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Kanu helps Albion's Nigeria links flourish

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06:00 30th April 2014

Foundation coaches return to country to help deliver soccer camps

ALBION are continuing to branch out into Nigeria after forging a link with former Baggies striker Kanu.

The Albion Foundation this week returns to the country for the second successive year following a very successful trip last year as they aim to develop long-term relationships to improve the quality of players and coaches.

Last year Senior Development Officer Dave Lawrence and Community Coach Liam Wall travelled to Lagos to assist in the delivery of the second annual Greensprings/Kanu Soccer Camp.  

The six-day camp, based at a boarding school in the Lekki area of the capital Greensprings, was open to all children in Nigeria.

And Kanu, who endorses the programme, was on site during the week, as children aged between five and 17 were put through their paces by the duo and Netherlands coaches, who also supported the project.

David Shepherd from Euroworld Sports Ltd, who organised the trip, said: “Liam and Dave were outstanding representatives on behalf of West Bromwich Albion, maintaining the very highest standards throughout. 

“It was a real pleasure working with them, and they have many new friends in the Nigerian football community.”

Liam is now returning with fellow Albion Foundation coach Ash Hodgkins.

Rob Lake, Director of the Foundation, added: “We are really pleased to be going back and linking up with former star Kanu for this trip. 

“It is a great opportunity for our coaches to test themselves in a different environment and we are looking forward to maintaining this link going forward.

“We have already been out to India this year and we have further international initiatives planned, so there is lots to look forward to.”

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