Francis Okokon Effiong

Francis Okokon Effiong

Francis Okokon Effiong
IBS Hungary

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About Me:
Creative and out of the box individual, with exceptional communication skills and a strong drive to succeed in whatever I do.
Also i am a quick and receptive learner who enjoys learning new things and meeting new people from different countries

Abstract

Study and Play Initiative: The Advancement of Mass Football Participation Programs in Nigerian Schools for the Improvement of National Health, Education, Crime Control and Social Harmony.

This study assessed the mass football participation programs in Nigerian schools giving references to best international practices with a goal of identifying opportunities for development, and improvement of football developmental programs in Nigerian schools, as well as national health, education, crime control and social harmony. A questionnaire was developed for the following elements of the model: talent development; athlete support; facilities; competitions; intellectual services; partnerships; and, balanced funding and structures of mass and elite sport. Survey questions were validated by 12 experts including academicians, executives from sport governing bodies, football coaches and administrators. To determine best mass football participation programs in Nigerian, 120 coaches completed the questionnaire. Useful exemplars and possible improvements were further identified through semi-structured discussions with 10 football administrators and experts. Results suggested possible enhancements at macro level (e.g., new partnerships and incentives for greater public and corporate support of football), meso level (e.g., additional sources and models for better coach education and facilities), and micro level (e.g., lifelong guidelines for health and excellence of everyone). Detailed were ways to provide mass football programs to all schools in Nigeria, more football facilities and coaching affordable for all, therefore improving national health, education and crime control in Nigeria.

Co-author: Iorwase Derek Kaka’an

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