12th March, 2012
Telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, yesterday announced the commencement of the 2nd Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) U-17 male and female tournament.
The tournament is a football talent search programme, aimed at discovering and nurturing budding talents from the grassroots to the national stage.
The commencement of the 2nd ARS, an Africa-wide grassroots tournament, underscores the company’s avowed commitment to creating excitement for sports lovers as well as providing empowerment opportunities for Nigerian youths.
The Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Airtel Nigeria, Deepak Srivastava, said that the soccer initiative is the company’s contribution to sports development and youth empowerment in Nigeria, which, according to him, has brought immense honour to Nigeria before the global community.
“Considering the positive impact, immense value and empowerment opportunities the first ARS programme created for the youths across Nigeria, Airtel Networks Limited has decided to stage the second edition of the Airtel Rising Stars programme. This year’s edition will be bigger and better,” Srivastava said.