as raising their confidence and self-esteem through football.
Participants and Premier Skills coaches from Nigeria’s Premier Skills School clubs spoke with Micah about how the clubs, supported by the Nigerian Ministry of Education, uses a learner centred approach to contribute to changes in the perception of women in sports, raise awareness of children’s rights and gender issues including prevention of gender based violence, and promoting life skills which also adds to the school curriculum.
Premier Skills Coach Educator Chinasa Ukandu commented,
“This is a great opportunity for the kids who dream of being professional footballers to see world-renowned trophies and hear from the kings of the English Premier League. Equally, we hope that the Manchester City representatives learn from the Premier Skills coaches, coach educators and students making a massive difference through their own Premier Skills community projects. And who knows, maybe Manchester City’s future stars are in the room today!