Also speaking, Iyobor charged youths to hold firm to education while pursuing other interests particularly sports, adding, â€œIf I had been out of school, Iâ€™m not sure I would have had this early opportunity of training tour in The Netherlands, among other benefits Iâ€™ve received from being part of the NNPC/Shell Cup.â€The 2017 edition of the leading youth football tournament started in May 2017 with the preliminary matches involving some 54,000 students from 2,750 secondary schools across Nigeria competing for honours.At the finals played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, on July 4, 2017, the Henson boys defeated their counterparts from Holy Ghost College, Owerri, Imo State by 2:0 to emerge champions of the 19th edition of the 20-year-old tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of the most outstanding players in the 2017 edition of the annual NNPC/Shell Cup, Ernest Ojelum, has won an International Summer School Scholarship to the United Kingdom. The announcement coincided with a reception to welcome Ernest and the other Most Valuable Player in the 2017 finals, Iyobor Arase, after a weeklong training tour in The Netherlands.Ernest of Henson Demonstration School in Benin City will be joining other international scholars at the University of Sussex later in the year in an all-expense paid programme.Announcing the scholarship awardÂ on MondayÂ in Lagos, General Manager External Relations of Shell Nigeria, Mr. Igo Weli, described the emergence of Ernest as the outcome of a painstaking process involving the partners, University of Sussex and Henson Demonstration School. â€œWe are delighted that our new partnership with the University of Sussex has brought a whole new excitement and incentive to the NNPC/Shell Cup to validate our belief that education and football can go hand-in-hand.â€Reinforcing this defining principle behind the 20-year-old tournament, Group General Manager of National Petroleum Investment Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Roland Ewubare, expressed excitement at the yearly improvement to the tournament which he said had made the NNPC/Shell Cup a standard in youth sports competition.â€œWe are encouraged by the emerging partnerships with Feyenoord and University of Sussex that have changed the whole motivations around the tournament, making it a household name in every part of Nigeria,â€ said Ewubare who was represented by the Deputy Manager, Community Relations of Public Affairs Department of NAPIMS, Ms. Julie Utang.An elated Ernest described the NNPC/Shell Cup experience as overwhelming. â€œFrom the announcement of my name as one of the most valuable players at the finals in 2017, the transformation to my life and world of experience Iâ€™ve been exposed to by NNPC and Shell are far beyond my expectations. Sometimes I think perhaps Iâ€™m dreaming.â€Ernestâ€™s father, Mr. Humphrey Ojelum, echoed similar surprise noting that youths stand a better chance of success in sports with a solid foundation in education as being promoted by NNPC and Shell.