The MoC Closed Trials are back! Are you a student and an aspiring athlete looking for the opportunity of a lifetime to further your Athletics career in Nigeria while pursuing your secondary & university education? Are you looking a Team that can help you go further than you could have ever imagined in the world of Athletics?

For the 2nd year running, as Making of Champions (MoC), Nigeria’s leading Sports Media & Management Company, will be holding ‘Closed Trials’ in September and October to unearth Nigeria’s next generation of Top Sprinters whom we can train at MoC Track Club to hopefully represent Nigeria at the 2020 Olympics and beyond!

As MoC continues to be inundated with daily messages from aspiring athletes all over Nigeria, hoping for an opportunity to be part of MoC Track Club, we are inviting Athletes of all ages (teenagers and above) to register for the MoC Closed Trials at 4 locations – Port-Harcourt (PH), Ughelli & Enugu in September & Lagos in October!

                                 Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu leading 2017 MoC Closed Trials in Lagos!

The age groups that we have classified for the Closed Trials are as follows: Youth (ages 13-16), Juniors (17 & 18) and Seniors (19 and over) – please do note that our focus is on the future, hence we are primarily looking for Youth Athletes who are still in Secondary School. However, we will also consider Junior & Senior Athletes with very high potential to compete with their peers at National and International level!

Last year, we held Trials in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Kaduna, from which 3 Athletes were successfully recruited to MoC, but we could not get to PH & Enugu at the time – now it will be a chance for young budding Athletes in the South and East to show us that they have what it takes to be part of MoC Track Club. What’s more, there will be the possibility of joining MoC in one of three locations – Lagos, PH or Enugu!

                                        MoC Athletes & Olympic Medallist Coaches at 1st MoC Grand Prix
                                 (Far Left – Uchenna Emedolu, Centre – Glory Alozie, Far Right – Deji Aliu)

To apply for a 2-hour Closed Trial with our Olympic Medallist Coaches Deji Aliu, Glory Alozie and Uchenna Emedolu, at one of the 4 locations for September & October, for please follow this link to do so:

The application deadline for PH, Ughelli & Enugu Trials is 20th September while the deadline for Lagos Trials is 4th October! (If you applied for PH or Enugu Trials in 2017 and would still like to attend, please do re-apply so that we have your current details)

Please do note that, unlike MoC Competitions such as Top Sprinter & The MoC Grand Prix over the last 3 years, these Closed Trials are NOT Competitions. Our Closed Trials will be an opportunity to train with our Olympic Medallist Coaches as they assess your potential to become an Athlete at MoC Track Club!

                      Olympic Medallist Glory Alozie with her team at Top Sprinter Bootcamp in 2015

Please do note that ALL our Closed Trials will be INVITATION ONLY. We have a limited number of spaces at each Closed Trial, therefore please do note that we may not be able to invite every single Athlete who applies. As such, please do make sure you fill the form carefully, and you may add any Optional information at the end that you feel may support your application.

We will respond to your application within 1 week IF you are selected for a Trial, and we will give you at least 3 day’s notice to attend the Trial. Given that most of our Trials will take place before the end of September, prospective participants are advised to apply as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment!

For any Athlete that eventually is invited to join MoC Track Club, you’ll also have a chance to be part of our Student-Athlete Scholarship, in which your Education and Training could be fully sponsored by one of our growing list of Corporate Sponsors, to help you complete your Secondary or University Education in Nigeria while training to become an Olympian!

Currently we have 5 Athletes who have been awarded Scholarships and our Sponsors include Shell (SNEPCo)ARCO GroupND Western Limited and Niger Delta E & P.

Joy Udo-Gabriel was discovered at Top Sprinter in 2015. Within 3 years at MoC, she’s now a 6-time Medallist for Nigeria, including C’wealth 4x100m Bronze and African 100m Bronze & 4x100m GOLD, all by the age of just 19!

If you’d like to learn more about MoC Track Club and the Student-Athlete Scholarship, do check out this video, and don’t delay – apply now for a chance to be part of one of our Closed Trials while you still have the opportunity!


Bambo Akani is the Founder and CEO of Making of Champions (MoC). He is an avid sports writer and photo-blogger, and has quickly become an internationally recognized Athletics Expert. He appeared in a new weekly Athletics segment on the Sports Tonight Show on Channels TV during the 2014 Athletics season and has also appeared on Jamaican Television and Radio to discuss the MoC "The History" Film that he Produced and Directed, and to review and analyse key events in world athletics.Bambo holds an MEng and BA in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University in the UK and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management in the US.


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