Driven by its inception message of redefining football development and helping talents achieve their dreams, La Planet Sport Academia has officially launched its Kiddies team.
The team, which has already engaged in competitions and organized leagues, has been fully launched under a 5-year development strategic plan.
The plan, tagged RIGHT TO DREAM, aims to drive an all-inclusive football development for Kiddies from a young age with the right mentality.
Under the plan, the Kiddies team will be availed the best of training, mentorship, and exposure that will help build a strong foundation on which they will lay their promising careers.
The Scouting Director at La Planet Sport Academia, Abdullahi Suleiman Agali, said the project is part of the Academy’s medium-term plan to keep up with the global football trend.
“RIGHT TO DREAM is a well-thought-out project by our management. It will, among many other things, help reinvent kiddies football and also build a veritable platform where they can showcase their skills and have it sharpened.
“We will continue to scout for more talents to integrate them into the team. By extension, we hope this project will redefine Kiddies’ Football management and arm talented kids with the basic skills while they grow in the game.
Over time, only a few outfits has been able to Institutionalize Kiddies Football, and according to the Director, the project will internalize some global standards in a bid to make it more sustainable and flexible.
While also noting that most African players do not always have a long playing career, he stressed that the RIGHT TO DREAM project will help footballers to have a long and successful career.
“Research has shown that one of the major reasons African players do not last long while at the professional level is because they lack basic skills in the game. This project is here to correct that and help build an ecosystem for talents to grow with the right training and mentality,” he added.
The La Planet Sport Academia Kiddies team participates in the Kwara Kiddies YEG league. The league is one of the country’s biggest, with 12 teams playing competitive football in a friendly and standard environment weekly.
The team sits fourth on the table with 30 points, losing only one game in 15 matches.