Kolo hosts Etihad coaching clinic in Lagos
- 03 July 2012 14:38
- Posted by David Clayton
Etihad Airways, lead sponsor of City, hosted a special football clinic for students in Lagos with Blues' defender Kolo Toure and three of MCFC coaches.
The clinic took place at FunTurf in Lekki, Lagos, and was attended by 50 students (aged between 11 and 16) from Victoria Island Secondary School. The youngsters received advice and tips from Kolo in a fun and entertaining session.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer for Etihad Airways said: “It was fantastic to see Kolo Toure, a football superstar, teaching the youngsters at the Etihad Airways Manchester City Football Clinic and helping to celebrate the launch of our flights between Abu Dhabi and Lagos.
“Etihad Airways has a proud tradition of hosting grass roots sporting events and so to host our first overseas clinic with Kolo, and our friends and Premier League champions from Manchester City FC, is a very special moment.”
Kolo said: “It’s great to be in Lagos on behalf of Manchester City, not only to celebrate the launch of Etihad Airways’ new service to Abu Dhabi, but also to help develop local football in the region.
Nigeria is a country known for its passion and love of the game, which has produced many great footballers in the past
“Hopefully through the Etihad Airways Manchester City soccer clinic, the coaches and I can help children learn new skills that will bring them one step closer to following their dreams.”
Also speaking at the event, the principal of Victoria Island Secondary School, Mrs. Adegbesan said: “This is a great sporting initiative for our school. Most of these students would never have had the opportunity they were given today.
“We thank Etihad Airways, Manchester City Football Club and Kolo for helping the development of grassroots football."
On Monday, 2 July, Etihad Airways marked the launch of its new service between Lagos and Abu Dhabi by flying in its ‘Blue Moon Rising’ A330-200 aircraft, painted in MCFC’s sky blue colours.