The third stage of the Nestle Milo Football Clinic kicked off Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

In Port Harcourt, about 2,000 pupils are expected to feature in the programme that teaches youngsters the basics of football in addition to real life values off the pitch. The Benin centre had nearly 2,500 pupils in attendance at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

Through the first two in the series held so far, the Category Business Manager, Beverages, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Doja Ekeruche, emphasised to the kids that the clinic was a grassroots programme, aimed at developing the champion spirit in children across Nigeria.

She said, "Through the clinic, the children develop the technical skills of the football games while also imbibing the lifelong social values learnt from sports (Determination, Discipline, Respect, Honesty and team work). This makes them champions not only in sports but also in life."

The first leg of the 2013 programme devoted to children between the ages of 9 years and 13 started in Abuja a fortnight ago with the Benin City ending last Saturday.

The programme will run through six states with Enugu billed to host the event next week. It will then continue in Akure and Abeokuta in the following weeks respectively with Lagos hosting the finals on November 16. More than 14,000 are expected to participate this year.