Cowbell Football Academy youngsters will on Saturday take on Stationery Stores FC at the National Stadium in Lagos to mark the close of the 2018 camping season. The match comes as the Co-ordinator of the Cowbell Football Academy, Dudu-Orumen marks his 60th birthday. The experienced football/player management expert will host friends to a cocktail latter in the day at his Sports Shaq pavilion.
Dudu-Orumen said in Lagos during the week that the programme bank-rolled by the parent company Promasidor Nigeria Limited has been quite fulfilling for everyone involved.
He said, “It is all thanks to Promaisidor, these coaches and ex-internationals that have made this programme quite meaningful.
And we are very confident that over time Nigerian football will benefit largely from the quality grooming these young ones are receiving here.”
The Head of Legal and Corporate Communication at Promasidor Nigeria, Andrew Enahoro, said the company remains committed to the dream of Cowbell Football Academy and expanding its scope despite the challenging economic environment in Nigeria. It is the ultimate goal of the company to positively impact Nigerian youths.
“This is just one of our youth-centric CSRs. Through Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Competition, we are also stimulating young people’s interest in Mathematics. For us, it is not only about bottom-line but also about the future of the Nigerian child,” Enahoro said.
Over 250 young talents are participating in the camp. Besides Cowbell Football Academy, Promasidor Nigeria also reaches out to Nigerian youths through Harness Your Dream, a career awareness workshop for public secondary school students, Loya Swim Meet and Cowbellpedia and other initiatives.
The 2018 holiday camping took off on Monday, July 23 for this summer season. The specialist football programme for boys and girls between ages 4 and 18 will round off at the Main bowl of the National Stadium on August 11.
The 2018 event was flagged off by the NFF Vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi with support from Promasidor’s Head of Public Relations/Legal, Andrew Enahoro.
The players who worked with about 23 certified coaches in different aspects of the game such as goalkeeping programmes, group, individual events and career talks.
The Cowbell Football Academy is run in different centres across the county. The National Stadium hosts the senior players while the juniors train at Jalupon Estate also in Surulere, Lagos. There are also the Lekki Country Estate, Badagry, Benin City amongst others.