Hello sports fans, I’m back with another edition of my column which is on “Politics, Sports Orientation And Development”
Now that the ministerial screening is on in Nigeria, we hope for a minister who sees sports as a way of life and livelihood; prioritizes the refurbishment of the sporting complexes, creating and providing resources for sport development, sports management, sports education and sports coaching.
We also hope for a sports minister who will make the ministry an avenue for job creation for the youths through an orientation of Sports Development programs.
In India today Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent), Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday appealed to State governments to identify sites in every block for creating sports infrastructure to help realise the goals set by the Centre to make sports “a way of life.”
During an interaction with journalists here, the Minister said that his ministry had set the goal of building sports complexes in each of the more than 7,000 development blocks of the country under the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan programme, and would require cooperation of the State Governments because sports is a State subject.
We can hold the positive side and even copy such ideas while setting objective to harness the sports talents in rural areas and make Nigeria a sporting hub of the world.
Incorporating the NFF to hold a National Football Curriculum
distinguishing building blocks: From training building blocks and playing building blocks.
At such a forum, the NFF will provide Building Blocks Methodology
(BBM) these will be the framework that provides practical guidelines for coaches working at all levels of youth development in order to help them answer questions such as:
•What are the mental and physical characteristics of players in the various development stages?
•What type of practices are best suited for specific age groups and why?
•How long should a session go for and how often should I train?
•How do I plan and design my sessions?
•What are points of interest when I coach my team during games?
With the aim to:
•Develop technically proficient players
•Develop tactically aware, proactive players
•Transform the physical and direct style of youth football in Nigeria to a successful style based upon technique and creativity
•To instill a lifelong passion and love for football in young players
•To create a real ‘football culture’ in Nigeria
The result of this approach must be for future generation of players with the skills and habits to make Nigeria a successful contender on the World stage, both in men’s and women’s football and sports as a whole.
The concept of these Building Blocks methodology is guaranteed so will develop the next Ronaldo or Jay Jay Okacha in Nigeria.
Unfortunately the answer may be a Yes because no one appears to be listening or ready to change things, but this structured approach will certainly increase the chance.
There is no magic formula for developing special players but recent scientific research by (Coyle; Ericsson, Gladwell; Syed et al) does provide some very interesting insights:
1.Talent is not ‘innate’. Messi (or any other outstanding performer in sports, science or art) didn’t receive or inherit special ‘genes’ from birth
2.Every world class performer has a history of many years of deep practice that started at a young age
3.A condition for many years of deep practice is intrinsic and sustained motivation, a characteristic all top performers share.
Also, no top performer has ever circumvented these rules!
This doesn’t mean however that geniuses do not exist. As a coach On “The Talent Code” I will peg the genius rate of another Okocha at about one per decade.
Now; Let us take a closer look at these insights. If talent is not innate and excellence is the result of many years of sustained deep practice, does that mean that anyone can become a top level player?
Theoretically yes, although it’s not that simple. Many people may have heard of the so-called “Rule of 10,000 hours”. This rule, introduced by the Swedish scientist Anders Ericsson, basically states that it takes 10,000 hours (or 10 years) of practice to reach a level of excellence in sports, science, art or any other field.
It is apparent that the quality of that practice is vital although, interestingly, research conducted by UK professor Mark Williams shows that time invested in non-organised practice, such as playing with mates in the park or juggling a ball in the back yard, is at least as important.
It is very important that I state this, we make a distinction between professionalization and commercialization. Because an increasing commercialization does not necessarily entail improved professionalization, and a growing professionalization does cause an increased commercialization.
Professionalization connects to rationality, better education in sports and skills, whereas commercialization relates to enhanced business opportunities.
Remember this; Your gift and job are not the same. Your gift is what you are born to do. Your job is what u are paid to do. You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, you must build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. So, use your job to change the fortune of the greater tomorrow: the youths.
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