The National Institute for Sport (NIS) Athletes Training and Development Programme is a product of expanded vision and mission of NIS in line with the 1989 Sports Policy of Nigeria. The NIS mandate as contained in Decree 31 of 1992, further states that the NIS Governing Council “shall expand the training roles and functions of NIS as its deemed fit for the overall progress of Nigeria’s manpower development” which necessitated the inclusion of the concept of Athlete identification and training of young talents to ensure elite athlete development that would constitute potential feeders into National teams.

Thus the NIS Athlete Training and Development Programme was conceptualized in 2002 by Chief Segun Odegbami, the former Chairman, NIS Governing Council; and Chief Dan Ngerem, former Chairman, Athletic Federation of Nigeria. Following the agreement on the way forward for athlete development in Nigeria, the duo sought the sponsorship of Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) to bankroll the new idea. The idea was to tailor athlete development in Nigeria along the line of the Australian Institute Sports (AIS) in Canberra, Australia by utilizing the National Institute for Sports as a spring board. With a positive nod given to the idea, the coast was open for a memorandum of understanding to be signed between the two Institutions.

The MOU between NIS and AIS was signed in Australia in the presence of the former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who at that time was on a mission to attend the Common Wealth Heads of Nations meeting in Canberra. This development consolidated the idea and resulted in the construction of the edifice called NIS, Athlete Training and Development Centre.

The MOU that was signed between NIS AND AIS was sponsored by MTN to the tune of AU$600,000. The treaties of MOU included the following:

  1. The production of a 10year elite Athlete Development Blue Print.
  2. Training of six NIS staff at AIS
  3. Equipping of NIS performance Laboratories.
  4. Technical and manpower exchanges between NIS and AIS.

The year 2003 marked the official visit to Nigeria of a five-man team of scientific Experts from the Australian Institute of Sports to carry out an assessment and survey that culminated into the production of the 10 year Blue print on Elite Athlete Development for Nigeria. The report was completed by the team and submitted to the NIS Governing Council in 2004. The NIS Governing Council adopted the document, forwarded it to the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development for onward presentation to the Presidency.


  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Disable Sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling

The target sports were selected following a detailed SWOT analysis of Nigeria’s sporting environment, and the individual and dual nature of the sports which could guarantee more medals with minimum cost against the team sports. However, the programme is flexible and designed to accommodate more sports in the future, once the sport meets certain stated criteria.


The National Institute for Sports is a Sports Education Institution located in Lagos, Nigeria. It was established in the year 1992 to help foster the production of homegrown professionals in the fields of sports reportage, sports management and sports marketing. It is the greatest sports training and research institution of the nation. Among its illustrious alumni are world acclaimed sporting figures like the late Chief Yemi Tella, The first Nigerian Olympic Gold Medalist Chioma Ajunwa, The Late Amodu Shuaibu among others. This institute has continued in its culture of churning out seasoned professionals in various fields of sports. Do you want to know more about this wonderful project?