Annual Street Academy Indece Day games: Sports Min. committed to nurturing talents

The Head of Policy Coordination, Mon­itoring, Evaluation at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), Mr Moham­med Sani Adams, has noted gov­ernment’s efforts to support young footballers in the country.

He said this in an interview with the GNA Sports after the Street Academy football team defeated Accra Old Stars 3-1 in a friendly encounter to mark Ghana’s 66th Independence Day celebration at the Bukom Astro Turf in Accra.

According to him the ministry was waiting for approval from cabinet to pass out a project which would support the youth in the country not only in the field of sports, but also provide them with education.

“As a ministry, we are in a position of almost passing out a project that will support young talent develop­ment in this country when it comes to sports. We are going to main­stream some specific sports acade­mies at central locations across the country, where the young ones can have the opportunity to have their education mainstream with the devel­opment of their potentials in sports.”

Mr Sani Adams noted that there was the need to make sure every per­son who had the potential in sports, be supported in order to develop the individual to represent Ghana at the world level.

He stated that the Ministry of Youth and Sports, led by Mr Musta­pha Ussif, was keen on revitalising grassroots football, inter schools sports competitions and community sports activities.

“The idea is not just to build po­tentials; the idea is also to ensure that these children are taken away from very bad influences that will lead to crime and other things, so we want to engage these children in various sporting activities.”

He said the ministry was working on developing 10 youth centres in the country which would help devel­op sports among the youth and build upon their skills.

The Chief Executive Officer of Street Academy, Ataa Lartey, thanked the MoYS for honouring the invi­tation to mark the annual Indepen­dence Day celebration and said the school was committed to contribut­ing to sports development in Ghana. -–GNA

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