Participants at the ongoing Lagos State Handball Association (LSHA) Opeifa Summer Clinic have applauded the body for efforts to build their talents for great future.
The boys and girls expressed the gratitude in Lagos on the third day of the LSHA-organised programme.
At least 64 upcoming players are participating in the clinic taking place at Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos.
They were identified at the 2018 National U-12/15 and Lagos State Secondary Schools Handball championships held in April and May respectively.
Eunice Akuma, who was shortlisted for the U-12/U-15 national championships, said that the clinic would equip her with more skills to build a career.
Akuma said basic techniques of handball were being taught by knowledgeable coaches at the programme.
“I am on the right track and I am excited that the organisers are able to fulfill their promise of a follow-up programme,” she said.
Rukayat Jimoh said that the clinic had deepened her passion for handball.
Jimoh said that the coaching had made her more familiar with the fundamentals of handball.
She expressed satisfisfaction with efforts of LSHA to develop the sport.
“I love handball and play handball in school up to the national championships where I got the opportunity to participate in this summer coaching.
“I have learnt a lot,” she said.
Another player, Muiz Olanrewaju, described the programme as a `double blessing’ which exposed participants to academic work and rudiments of handball.
“The association is really trying for us; it has been encouraging us in so many ways.
“I feel great to be part of this summer clinic. I will gain beyond my expectations in the sport and academics, especially on Maths and English Language,” he added.
Bolaji Piate said his participation in the clinic had made his holiday worthwhile.
He added that it provided a forum to meet and interact with peers and coaches.
“This is one of my best holiday; I am happy and proud to be a handball player in Lagos; it has been inspiring,” he said.
Coach Lucas Honvo said he was impressed by the commitment of the players.
He said that the players had been teachable.