The National Sports College (NSC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) have held a sensitisation workshop for stakeholders of the upcoming Public Private Partnership (PPP) project that will upgrade the NSC into a Centre of Excellence in the sub-region.
The workshop, held in two phases attracted personnel of the College, MoYS, National Sports Authority (NSA) officials and representatives from various sports federations while the second had the Omanhene of the Effutu Traditional Area, Nenyin Ghartey VII, representatives from the municipal assembly, education directorate, Police, Fire and Prison Services among other dignitaries.
The partnership will see to the establishment of an ultra-modern office complex, football fields, an Olympic-size swimming pool, accommodation apartments, a modern sports hall, training and conference halls, and multi-purpose sports courts, among other facilities.
The PPP forms part of a $1.2 million grant from the World Bank for infrastructural development of the college.
Director of the college, Mr. Erasmus Adorkor explained that government approved the PPP project in 2011 to train sports administrators and athletes for the various national teams.
He said national teams were using the college’s facilities for their training and camping, but due to the current state of the college, it has been abandoned.
He added that they want to go back and have modern facilities to keep the college active, saying: “With PPP, we will have another means of revenue generation for the college.”
The Director also mentioned that the aim of the project is to make the National Sports College a centre of excellence in sports, and added that they hope to begin in January next year.
Crisil Infrastructural Solutions, consultants for the project presented the project plan to stakeholders present and sought their views and comments in order to enrich the infrastructural report before the project takes off.