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.


Established in 1972 and dedicated to higher performance in sports, the Institute has over the years produced over 15000 manpower in sports who have continued to place Nigeria on the podium in the global arena. Our graduands are predominantly engaged in service in National, State, Local Government, as well as in the sports clubs. A sizable number are in ECOWAS sub-region and other parts of Africa coaching and managing sports.