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8 Functions of Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF)

Functions of Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF)

In this post, we look at the Functions of the Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF). The NSSF is a Federal government agency and was introduced by the Federal Ministry of Education with the sole responsibility of undertaking sports administration at the grassroots level, that is, at the primary schools and post-primary schools level with a view to develop and promote sports in Nigerian schools.

As a result, talented athletes have been discovered and nurtured for sports stardom. Encouragement of school sports is the only veritable way of developing sports anywhere in the world.

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8 Functions of Nigerian School Sports Federation (NSSF)
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Nations across the globe, that have to celebrate victories in any aspect of sports is traceable to the support it has been given to school sports development, all began in school level.

Interestingly, outside classroom activities in schools, sporting activities or called it physical education can be of tremendous benefit to a child.

It can make him sound physical, he can be sound psychologically, and even emotionally, as well as help him deployed his hidden talents, that is why encouraging school sports in Nigerian schools is very important, and I am believing that the Nigerian school’s sports federation is keeping to its beddings.

Functions Of Nigerian School Sports Federation:

There are quite a number of functions attached to the Nigerian School Sports Federation, and in this article, we are going to look at some of these functions assigned to the Nigerian school sports federation together.

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1. Provides Forum For Sports Development In Schools

It has been the responsibility of the Nigerian school sports federation to organize or create a forum for the purpose of deliberating on the development and growth of sports in Nigerian schools.

This forum created by the Nigerian school sports federation will avail the stakeholders in the sports sector to come together with a view to discuss on a way forward towards the development and growth of sports in Nigerian schools, particularly, in primary and post-primary schools.

And anything discussed and arrived at in this forum would be in line with the current international and national standard of school sports.

The current techniques and rules and regulations that regulate sports in schools are taken into consideration at the forum.

2. Administers Sports In Primary And Post Primary Schools

Administering sports activities in both the primary schools and post-primary schools remains the duty of the Nigerian school sports federation.

The Nigerian school sports federation must see to it that sports in Nigerian schools are organized, coupled with the proper administration of school sports in Nigerian schools.

In organizing such a school sports event, the Nigerian school sports federation is also charged with the duty of involving the state’s ministry of youths and sports to give some sort of technical support to the growth of school sports at different States of the federation.

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3. Discovers Talented Athletes

The Nigerian school sports federation, as one of the school sports development agencies in Nigeria, has saddled with the responsibility of discovering athletes who are talented, particularly, in different aspects of school sporting activities.

Reason for this is obvious since sports development at the grassroots level actually begins at the schools level, and it is at this level, the school level that the Nigerian school sports federation would be able to discover talents for further development or training of the athletes to world-class spotters and sports stars.

4. Facilitates The Mandate Of Turning Nigeria To A Mecca Of Sportsmen And Women

The Nigerian school sports federation is saddling with the responsibility of ensuring that, the country Nigeria, by the virtue of their activities (the Nigerian school sports federation’s) activities, Is turned into a Mecca of sportswomen and sportsmen.

To achieve this mandate, the Nigerian school sports federation has resorted to taking their activities from the primary schools and post-primary schools level.

This level of school sports is considered by the Nigerian school sports federation as a veritable platform for sports development in the country.

5. Encourages School Sports Development In Nigeria

The Nigerian school sports federation, being an affiliate of the international school sports federation is also charged with the responsibility of ensuring that school sports are encouraged within the Nigerian schools, through school sports encouragement by the Nigerian school sports federation, quite a number of talents are haunted through school sports activities, and as these talents are discovered, they are nurtured for excellence.

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6. Provides Scholarship For Qualified Students And Athletes

The Nigerian school sports federation has the responsibility of ensuring that athletes or students who are qualified are encouraged by way of giving them the scholarship to further their academic pursuits.

Such scholarship is not limited to the academic pursuit of qualified students, it goes beyond educational pursuits to that of sponsoring qualified athletes to pursue their career in any of the tertiary institutions either here in Nigeria or in a foreign country.

By providing scholarship to these set of qualified individuals, the Nigerian school sports federation is actually engendering national sports policy.

7. Promotes Physical Education

The Nigerian school sports federation remains one of the promoters of physical education through its functions in developing school sports in Nigerian schools.

The Nigerian school sports federation over the years has effectively lived to its responsibility of haunting for talents at the primary schools and post-primary schools level through its responsibility of promoting school sports development thus, allowing every child to have access to physical education, because both the child’s academic pursuit and his access to physical education is what will guarantee full development of a child’s personality.

8. Encourages International School Sports Participation

It has been the duty of the Nigerian school sports federation to encourage international school sports participation.

The Nigerian school sports federation, being an affiliate of the international school sports federation with the sole responsibility of developing school sports across the country is also saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that athletes at the primary schools and post-primary schools are engaged and allowed to participate during international sports feister.

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Conclusion

Outside classroom activities in schools, sporting activities or called it physical education can be of tremendous benefit to a child.

It can make him sound physical, he can be sound psychologically, and even emotionally, as well as help him deployed his hidden talents, that is why encouraging school sports in Nigerian schools is very important, and I am believing that the Nigerian school’s sports federation is keeping to its beddings.

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