SPORTS has been described as a strong element in youth development just as corporate sponsorship of sports is a way of giving back to the society and a means of curbing youth restiveness by engaging them meaningfully.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, stated this much at the closing ceremony of the Anambra State U13/U17 Academicals, which took place at St. Mary’s High School, Ifitedunu, Anambra State.
He said Fidelity Bank is pleased to partner with the state as a way of giving back to the society, stressing that through the initiative the bank also intends to curb youth restiveness by engaging them meaningfully.
He said: “Since sport is a very strong element in youth development, we felt we needed to partner with the state to make sure we get this competition going strongly. You can see what happened here today and I think that it was really an international standard show they put up. We are proud to have supported that and we are looking forward to continuing this support.”
The Anambra State Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke, who represented the governor, Willie Obiano, said the competition was a demonstration of the governor’s belief and commitment towards advancing the cause of the youths in the state.
According to him, engaging the youths in all forms of programmes, projects, sporting activities, skills acquisition are all part of youth development to keep them away from social vices.
“We’ve all had a wonderful day seeing these kids show their skills in football. You can see the enthusiasm of these kids,” Okeke said.
The deputy governor commended Fidelity Bank Plc for sponsoring the tournament, noting that the presence of the MD/CEO of the bank at the finals showed the commitment of the bank to the initiative.
Calling on other corporate organizations to take a cue from Fidelity and sponsor other events, he noted that, “It’s not just football that we play here. There are other games like basketball, tennis, whatever, they can be involved in organizing these and I know we have the players in Anambra.”
Meanwhile, Central School, Ekwulobia, defeated Eri Primary School to lift the U13 trophy and earn a cash prize of N500,000.
At the U17 category, Community Secondary School, Uga, beat Metropolitan College, Onitsha, to win the trophy and cash prize of N1 million.