The Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts in Akanran, Ibadan, Oyo State have received the Head Coaches of Malaga CF Academy, Marcos Antonio and Diego Martins, to prepare the scouting and coaching programme slated for Monday, May 4 at its sports arena.
Malaga CF Academy Head Coaches and other notable dignitaries meant to participate in the programme have been arriving at Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort which is the organiser of the maiden event.
Prince Adesina Araoye, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels and Sports Resort, while speaking during the commissioning of Scouting and Coaching Programme, described the scouting and coaching programme that will last for seven consecutive days as one that will promote the talents in football and while adding to the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of Nigerian football legends who had showcased an interest in football coaching.
He welcomed the coaches from Malaga, Spain, to the venue of this historical event and praised the readiness and eagerness of other notable personalities who would participate in the programme to add to its success.
According to Araoye, “To be a leading hospitality and entertainment outfit in Nigeria and Africa as a whole through consistent and classy hospitality and entertainment services to our esteemed guests; to be a viable platform through which sporting talents are nurtured to stardom.
“Two things which are paramount from the statement above are hospitality and sports”.
“Sports and hospitality are like Siamese twins; they are interdependent and interrelated. Research has shown that sportsmen and women thrive better and maximise their potentials if groomed in a conducive environment.
At Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, we have been to balance this wisely by investing in sporting infrastructure and decent hospitality structure. Besides our hotel rooms currently standing at 165, we have also built a hostel structure that can conveniently and comfortably accommodate over 300 players”.
“The resultant effect of this is there for everyone to verify; we have groomed youngsters who are dedicated, focused and talented; players who within a few years of being nurtured are well ahead of their peers simply because we have put them in an environment that is conducive for the cultivation of football culture”.
“The second part of our vision statement (to be a viable platform through which sporting talents are nurtured to stardom) needs strategic thinking and partnership. We have done the needful by investing in sporting infrastructure. With this arrangement, we have discovered and nurtured talented youngsters who can compete well with their peers anywhere in the world. To take our vision further upward from where it is to where it ought to be is the reason why we went into a strategic alliance with Malaga CF”.
“Having studied Malaga CF as a club, we share certain similarities in terms of football culture and principles; we love to groom and nurture players to stardom, the same thing goes with Malaga. We do not doubt that their visit to us will yield positive results, which align with our ultimate goal.
I want to implore the coaches participating in our coaching clinic to make the best use of this opportunity. Please pay attention to your instructors and take time to explore our Resort during your leisure period. We could have limited this massive opportunity to our coaches and players alone, but just as Robers South says in his famous quote, “If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be what he gives” we want to be measured by being that organisation that allows other to grow while it is also growing”.
“We are sure of the enormous talents our society has, and we are not going to close doors of opportunity on them just because they are not in our football academy.
Once again, I want to thank everyone who has come far and wide intending to witness or participate in this programme. May God in His infinite mercy bless us all”.
The event will showcase the coaches from Malaga and Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Mutiu Adepoju, Nduka Ugbade, Busari Akeem, Festus Adegoju, and other football legends in the country will be actively involved.