The Korea Cultural Centre Nigeria (KCCN) is actively engaged in training sessions for selected public schools in Lagos State and Abuja from November 15 to November 24. The initiative aims to strengthen grassroots development in Taekwondo across Nigeria, focusing on specific basic schools in the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos.
According to a statement released by the KCCN in Abuja, the termly Taekwondo training project is designed to promote the sport at the grassroots level. Five schools in Abuja and two in Lagos have been selected for the KCCN Public School Taekwondo project. The selected Abuja schools with permanent Taekwondo training infrastructure are Nigeria-Korea Model School, Piwoyi; Junior Secondary School Maitama; LEA Wuse Zone 3; LEA Maitama; and LEA Wuse Zone 2. In Lagos, Boys Junior Academy, Mandillas, and Kuramo Junior High School, Sandfill, Victoria Island, are involved.
The Abuja training project, initiated five years ago, contrasts with the newer Lagos training initiative, which commenced in June 2023. The ongoing training session for the first term of the 2023/24 academic year is set to conclude on November 24, 2023.
Forty students from each school actively participate in the training sessions conducted by experienced Taekwondo instructors. The KCCN regularly supports the project by providing schools with uniforms, first-aid kits, and other Taekwondo training accessories to enhance the students’ interest and skills.
The initiative also includes a biennial U-15 Taekwondo championship, providing a platform for students from these schools. The most recent championship took place in November 2022 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, with the next edition anticipated towards the end of 2024.