Inter Universities Beach Soccer Tournament In September
*By Sammy Heywood Okine*
Ghana’s coast has been an important place for fish
trading, goods trading and recreation. Compared to other beaches outside the
borders of Ghana, many of Ghana’s beaches seem to be rather less attractive
and under developed.
Folks living along the coast do not see the bigger
picture of transforming the beaches into a first class tourist attraction
and recreational source for everyone, thus, have left the sea to continually
feed the beach with waste materials that they dump into the sea. Inadequate
education on sanitation, toilet and dumping facilities in towns by the coast
sometimes justifies the indiscipline acts like throwing refuse and excreta
in the sea and the beach, by the town folk.
When our beaches are not clean, people suffer
illnesses like cholera, and the sea becomes a chaotic habitat for the
fishes, turtles and other sea creatures.
According to Victor Kwame Kafui, Communications
Manager Beacon Adventure Group, they want to organize a beach soccer
tournament is being organized to; create awareness and educate Ghanaians
about the need to keep water bodies and its coast clean, raise volunteers
who shall pave the way by cleaning every coast where the event is held, make
the beach soccer more attractive among the youth and to educate them on the
need for exercising and sanitation, promote tourism in Ghana by showing
tourists how attractive, fun and rejuvenating our coast can be.
“With the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism,
Ministry of Sports and Education, Zoil Ghana Ltd, the media and the
universities, Ghana’s coast can be transformed into an economic cradle.
Moreover illnesses like cholera, river blindness, diphtheria shall be
avoided”, he said.
The main tournament on the 10th September, shall involve over 18
universities and institutions.
The Universities include; University of Ghana, Ghana
Institute of Languages, Ada College of Education, Methodist University,
Zenith College, Ghana Institute of Journalism, African University, Jayee
University College, Accra Polytechnic, Central University, Pentecost
University, Ghana Telecom University, Meridian Pre University, Valley View
university, Ashesi University, IPS, NAFTI, Wisconsin University and Ghana
Over 1,000(one thousand) people are expected to
attend this event. The tournament shall be played by both males and females
and seminars shall be held to train and educate participants of the rules
and regulations of the sport.
The event shall be played on the coasts of Kokoloko
beach (Ada-Foah), Bola beach (Osu), La beach (La), James Town beach (Accra),
Kokrobite beach, Bojo beach.
Beacon Adventure Group shall award prizes to
players, teams, officials and other organisations who excelled or
contributed to the programme.
*SOLMERT GH LTD DONATES TO SWAG*
*By Sammy Heywood Okine
Solmert Ghana limited, a Takoradi based company engage in the delivery of
offshore/contract catering and hospitality to oil sector businesses, has
donated five thousand Ghana cedis (GhC5,000) towards the successful
organization of the 36th MTN/SWAG on July, 2, 2011.
A release accompanied with the cheque and signed by the Managing Director
Mr. Kevin Hall, said the amount was the company’s gesture of contributing to
an event dedicated to honouring sportsmen and women in the country.
This year’s MTN/SWAG Awards, the most looked-forward to sports event is
scheduled for the prestigious Banquet Hall of the State House on Saturday
July 2, 2011.
In all twenty seven (27) sportsmen and women will be honoured on that night
for excelling in their various disciplines.
The topmost award will be a competition between boxer Joseph Agbeko aka The
Fresh King Kong and two footballers, striker Asamoah Gyan and goal keeper
Sports fans are supposed to text for the best sportsman to be part of the
awards. MTN has special prizes for the fans.
Mr. Danny Jordaan the C.E.O of LOC of the South Africa 2010 World Cup will
be the Special guest of honour. Other high profile personalities like
ambassadors and managing directors of top companies will be in attendance.