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Lagos SWAN, WCFL signs deal for grassroots football development

Posted : 29 March 2024

The Lagos State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has signed a one-year agreement with the White Collar Football League (WCFL), marking the beginning of a collaborative effort to recognize the immense potential of sports as a multi-billion-dollar industry and the role of the Nigerian media in its development.

During a brief ceremony attended by the management of WCFL, Lagos SWAN executives, and members, Debo Oshundun, Chairman of Lagos SWAN, said the partnership will catalyze community development.

He described WCFL as a platform for sustainable development, poverty alleviation, and an economic booster.

“We acknowledge that we cannot single-handedly solve all Nigeria's challenges. We firmly believe in the power of collective action. Just as little drops make the mighty ocean, our collective efforts, no matter how small, can contribute to significant changes.

''We firmly believe that the changes we aspire to see in our communities must start with us,” Oshundun said.

For Dave Jones, CEO of the White Collar Football League, the partnership is enshrined in the transformation of lives and communities in Lagos state.

He said leveraging the platform of corporate football to raise funds for high-impact charitable initiatives will provide a pathway for the youth of Ajegunle, where the pilot program starts, an opportunity to realize their potential.

“Today, as we forge a strategic alliance with Lagos SWAN, we reaffirm our commitment to transparency, accountability, and progress. Together, we will keep our stakeholders informed and engaged, ensuring that our collective efforts yield meaningful results.”

The creative idea of combining football and community development was lauded by His Royal Majesty, Oba Moroof Oyekunle Amodu-Tijani Oluwa, Olu of Iwa and Apapa Kingdom. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the White Collar Football League said there is a need for more creative ideas in addressing peculiar challenges in our communities.

He thanked the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) and the Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area for their support.

Honourable Fatai Ayoola, Executive Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA, expressed his excitement over the partnership between Lagos SWAN and WCFL.

He said the event will change the face of corporate sporting excellence in Ajegunle.

Oba Oluwa thanked the WCFL board for their commitment to constructing a state-of-the-art tech hub for talent development and an ultra-modern medical center for affordable healthcare services.

The WCFL is a 5-aside football championship for corporate industry workers from across Nigeria.

The tournament will not only display the skills within the corporate community but also foster camaraderie and spirited competition among participants, contributing to a brighter future for Nigeria.


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