For Guaranty Trust Bank, the value of sports as an aid to personal development cannot be over emphasized, hence this public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government in 2009 to revamp ‘The Principals Cup’, a state-sponsored football competition amongst public secondary schools, which fosters team work and identifies local football talent at the grassroots level.

In line with this sports loving organization’s vision of raising role models for the society as well as using sports as a tool to provoke academic excellence in secondary school, the Principals Cup has thus provided the platform to create football stars who will become Nigeria’s ambassadors to the international community and participate in the discovery, career development and economic empowerment of local football talents.

The phenomenon known as football has proven to be a tool used to foster camaraderie amongst youth, the Principals Cup no doubt has continued to identify local football talent at grass-root levels as well as promote healthy rivalry.

The Principals Cup is an annual football Competition which begins at the start of a new academic session in secondary schools and ends mid June of every year. This competition has been instrumental in bringing back otherwise drop-outs back to school and has now extended from Lagos where it started in 2009, to Ogun and Rivers States.

The Lagos State competition, called the GTBank-Lagos State Principals Cup is run with the Lagos State Ministry of Youth & Sports and the Ministry of Education. 

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