In furtherance of its position of nurturing younger tennis gamers from the grassroots, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement (FMY&SD) is to associate United States- primarily based AJ Tennis Academy to ascertain a world- class tennis academy in Abuja.
Talking throughout a go to to the Sports activities Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare in his workplace, Director of A J Tennis Academy Worldwide primarily based in Minneapolis, Tolu Olaleye, mentioned he was excited by the prospect of partnering the FMY&SD to develop the following technology of tennis gamers in addition to good residents.
“Our plan is to develop the tennis academy as a enterprise in partnership with home and overseas traders to make sure long- time period survival and function a mannequin for different sports activities.
“We’re right here to discover methods of gaining assist for this initiative from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement,” noticed Olaleye.
In his response, the Sports activities Minister Dare mentioned: “Thanks on your religion in Nigeria. The timing of this initiative may be very good and in consonance with our new sports activities trade coverage which classifies sports activities as enterprise.
“It additionally falls throughout the purview of our ‘Undertake-a-Sport initiative’. I totally assist this initiative and will give no matter assist wanted to make it succeed,” pressured the minister.
Dare additional suggested the initiator to contemplate replicating the Academy in Ibadan, Lagos and Abeokuta to derive most advantages.
The pilot challenge is to be sited in Abuja for which an expanse of land has been allotted by the Federal Capital Improvement Authority.