The third edition of Elite Schools Cup sponsored by the Elites School Cup Association (ESCACUP) has been unveiled in Lagos at a packed press conference.
In its third year running, Elites School Cup is a grassroots development competitions for elite secondary schools in Lagos aimed at creating a platform for students in such schools to showcase their talents and for career developments.
Speaking during the unveiling of the third edition, Shokoya Olayinka, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ESCACUP, said Elite Schools Cup started in 2018 at Dansol College in Ikeja, Lagos.
“The annual event is meant to showcase young talents from the grassroots and mentor them through standard local and international exposures.
“The tenacity and determination shown by athletes from different schools during the qualifying stages is a great pointer that Nigeria is greatly blessed by raw talents in sports. But we have to to annex those talents for the glory of such individuals towards nation building,” he said.
Mr. Olayinka noted that as part of the aims of the completion which he noted would feature six events this year to include football, basketball, athletics, scrabble, cheese and table tennis, it is meant to promote unity, mass participation in sports from the grassroots throughout the country.
He also said it would also attract elite school-aged sporting students to participate in a high-level, inclusive fun and friendly international completions, among other aims.
The founder noted that the competition would expose participating students to sports scholarship through its foreign network.
Also, he said ESCACUP would afford participating schools economic benefits from its corporate sponsorship at NETS.
The completion, he said further, would enable foreign scouts to discover and sign outstanding participating students and manage them through stardom.
He said that ESCACUP would promote and market participating schools through referral marketing for CSR support.
Olayinka noted further that ESCACUP would identify talents and connect them to sports organisations for further development.
The founder said about 136 schools in Lagos have indicated the desire to be part of the 2021 edition but that only about seventy of them have shown genuine interest to participate,
In the format, the event will be played in four zones in Lagos made up of Island Zone, Ikeja Zone, Magodo Zone and Ijaniki Zone, while the two qualifiers from each zone would play at a stadium (Onikan Stadium in Lagos being highly favoured) at the semi, quarterfinals and the final.
Meanwhile, the high point of the unveiling was the unveiling of the programme of events and the balls for the completion which will kick off on Saturday.
Among the participating schools in this edition include Evaron High School, Queens College, Whitesands Schools, Dansol High School, Keystone College, Kings College, among others. Winners and runners up in each categories win various sums of money.