*Aaron Simpa named for Britarch Schools Abuja
Catholic Centenary College Ilorin will take on the Offa Little League team on Thursday and Friday as part of the efforts to make the learning curve of the hosts grow better.
According to the national baseball team coach, Olajide Abidoye, who is the Technical Director (Baseball) for the Basic Olive Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST), “this is a part of the processes we are putting together to hone the kids to understand new tricks in the game. The Ilorin team were put together about the same time the Offa team started. Playing together as peers will help both teams.”
Moreso, the six lasses that were in South Africa last year will be coming with the Ilorin team. Our long term plan is to ensure that we have two strong teams that will be able to go international next season and do the nation very proud.”
You know that the BOOST project is the first of its kind. With the quality of work that coach Influence Gwede has put into the Offa kids, we need to make them practicalise these knowledge in match setting. My vision for these kids is high. That is why every quarter I want to ensure they have a competitive setting to test their knowledge of the game.
By the time we have mastered the programme in Offa, it will be easier to spread the blueprint in other parts of the country. We intend to have about 30 centres before the end of 2018.
Already, Britarch Schools in Lugbe-Abuja, is so interested in the programme. I have chosen former national team player, Aaron Simpa, to go and start the second centre. We hope he will commence the training of the students by middle of June.
With the way it is, if the students catch up with the training well, I can guarantee them that they can travel to the United States of America for the Little League in August. It is the response of the students, how fast they can learn and how much they want to grow that will guarantee the trip.
The enthusiasm of the College authorities is reportedly high and we also do not want to disappoint them that is why I had to scout for a high quality person that can deliver the proper rudimentary training to the athletes. I will ensure the rapid exposure of the Britarch Schools students too.