It is more than a dream to have a football school from one of the best clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, here in Lagos. It has finally come to reality, the football academy will commence on September 17. 2016.
The academy named, FC Bescola International Soccer School, will have its temporary site at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere.
The FC Bescola Lagos is one out of 22 FC Barcelona soccer schools spread across different countries of the world and the first in Africa.
The school will train children between ages of six and 18 on FC Barcelona’s style of play, the culture and ways of life of one of the successful football clubs in the world.
How to Enroll
The selection of 50 Nigerian coaches for the academy will commence almost immediately and after which players tryouts will begin from third week of August… finally a public presentation of FC Bescola Lagos on September 17.
Before then, there will be aggressive marketing campaign on television, digital and social media platforms. So you will get to hear all the detail information about the football school.
However, Coaches and players seeking to enroll should go to the Lagos State Football Association secretariat or to their Teslim Balogun stadium office Surulere to make inquiries.
The Special Adviser on Sports to the Governor of Lagos State, Deji Tinubu; the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, who is also Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi; the Project Manager for FC Barcelona in Europe and Africa Football Schools, Inaki Gonzallo; FC Barcelona technical Director Benabt Vella, Blaugrana Sports International CEO, Leslie Oghomienor; and the Director General of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Ayodele Agbesanwa, were all present at the launch.
Tinubu, who is the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, said a high powered delegation from FC Barcelona had in February this year visited Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to inform him of the club’s desires to establish the academy in Lagos, adding that the Governor graciously approved and directed that all support be given to see the realization of the project.
“FC Bescola Lagos will kick start proper football development in the state. FC Barcelona have the value, style and culture which they guide jealously, and I’m so glad that all the children in the academy will have everything FC Barcelona value in them,” Tinubu said.
Tinubu, however, promised to sponsor 10 pupils when the soccer school takes off on September 17, 2016.