HiFL 2019: A New Dawn for Collegiate Coaches in Nigeria

…As Premier Cool and Manchester City partner HiFL to “Coach the Coaches”

Like a gift that just keeps on giving, the drama and excitement-laden 2019 season of the Higher Institutions Football League has recently unveiled a game changing experience in the form of a Coaching Clinic for top varsity coaches from all parts of the country taking part in the competition.

The clinic aptly named “Coaching the Coaches” is powered by Premier Cool, one of the key sponsors of the 2019 season in conjunction with European giants, Manchester City football club and will take place from the 3rd– 5thof July, 2019 in Lagos. The event is aimed at educating the coaches on the latest trends in player’s development and preparations, tactical innovations among others and will include sessions on man management and player preparation as well as classes on mental and educational aspects among others to be handled by the coaches from Manchester City. After the 2-day event, the Varsity Coaches will then embark on a courtesy visit to the Head Office of PZ Cussons, makers of Premier Cool where they will be received by the MD of the company.

In a statement, Head of Marketing, PZ Cussons Consumer, Mr. Charles Nnochiri expressed the rationale behind sponsoring HiFL and the 2019 coaching clinic as a part of the company’s vision of delivering sustainable value to everyone, everywhere. “One of our values at PZ Cussons has always been to add value wherever we find ourselves, as such we thought it best to merge the best of both worlds – our sponsorship of HiFL along with our partnership with global football powerhouse, Manchester City FC. Hence “Coaching the Coaches” is here as the first of its kind experience for the best collegiate coaches in the country to be globally relevant and competitive. We are proud to be at the forefront of this wave of change blowing across collegiate sports”. He concluded.

Speaking on this ground breaking event, Chief Strategy Officer, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Mr. Olamide Adeyemo expressed his excitement with the initiative and praised Premier Cool for its efforts in putting it together: “From the outset of HiFL, it has long been our dream and hope that the platform will provide opportunities for growth and development not just for the players but also for every stakeholder in the spectrum including the coaches. As such, we are excited to have coaches from a top club like Manchester City FC on hand to train the coaches. This, we believe will improve them personally and by extension the quality of play in HiFL. We are indeed grateful to Premier Cool and will continue to work with them on the quest to develop collegiate sports in the country.” Olamide enthused.

On his part, HiFL Technical Coordinator and Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) Technical Chairman, Dr. Nick Igbokwe, thanked the sponsors for their efforts in putting the event together and praised their drive and commitment in developing collegiate sports. “Improving the coaches will surely go a long way in raising the standard of the competition and quality of play. For a long time, we are glad that the HiFL Coaching Clinic keeps getting better and we know that the introduction of international practitioners and practices will go a long way in bringing us up to par with our international counterparts. Premier Cool has indeed done a great thing and we look effort to engaging the Manchester City FC coaches in what should be a highly productive clinic.” Dr. Nick expressed.

Collegiate football is indeed on the rise and we indeed look forward to the wave of change that this will bring. Our collegiate coaches will certainly not be left out.

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