Written By: Segun Odegbami
I am Segun Odegbami. I am a Mechanical Engineer. I was also a football player many years ago. I played for club and my country and won several national and international awards.
Since I stopped playing I have been involved in sports management, sports marketing, sports merchandising, sports development and sports administration. I am one of Nigeria’s Sports Ambassadors.
In the past 2 decades I have been very involved at national level in matters of youths, sports and education to the extent that I have been Chairman of the National Institute for Sports, Nigeria’s Ambassador of the 1-Goal Education for All World Cup 2010 campaign, Chairman of the Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee, and Consultant on the All Nigeria Secondary Schools football championship amongst others.
The International (Sports) Academy
6 years ago I started a Senior Secondary School that has been running for 4 years. The school is a specialist institution that provides young boys and girls with interest, talent and passion for sports, with the opportunity to combine these with a sound education. The school is called The International (Sports) Academy, TIA.
This is the first and only secondary school in Nigeria that provides this unique service to children interested in being the best at both.
The school offers full-time, fully residential, SS1 to SS3 classes in science, art and commercial subjects. It is a world-class institution with a modern library, science laboratories, specially trained teachers, and first class sports facilities. Above all, it offers a comprehensive development programme through sport academies in 5 sports within the school namely, basketball, tennis, athletics, table tennis and football. All these sports are well-run and supported by international sports personalities and organizations whose interest is also to take children through 3 years of study in the school with the opportunity of taking their sport and education to higher levels.
TIA has been described as a laboratory of learning. Three years ago, the school was nominated as one of 35 such institutions in the world for influencing social change in the community where it is located by “Beyond Sports”, an international organization based in the United Kingdom.
This year TIA has signed an M.O.U of collaboration with Wayne Country Community College in Detroit, Michigan USA. Students of TIA will have the opportunity to go through courses whilst in the school, leading to an associate degree of the American College.
After 3 sets of graduates, students from TIA are presently in several universities in Nigeria and abroad pursing degree programs and participating actively in their sport.
The process of admission into the 2012/2013 academic year is about to start. There are very limited spaces. The school is offering children the opportunity to attend this institution and become part of the exciting experience that continues to attract international interest and attention.
There is room for only 40 new students in SS1 starting September 2012. Make your child one of the lucky 40! The student must have completed his/her JS3, must be less than 14 years old by September 2012, and must be ready to combine their passion for sports with vigorous academics.
How to Apply
Consider this offer and call today for the forms. Learn more about the school by visiting us at 10-Hectare picturesque Campus at km 56, Lagos-Sango-Otta-Abeokuta Expressway, Wasimi Orile, Ogun State. Or visit our Lagos office at Worldwide Sports Limited, 2 Oweh Street, Near WAEC, Yaba, Lagos. Or go to our website at theinternationalacademy.org. and download the forms. Our telephone numbers are 08062775674 and 08035267278.
Once again remember that there are only 40 places for SS1 students broken down as follows: -
Basketball Academy - 6 students only (boys and girls)
Sadiq Abdulahi Tennis Academy - 4 students only (boys and girls)
Table tennis Academy - 4 students only (boys and girls)
Track and field Academy - 6 students only (boys and girls)
Football Academy - 20 students (boys only)
I await your call only if you have a child that is interested.
Segun Odegbami MON, FNIM – 08027246277