As a further element of the PFA’s 20th Anniversary celebrations, the academy’s latest initiative involved the participation of over 50 secondary schools across the country. The Pepsi National Schools Program was planned to strengthen the links between each of our PFA training centres and local schools through inviting them to participate in a knock-out football competition on a regional basis.
No PFA team competed in this series of secondary school matches….[they would have been too good!?]…while the competitions themselves were entirely run by PFA coaches and staff [along with PFA students as ball boys]. Commenting on this first series, Dr Kasimawo Laloko [PFA Director] said:- “We really intended to enable as many schools and youngsters as possible to have the opportunity to participate in our Pepsi National Schools Program.
What better way of celebrating Pepsi’s and the PFA’s 20th Anniversary of contribution to the development of youth throughout the country than to include as many young football players as possible as part of our plans.” The PFA Consultant, Iain Nelson, added:- “In addition to each of our PFA training centre’s strengthening their links with local schools through the Pepsi National Schools Program, our coaches were able to see many potential talents showcasing their skills and I am sure we will have invited some further youngsters to join the Pepsi Football Academy.
The support and attendance [schoolboys and girls] throughout this series has proved extraordinary. We most certainly will be planning for a repeat in 2013.” Iain Nelson gives a “pep talk” Winners and Runners Up of the Lagos/Agege competition