Spanish football champions FC Barcelona have established a football academy in Lagos, Nigeria, called FCBEscola Lagos and the club will attract young talent to impart its famous brand of attacking and creative football. The academy will also espouse core footballing values which includes teamwork, respect, ambition, effort and modesty Barca officials said.
The decision to open a football academy in Lagos was approved by the club’s board of directors early this year as part of Barcelona’s growth strategy and it was announced in April.
The approval was made with the objective of expanding Barca to export its methodology and values to the children of Africa to guarantee them a “quality sporting education under the guidance of the club’s coaches,” said FCBEscola director Òscar Grau.
FCBEscola Lagos will host 500 aspiring soccer stars and will be the third FC Barcelona school in Africa, after the schools in Casablanca, Morocco, and Cairo, Egypt according to FCBEscola.
Barca officials says Nigeria was chosen because of its potential as one of Africa’s most populous and vibrant cities, and the wide support base Barca enjoys in Lagos.
“It is very important for us to open an FCBEscola in Lagos. It is a very strong project in an emerging country which is beginning to organize big sporting events such as the CAF Beach Soccer Championship in Lagos next December,” Iñaki Andreu, FCBEscola director of projects for Europe and Africa said at the presentation of the academy.
Barca has many prolific academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and the latest addition in Nigeria will bring Barca’s mesmerizing brand of soccer to Nigeria’s ambitious young stars. The new school in Lagos brings Barcelona’s total FCBEscolas to 21 academies in five continents and it will provide youngsters with the opportunity to chase their dreams.