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Loofball Sport Development Initiative (LSDI) is a Non-profit Organization, Serving Youth Through Sport Whilst Facilitating Development Through the Power of Sport.



Our approach to sport development at the grass-roots level is centered on working with schools and physical education teachers to raise school participation and general performance of...LEARN MORE


We provide dynamic platforms for youth to actively participate in the lives of communities and to gain the required sense of inclusion and motivation to impact positively on their societies.nLEARN MORE


Engaging children physically and mentally is very primary to our work, which involves providing conducive environment for youngsters to thrive, placing value on their development, wellbeing... nLEARN MORE


We organize special programs to empower local youth by building their capacities to become leaders and facilitators of positive change and development. Through these programs, we...menLEARN MORE


We employ some peace-building frameworks to harmonize young people from diverse backgrounds, including those from disadvantaged communities, with a view to giving them...LEARN MORE


At the very heart of our mission is the drive to consciously and methodically develop a sports brand in loofball, by that unlocking ample opportunities for youth, enterprises and investors.LEARN MORE

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh has expressed his delight over the number of emerging talents discovered at the just concluded National Youth Games, which took place in Asaba, Delta State.

Senator Enoh stated that the Games is staying true to its purpose of providing a platform for young talents to be unearthed.

He noted that talents are not in short supply in the country, what is needed is the platform for visibility. He stressed that the ministry is not oblivious of this need, and his administration is determined to make available these platforms across the federation.

“This edition of the National Youth Games has given visibility to very talented kids that represent the future of our sports as a nation. Availability of talents has never been a problem for our sports, but instead the provision of platforms for these talents to be seen has remained our achilles heel,” the Minister said. “This administration is committed to ensuring that platforms are available for budding stars, especially in our rural areas.”

“While our elite athletes continue to make us proud, we want to guarantee the future by creating a production pipeline for emerging talents to come through, transition, get nurtured and collect the baton when the time is right on the elite stage,” Senator Enoh concluded.

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Delta State has won the 2023 National Youth Games (NYG) tagged “Asaba 2023” with a total of 116 medals at the ten-day games.

Team Delta bagged 51 gold; 34 silver and 31 bronze medals to emerge 7th consecutive winners, Lagos State came second with a total of 61 medals comprising 21 gold; 19 silver, and 21 bronze while Edo State came third with 21 gold; 15 silver; 17 bronze medals.

Delta’s win makes it seven wins in the seven National Youth Games since 2013 when Abuja hosted the first and Ilorin the last five editions.

Governor Oborevwori, who spoke at the closing ceremony of the games at Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba congratulated team Delta and other participating teams for their efforts.

Represented by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kingsley Emu, the Governor thanked the organisers for their hard work leading to the success of the games.

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Monday, August 7, 2023

In commemoration of this year's Safe Sport Day, we take a brief look at the Athletes' Declaration, a valuable resource developed by athletes and for athletes through a worldwide consultation process.

This ground-breaking document, which gathered the views and opinions of more than 4,200 elite athletes from 190 countries, was formally adopted in October 2018 and has become a vital tool to support athletes, no matter what their sport, age, or nationality.

The Declaration was specifically designed to support athletes of all levels globally and acts as a reference point for athletes’ rights and responsibilities.

Below are some key points captured in the document.


The declaration aspires to promote the ability and opportunity of athletes to:

  1. Practise sport and compete without being subject to discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other immutable status.
  2. Be part of a transparent, fair and clean sporting environment, particularly one that fights against doping and competition manipulation, and provides for transparent judging/refereeing, selection and qualification processes, and appropriate competition schedules, including training schedules at such competitions.
  3. Access general information on athlete and competition-related matters in a timely and clear manner.
  4. Access education on sports-related matters as well as to work or study while actively training and competing, should the athlete choose to do so and where practicable.
  5. Leverage opportunities to generate income in relation to their sporting career, name and likeness, while recognising the intellectual property or other rights, rules of the event and of sports organisations as well as the Olympic Charter.
  6. Fair and equal gender representation.
  7. The protection of mental and physical health, including a safe competition and training environment and protection from abuse and harassment.
  8. Elected athlete representation within sporting organisations of the Olympic Movement.
  9. Report unethical behaviour without fear of retaliation.
  10. Privacy, including protection of personal information.
  11. Freedom of expression.
  12. Due process, including the right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial panel, the right to request a public hearing and the right to an effective remedy.

The Declaration encourages athletes to:
  1. Uphold the Olympic values and adhere to the Fundamental Principles of Olympism.
  2. Respect the integrity of sport and compete as a clean athlete, in particular by not doping and not manipulating competitions.
  3. Act in accordance with the IOC Code of Ethics and be encouraged to report unethical behaviour, including instances of doping, competition manipulation, prohibited discrimination and abuse and harassment.
  4. Comply with applicable national laws, and the rules of the qualification processes and competitions, of the sport, and of the relevant sporting organisation, as well as the Olympic Charter.
  5. Respect the rights and well-being of, and not discriminate against, other athletes, their entourage, volunteers and all others within the sporting environment, and refrain from political demonstration in competitions, competition venues and ceremonies.
  6. Respect the solidarity principle of the Olympic Movement, which allows assistance and support to be provided among athletes and members of the Olympic Movement.
  7. Act as a role model, including by promoting clean sport.
  8. Inform themselves and be aware of their responsibilities.
  9. Participate in hearings when requested to do so and provide truthful testimony in such proceedings.
  10. Participate and vote in athlete representatives’ elections.
The LSDI remains steadfast in her commitment to safeguarding and ensuring that athletes exercise their rights in a safe environment.

In light of this year's Safe Sport Day, all sporting organizations and groups are therefore encouraged to commit or recommit to safeguarding, which is fundamental in ensuring athlete's safety, mental and emotional balance and freedom.

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Nigeria is one of the most rapidly developing nations in the world. The sports industry in Nigeria is booming. Let us learn the massive impact sports has had on the nation’s economy.

How Sports Industry Plays a Key Role in Nigeria’s Economic Development

Have you ever questioned why some nations receive medals while others do not? If they compete in sporting events like the Olympics, they also lack the potential to earn gold. Sports-related economic issues are prevalent in developing nations. According to some claims, sports accomplishments should be evaluated regarding a nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and investment in sports. It is especially true of a nation’s success at the Olympics.

A nation can rise to the top of the medal table with the help of a well-structured sport development framework and substantial money. The population is also important, and with 1.4 billion people, China was well-represented at the 2020 Olympic medal table, coming in second to the United States of America, which had 113 medals won and has a population of more than 300 million, with a total of 88 medals won.

Sports and Economy in Nigeria. General Situation

Nigeria is rife with political chauvinism, religious bigotry, and ethnic prejudice. Yet, these are usually set aside since Nigerians are always in unison regarding sports in Nigeria, especially football, regardless of their political affinity, religious conviction, or ethnic connection. The team they are rooting for at that time is typically what sets them apart. When selecting representations for the nation in international contests, routine factors like quota systems or federal character are irrelevant. When choosing who will represent the nation, abilities are more important than other factors. “One beautiful thing about sport is that it shelves the idea of political ideologies, ethnicity, or religion,” asserts Emeka et al. (2016:72).

Regardless of their ethnic, cultural, religious, or social economic backgrounds, individuals worldwide can come together through sports, putting aside all other differences and working together towards a single objective. Athletes from all backgrounds are invited to compete in major sporting events:
● Winter and Summer Olympics;
● Commonwealth Games;
● All African Games;
● Nigerian National Sports Festivals.

They are brought together to live in a single-game village and compete as humans on an even playing field. As Nigerians behave in harmony in favor of the national team or the country’s representatives, this is typically the case in tournaments connected to national competitions. The problems of sports in Nigeria are slowly being overcome.

The development and sustainability of peace can be facilitated by sport because of its special qualities. People worldwide are more naturally drawn to sports than any other activity, according to UNOSDP. It is because when sports are played properly, it is thought that everyone will have a good and enjoyable time. Additionally, sport is designed to highlight and enhance a person’s strengths. Thus, sports encourage self-empowerment and a hopeful outlook on the future, which are crucial for achieving development (United Nations, 2013).

Impact of the Sports Industry on Nigeria’s Economic Development

Sports events are no longer just about planning high-quality activities; they are now a significant tool for the economic growth of a local community, region, or nation (Van den Berg, Braun, & Otgaar, 2000).

According to estimates from tourism officials, the 2003 Cricket World Cup helped the South African economy by at least 1.2 billion rands (Hassen, 2003). Employment, economic impact, and direct spending were highlighted by Kurtzman (2005) as advantages of sport tourism for a community.

Mega sports tourism provides significant foreign currency exchange and expenditure in the sports host community. During sporting events, particularly the major ones like the World Cup, lodging providers like hotels and guest houses see an increase in business and profit. The demand for hotel rooms is constantly increasing, which raises the costs. Additionally, buying and selling non-sports items such as food and beverages, mobile phones and accessories, beverages, satellites, electronics, video cameras, etc. is always higher than the average buying and selling from domestic and foreign sports tourists. These items include sports shoes, T-shirts, balls, whistles, and “vuvuzelas.” Without athletes traveling from their homes to the sporting event or hosting community, there would not have been the high buying and selling of these sports and non-sports things. Sports organizers can profit from affluent sports tourists by selling gate tickets and reserving spectator seats for high dignitaries known as “Very Important Personalities (VIP).”

Socio-economic Benefits of Sport

The impact of sports on the Nigerian economy can be measured in terms of GDP, employment, and the indirect multiplier effect on boosting other industries while enhancing public health and lowering crime rates. The size of the sports industry in Nigeria is rapidly growing. Sport is an important component of numerous entrepreneurial activities, creating jobs for many in various sport-related fields and giving money and revenues to individuals and governments. Because sport is not one of the primary industries statisticians consider when measuring GDP, it is difficult to determine how much sport contributes to Nigeria’s GDP. The industry is, nevertheless, included in the leisure and recreation sector, which in 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively, contributed 0.19, 0.31, and 0.33 percent to Nigeria’s GDP. Due to inadequate funding and effort, sports provide less than 1% of the total.

Authorities state that sport also contributes to developing core social and interpersonal skills, reducing crime, and fostering a sense of national identity. Football competitions, for example, are one of the few occasions in Nigeria that have helped the country’s diverse populace feel more united. The sport also offers young people a crucial setting for developing life skills that will help them better manage daily life problems and steer clear of drug abuse, violence, and crime. Sports can be used to promote enduring human rights, such as the right to social security and equality for people of all races and genders.

How Sports Betting Plays its Role in Nigeria’s Economic System

More jobs have been created due to the significant increase in betting businesses operating in Nigeria. Sports betting businesses in Nigeria hire Nigerians for their offices and invite people to work as agents and own physical locations. These establishments are now increasingly common in Nigeria and have given their owners a reliable source of income. Additionally, the shop owners have their staff, who each receive a small portion of the sports betting jackpot. By partnering with and establishing sponsorship agreements with numerous organizations in the sports and entertainment sectors, betting companies have also contributed to the growth of the Nigerian economy by providing financial and other resources to several businesses and sponsoring community activities. Several betting sites that use AstroPay cards and almost all other banking cards are available in Nigeria.

According to sources, Nigerian sports betting is not developing independently; it is advancing alongside other businesses, most notably the banking, information technology, and telecommunications sectors. The easiest way to describe the relationship between these sectors is as reliant, with each sector benefiting from the other. Indeed, better banking and payment methods and technological improvements (more mobile phones, better internet) have assisted sports betting. Still, betting has also given back in significant amounts.

Since participating in the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952, Nigeria has sent athletes to every Summer Olympic Games except for the boycotted 1976 Games. 27 Olympic medals have been won by Nigeria in total, comprising 3 gold, 10 silver, and 14 bronze. Athletics and boxing are where the majority of the medals are won. The Dream Squad football squad won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and Chioma Ajunwa won the athletics gold medal, giving Nigeria its best performance. Nigeria’s second-best performance came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where Blessing Okagbare, an athlete, and the men’s football team both won silver medals.

Strategies to Support Sports Development in Nigeria

The main obstacle to the growth of sports in Nigeria is undoubtedly money. Support is required for national sporting bodies to put focused fund-raising programs in place and give sports the highest priority when allocating resources. The Nigerian government should also make an effort to adopt a thorough sports strategy that encourages participation in all sporting events in elementary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions and supports local sports’ growth. So that they can fully take part in the commercial side of sports, it is necessary to increase private investors’ faith in the sector. Due to these, the sports industry will become more lucrative for businesses and appealing for young people to pursue a career.

Bottom Line

We are drawn to one sporting event or another in our daily lives and activities, whether on television, the news, the radio, social media, or even in person. We frequently chat about sports, especially football. The rise of the information revolution has allowed sports to be a part of everyone’s life in the modern era. It is only reasonable to acknowledge that gambling in Nigeria has significantly boosted its economy in various ways. To reduce the stress of their problems and to find other sources of money, many Nigerians watch football and bet on their favorite team.

By Rebecca Martin

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Monday, July 10, 2023

The Chief Operating Officer of Loofball Sport Development Initiative, LSDI, Mr. Imoh Essien Bob has stressed the importance of sports, and loofball in particular, in empowering youth through skills and talent development.

Mr. Bob, while delivering his speech during the final of the just concluded FCT School Loofball Competition, said that sport benefits participants in many ways, both healthwise and psychologically.

According to him, "Sport plays a major role in shaping the lives of participants and spectators alike. Everyone who participates in sport and sports related activities do so for a grand reason of satisfying the quest for glory; others include entertainment, health, inclusiveness, self-esteem etc. It has also shown over the years to be a means of solidifying and sustaining peace in countries and communities all around the world.

"Loofball, the fastest rising sport in Nigeria brings to the stage a platform for the development of skills, talents, and potentials of our teeming youths."

He further noted that "loofball is so designed to attain its vision of being a sport for all, loved by all and accessible to all and at the same time rewarding".

To access his full speech, click HERE.

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The second edition of the annual school loofball competition, which held at Government Junior Secondary School (GJSS) Wuse Zone 3 Abuja, ended on Thursday July 6, with GJSS Karu emerging champions after beating GJSS Area 10 Garki in the final. 

GJSS Karu dominated the first set as they won 25-18. GJSS Area 10 Garki rallied back in the second set, winning 25-23. The two teams then had to be separated in the third set as it proved to be a battle of two equals. GJSS Karu eventually won the match by a narrow scoreline of 30-28.

The grand occasion was graced by many dignitaries including the Grand Patron of LSDI, HRH Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, who was ably represented by the Bwolo Bachama, Chief Kusari Ayisokti, the Deputy Director, National Festival and Para Sports - Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Representative of the FCT Universal Basic Education Board, among others.

Below are some pictures obtained from the event.

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Since its inception, the number of participants in loofball has increased rather exponentially, thanks to the relentless commitment and dedication of our members. We're working round the clock to ensure that more young people participate in the sport and continuously enjoy the benefits of sport and play.


Major Competitions

State competitions. Zonal competitions. National competitions.

School Games

Intraschool games. Interschool games/ competitions.load faster Peut

PE Sessions

PE sessions in elementary/ primary schools.yours

Seminars & Workshops

Seminars. 'Training of Trainer' workshops. bets

Camps & Outreaches

Holiday camps for under-15. Special outreaches. you

Special Programs

Special programs e.g. Girls for Sport, Health and Sport...

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