The regional conference of Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship will commence today through to Thursday, May 25, the organiser has announced.
The regional conference which is the second phase is divided into four geographical groupings- Central conference in Abuja, Confluence conference in Lokoja, Equatorial conference in Enugu and Western conference in Akure, the organiser further added.
Speaking at a briefing at Nestle headquarters in Ilupeju Lagos, the company Category Manager (Beverages) Olufemi Akintola said the conferences will host participating schools at the aforementioned geographical regions.The national battle for the coveted trophies will include four team winners at the conference stage and two best losers selected on their performances.
Winners from the conference, which would also include female participants, according to him, would stage a contest at the national finals which will be hosted in Lagos State in June.
He is optimistic the final contest will be an exhibition of great talents with thrilling entertainments and Milo gifts.
He noted that there will also be a three-day camping of the top 50 schools after the tournament where participants will be additionally groomed by local and international coaches.
The Managing Director Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr Mauricio Alarcon, explained that aside from the health benefit of sport it is also an avenue for the development of qualities that set the foundation for a child’s future.
“These qualities include perseverance through hardship, courage to overcome fear, the ability to work in a team, self-belief, respect and leadership. It is why Milo has been at the forefront of sports development in Nigeria for the past 19 years” he said.
Alacron recalled that over 9,000 schools across the 36 states including FCT Abuja have participated in the state preliminaries of the ongoing edition.
He said since inception the event has produced professionals at local and international levels, adding that Nestle is happy about the yearly increase in participation which, according to him, is a testimony of the firm’s valuable contribution to the development of the Nigerian students.