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Rhythm ‘N’ Play Sports Club underway in schools

Rhythm ‘N’ Play, a grassroots sports initiative to encourage young stars in the participation of sports programmes through music will soon be part of extra curriculum activities in schools nationwide through the establishment and management of the Rhythm ‘N’ Play Sports Clubs in schools.
A stakeholders meeting involving all relevant bodies ranging from the Federal Ministry of Education, National Sports Commission (NSC), Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF), Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Association of Nigeria Principals and Nigeria Association of Physical Health and Recreation (NAPHAR), was held in Nasarawa State for the purpose of arriving at the planning and setting guidelines for the establishment and management of Rhythm ‘N’ Play Sports Club in Schools across the nation.
The Rhythm ‘N’ Play initiative was a brainchild of onetime minister of sports Bolaji Abdullahi and executed through the National Academical Sports Committee (NASCOM) after Presidential Retreat On Sports held in November 2012 with a mandate that sports go back to the grassroots and schools.
Addressing the stakeholders at the Aunty Alice Schools, Koroduma, Karu LGA in Nasarawa State, venue of the meeting, Director, Education Support Services in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs J.N Ibe said once established the initiative will provide young Nigerians under the age of 17 with structured programs that will use sports and play as critical tools for learning. She reasoned that it is believed that more talented kids among the school learners will be identified through the initiative.
“It will provide a platform of opportunities for school and school age children to participate in sporting activities for social, mental and psychological development while enhancing academic excellence. The idea is to use music and dance to attract students into sports participation and arouse their interest in choosing physical education as a career.
“Rhythm ‘N’ Play Sports Club in schools will give the learners the opportunity to participate in one or more sports,” she said.
Ibe added that the sporting activities for the club shall include football, athletics, martial arts, racket sports, ball games and calisthenics.
A deputy director in the ministry, Mrs Victoria Rowland, said the planning starts with the education ministry because talents to be discovered for future use are in the schools and called on the NSC, education ministry to work hand-in-hand for the success of programme since once talents are discovered it is the responsibility of the NSC to nurture them.

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