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Youth and sports Ministry embarks on nationwide distribution of footballs to Senior High Schools

As part of the Ministry of Youth and sports’ initiative to promote football at the grass root level, the Ministry is distributing 1,230 footballs to public and private Senior High Schools nationwide.

Schools in the Greater Accra Region took delivery of theirs at the Rlg DG Hathramani Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister for youth and Sports, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah explained the distribution of footballs to the senior High Schools in the country.

He says, as the nation targets the next Olympic Games in Brazil 2016, there is the need to nurture the youth hence the second cycle schools are their major target.

 “We are targeting specifically Brazil 2016 for the Olympic Games and we are also generally developing sports in the country; hence the targeting of the senior high schools. We don’t want to use over-aged players in that tournament…and so we must be looking at the ages around 17, 18 and 19 so that by 2016, they can play when they are still under 23 years… We are confident that that through this initiative we will be able to unnerve some new talents who can complement our current under 17 and national teams.”

Meanwhile one of the beneficiaries, Ideal College Institute’s Sports teacher, Nana Gyasi, tells Gold Sports the footballs presented to them would boost sporting activities in the school because they believe in education and sports as the way for national development.

He added that “education doesn’t only concentrate on the academics or what is studied only in class, it also focuses on developing talents outside the classroom, by so doing, the talents of students is brought to bear… I think this initiative is a very good thing in the right direction and it is really going to boost our morale.”

Source: Gold Sports Team