FC Barcelona Unveils First Football Academy In Lagos


The Lagos State Sports Commission on Tuesday unveiled the FC Barcelona Football Academy in Nigeria, named “FCBESCOLA’’, which is to be sited temporarily at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The state government promised to ensure the smooth operation of the Academy in Nigeria by supporting its plans for youths. FCBESCOLA will open on Sept. 17 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

The academy’s Sport Director in Nigeria, Lesile Oghomienor, said the vision, mission and the model which the academy will adopt in its operations would be a world standard.

He said they are planning to have a 7,000 capacity academy stadium with all the sports facilities such as gyms offices and training pitches.

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Hopefully within the next two years, the academy will also admit children from ages six to 18 that are good for grassroots development.

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Project Manager for FC Barcelona in Europe and Africa Football Schools, Inaki Gonzallo, said the academy would adopt the same curriculum used to train the successful products of the academy in Nigeria.

Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu, pledged to personally fund the training of 10 children in the football academy as part of his support.

He further reveals that the academy has also promised to employ 10 indigenous coaches and create many employments through the services that will be rendered in the academy.

The Commission’s boss said that football was one of the cardinal programs government wanted to use to encourage youth engagement in the economy and that it would continue to get the desired attention.

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He stressed that government wants to use sports and entertainment to put itself on the world map; through youth engagement and economic prospects; not only the youths but also the entire citizenry.

The FC Barcelona Academy in Lagos is the first of its kind in Africa. Tinubu said the club, which is one of the biggest brands in modern day football, will open its first football academy in Africa in Lagos and every child in the state will learn about their values.

Being a model for the development of sports and a trail blazer in economic drive through sports, Tinubu said it is a fantastic thing happening in Lagos.

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According to him, youths will get the right value of Barcelona FC which will be more beneficial to the development of football in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa in general.