Monday Sinclair will be the brain behind the newly inaugurated Elite School Soccer Program in Port Harcourt as he will lead the team of coaches for the program.
Sinclair, a one time head coach of Sharks, Rangers International, Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Bayelsa United and the Super Eagles was unveiled in Port Harcourt during the ceremony marking the signing of the partnership deal between Aladumo International School and the Panthers Academy in Port Harcourt.
The Panthers Football Academy in Port Harcourt have signed a memorandum of understanding with Aladumo International School to build what may turn out to be the biggest football academy in Port Harcourt.
Sinclair told NigerianFootballer.com that ideas are changing in football coaching and his duty will be to guide the much younger coaches to do the right thing.
“My own side here is to make sure the coaches are doing the right job because techniques, skills, tactics and philosophies are important. Much will be expected from the coaches and I will be watching.
“If they are not doing the right thing I will be there to guide them, because that is the only way this place can grow. There are ways the game was played before and there are also recent developments in coaching because ideas are changing,” Sinclair told NigerianFootballer.com.
Children and teenagers registered for the Elite School Soccer Program will be trained by a consortium of coaches.
From the age of thirteen, kids can be enrolled and the exceptional ones will be due for scholarships at Aladumo School while they continue in their football career.
Mr Ukwem, a representative of Panthers FC was emphatic in his resolve that this partnership would better the lot of the youth in an around Rivers State.
“It is designed and run by Panthers Academy and hosted by Aladumo International Schools. It is about the elite coming together because Aladumo represents the cream of education in Nigeria, arguably.
“Panthers Academy with the pedigree of the coaching staff headed by Monday Sinclair, the quality of the organisation and the proactive nature of the vision behind the academy represents the creme of grassroots development in this part of the world so this is a fantastic union we have decided to announce,” Ukwen told NigerianFootballer.com
“The Elite School Soccer Program would be a perfect mixture of academics and football as chairman of the Aladumo International group of School, Soberekon Dikibo told NigerianFootballer.com.
“I believe this all makes sense. Football internationally is big. The top earners all over the world are mostly football players. My own sons always loved football in secondary school but unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity of a school that had a football academy that I could send them to, unless abroad.
“Now we have a school here in Port Harcourt that gives that option so if you are a parent and you believe that your child can have a career in football, this is the best place to come,” Soberekon told NigerianFootballer.com.
“It takes nothing from the academic work of the child because if you are part of this program there you must have a certain average to continue, so we will maintain the standards. It is not for people who are below average.
“It is a mix between training a child academically and giving them the option of excelling in football and making money. I pray that parents appreciate the opportunity that we are putting out there,” Soberekon said.
The Elite School Soccer Program is a partnership between the Panthers Football Club in Port Harcourt and Aladumo International School in the same city.