Bank demonstrates commitment to Sports Development
By Nsikan Ikpe
Nigerian banking prodigy, GTBank is taking its support for sports development a notch higher with its support for the Principals’ Cup.
Along this line, the semi-final stage of the GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup, Season 4, kicked off on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu-Ode with 8 secondary schools in Ogun state competing for a final berth in both the male and female categories.
Established in 2012, the GTBank Ogun State Principals Cup is an annual football tournament geared towards the development of grassroots football, the discovery of young football talents and fostering camaraderie amongst secondary school students. It also provides a platform for identifying, nurturing, grooming young and talented players as well as helping students actualize their dream of becoming professional footballers.
The season has already produced an exciting display of football skill and talent, and the semi-finals promises to raise that excitement with eye catching match ups in the male and female categories.
In the current phase, the first semi-finals in the female category saw Iganmode Grammar School, Ota tackling Our Lady of Apostles, Ijebu-Ode, while Muslim High School, Isolu took on Makun High School, Sagamu in the second match of the day.
In the male category, Alamuwa Grammar School, Ado Odo battled Adeola Odutola College, Ijebu Ode even as Pakoto High School, Ifo challenged Methodist Comprehensive College, Sagamu for the second slot in the finals.
Commenting on the tournament, Segun Agbaje, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, said that “over the years this tournament has helped pave the way for youth to cultivate their sporting talents and work towards actualizing their dream of becoming professional footballers, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives”. He added that “GTBank will continue to invest massively in youth development through education and sports.”
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc is one of the few Nigerian financial institutions that have maintained a defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy since its inception in 1990. The Bank actively supports in-classroom and out-of-classroom.