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Ghana Rugby Report for July 2017


CONTENT

Women’s Rugby entertains Cape Coast community        1

Herbert Mensah inspires “Gutter-to-Gutter” Rugby        2

Ghana Rugby’s Needs        2

GARA Board Welcomes New Members        3

Ghana qualifies for Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament        4

Ghana Rugby Calendar        5

Activity Schedule for July 2017        5

Annual Schedule        7

Forward Planning - August        8

“Get Into Rugby” & Youth Development        9

About Ghana Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme        9

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)        10

Key Zonal Data        11

GIR in Action        12

Training & Education        14

Key Statistics        14

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive        15

Fundraising        16

PR & Marketing        17

Archive        19

About Ghana Rugby        20

Women’s Rugby entertains Cape Coast community

Women’s Rugby kicked off in Cape Coast at the Robert Mensah Stadium on Saturday 8 July 2017 with four teams taking part in a Sevens Female Rugby Festival.

Teams from the two Ghana Rugby Regional Associations, GARA and CentWest, came together to start what will turn out to be regular competition between women Rugby teams in Ghana. Women’s  Rugby is one of the pivots of the GRFU Strategic Plan and has been a high priority of the President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah.

“Women’s Rugby is one of the fastest growing segments of Rugby globally and in Ghana, we have encountered great enthusiasm from the girls at schools level through our Get Into Rugby youth development programme,” Mensah said.

Mensah also said that the biggest challenge facing women’s Rugby is the absence of any international female Rugby competitive structure in the West African region.

“Ghana Rugby has initiated friendly internationals in the region in 2016 and we have every time invited the participants to bring a women’s sevens team as part of the event.

To date not one of the guest teams who was invited could succeed in raising such a team,” he said.

“As with all our development efforts, the major challenge remains to get corporate Ghana interested to sponsor women’s Rugby in Ghana. Looking at the passion of both the girls and women I am convinced that Ghana has all the potential to become a major force on both the African and eventually the world circuit of Women’s Rugby.

A sponsor who can commit now to this development will definitely bear the fruits of goodwill and brand exposure in the future,” Herbert Mensah said.

Herbert Mensah inspires “Gutter-to-Gutter” Rugby

The President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah, has started a new craze amongst the Ghana Rugby players that he calls “Gutter-to-Gutter” Rugby.

Exercise and physical training have always been part and parcel of his daily routine and Herbert Mensah often combines this to take his dogs for a brisk morning walk in the neighbourhood of Osu, Accra.

This habit inspired some of the Ghana Rugby players to join him and to combine the early morning walk with honing Rugby skills in terms of ball handling.

 

Ghana Rugby’s Needs

Governance & Administration

The need to fund Constitutionally regulated meetings, salaries and secretarial expenses.

Youth Development / “Get Into Rugby”

Funding of Development Officers’ expenses to conduct sessions at schools, GIR kit, GIR events and festivals, GIR T&E, school tournaments.

Women’s Rugby Development

As strategic focus area of the GRFU substantial funds are required to promote and fund training/coaching, recruitment, match and other expenses.

Performance

The biggest requirements are the funding of the annual domestic league, The Ghana Rugby Club Championship, and Ghana Rugby’s participation in Rugby Afrique tournaments. Other tournaments on the table include the sevens series, beach rugby and U20 tournaments.

Training & Education

The requirement to enough qualified coaches, match officials and GIR Development Officers is huge and with that the funding requirements.

 

“By combining early morning exercise with improving that basic skill we hope to instill an attitude that any and every opportunity must be used to improve basic skills,” Mensah said.

Like no other sport, rugby tests all elements of true fitness: speed, strength, power, agility, balance, endurance and co-ordination. This fitness, however, has to be combined with handling a Rugby ball and being able to run with it, catch it, pass it and kick it.

Mensah also said that too many people believe that spending gruelling hours at the gym is the only way to fitness.

The early morning “Gutter-to-Gutter Rugby Training” is expected to catch on amongst many of the Rugby players in the country and one of the players think that Accra and Cape Coast residents may soon be inspired to join in the fun and excitement of the programme.

GARA Board Welcomes New Members

The Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) appointed two new Board Members at their Board Meeting held in Accra on 10 July 2017.

The Board Meetings was held for the purpose of ratifying GRFU AGM decisions that was taken at on 17 June 2017. These included:

- Ratification of the 2017/18 GRCC Rules as approved by the GRFU AGM

- Ratification of the approved new GRFU Constitution

- Notice of resolutions passed at the 2017 GRFU AGM

The GARA Board also approved a GARA Regulation on the Membership of GARA.

These decisions were taken prior to a GARA AGM that is scheduled for 5 August 2017 where the GARA Members will be asked to also ratify the same GRFU AGM decisions.

As part of the meeting two new Board Members, Mr Steve Noi who is also a Director of the GRFU and Abdul Nasir Meizongo, were also appointed to the Board. Meizongo will also take over the role of General Secretary of GARA in the place of Kukua Aggrey who stepped down due to work commitments.

According to the President of GARA, Abdul-Aziz Issah, the addition of Steve and Abdul Nasir is welcomed by the GARA Board who is convinced that the two will add tremendous value to the overall management of GARA.

Ghana qualifies for Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament

The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) was informed that the Union was drawn to take part in the Rugby Afrique Men’s Sevens Tournament that will take place in Kampala Uganda on the 6th and 7th of October 2017.

This tournament serves as a qualifier for (1) the Sevens Rugby World Cup 2018, (2) the Commonwealth Games and (3) the World Series repechage tournament in Hong Kong.

Ghana Rugby got into this tournament because it qualified as a full member of World Rugby on 10 May 2017 in a record time of fewer than three years under the administration of Herbert Mensah as President.

Eight other teams automatically qualified for the tournament, namely Uganda, Namibia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal and Botswana. Because Rugby Afrique could not organise a qualifier playoff between the other possible three teams – Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana – the executive committee drew in a transparent and unbiased fashion between the three countries.

Ghana came out first, then Mauritius and lastly Cote d’Ivoire.

According to Herbert Mensah, the President of Ghana Rugby, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity presented to Ghana Rugby.

“I have little doubt that Ghana Rugby is by far the underdog of the ten teams and may have a very slim chance to make the cut in 2017. The fact that we got this chance was not just luck. It took enormous effort and huge amounts of money to get in the position to even be considered,” Mensah said.

This opportunity to qualify for various Rugby world tournaments is another impossible challenge that we will tackle with everything we have and can muster,” Mensah said.

According to the Ghana Rugby President, the participation of Ghana in the Kampala tournament will once again require substantial financial support. T

The Union plans to reach out to government and corporate Ghana to join hands with Ghana Rugby to reap the benefits of being associated with the success story that is in the making.

Ghana Rugby Calendar

Activity Schedule for August 2017 

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY / OBJECTIVES

DATES

PLACES

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

RESULTS

COMMENTS

GIR

Training

Tournaments / Festivals

Kanda Schools term end GIR Festival

26 July

Greater Accra

200

Successful

Regional Expansion

scrumIT Management System

To incorporate GIR Activity reporting into the GRFU Rugby Management System. Changes made to reporting system

Jun - Sep

Ghana

GIR Team

Started implementation of Phase II

Ongoing

I Play Referee Too

Competitions

15s

7s

U19s

Other

Women Rugby

Training

Women Training - To improve, develop and understand the game and to create awareness to the general public.

Weekly

Accra

30

Successful

Ongoing

Match / Festivals

Sevens Festival

8 July

Cape Coast

120

Successful

I Play Referee Too

Training & Education

Bi-Annual Coaches Clinic approved.

11 July

Accra

48

Announced WC 10 July

To be implemented

To increase the knowledge of Ghana Rugby Family about various aspects of Rugby through World Rugby Passport Certification

December ongoing

Ghana

Reaching 1,000+

Ongoing challenge to Rugby family

See more here 

Fundraising

Impact Beyond (Rio 2016)

Governance & Administration

CentWest Regional Rugby Association AGM

30 June

Cape Coast

100+

Successful

GARA Board Meeting

10 July

Accra

10

Successful

Performance

HIGH PERFORMANCE UNIT

Discussions initiated with SAS (Stellenbosch Academy of Sport ) and Universities in Ghana

Ongoing


Annual Schedule

Q3

2017

July

August

September

- Eagles Camp

- Corporate Fundraiser

- Regional Association AGMs

- Annual World Rugby T&E

- 7s Tournament (Men, Women, Junior)

- Bi-annual Coaching Clinic

- Special Election AGM

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

- International Friendlies

- GIR Courses for PE teachers

Q4

2017

October

November

December

- GRCC

- GIR Zonal U13

- Schools U17 Tournament

- Corporate Fundraiser

- Africa Men’s Sevens Qualifiers, Kampala

- GRCC

- Eagles Camp

- GRCC

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

Q1

2018

January

February

March

- GRCC

- Corporate Fundraiser

- University Competition (GUSA Games)

- GRCC Final

- Eagles Camp

- Ghana International Sevens Tournament

- GRFU AGM

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

- GIR Courses for PE Teachers

- Bi-annual Coaching Clinic

Q2

2018

April

May

June

- Beach Rugby 5-aside Tournament

- Corporate Fundraiser

-Rugby Afrique Tournaments

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings


Forward Planning - August

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

Week 1

01

02

03

04

05/06
GARA AGM

Week 2

07

08

09

10

11

12/13

Coaching Clinic Accra

Week 3

14
World Rugby L1 7s Coaching Course

15

World Rugby L1 7s Coaching Course

16

World Rugby L1 7s MO Course

17

World Rugby L1 7s MO Course

18

World Rugby L1 S&C Course

19/20

Coaching Clinic Cape Coast

Week 4

21

22

23

24

25

26/27

Week 5

28

29

30

2017

September

October

November

December

January

2018

- GRFU Election AGM

- GIRP - Player Registrations

- Mission Kampala, Africa Men’s Sevens

- GRCC

- GRCC

- GRCC

- Ghana International 7s


“Get Into Rugby” & Youth Development

About Ghana Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme

The Ghana Rugby “Get into Rugby” Programme is a component of Ghana Rugby’s Youth Development Plan and consists of the World Rugby core programme to grow the Game of Rugby globally.

GIR Major Challenges

- Funding for activities, kit & equipment and training

- Blanket approval of Rugby as sport by the Ghana Educational services

- Overall funding of Ghana Rugby that hinders extension to other Zones

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

June and July 2017 has seen a marked increase in both GIR events and participation, especially in Zone 2. Results for previous months were influenced by school programmes and participation in the Rugby Afrique Regional Challenge by most DOs.

Females represent 56% of total GIR participation. During June a total audit was undertaken of the GRFU statistics that resulted in an adjustment of the “Stay” participants based on non-registered player estimates.

Key Zonal Data

Zon1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

Zon1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

- Development Officers 13

- Schools 27

- Events 14

- Participation 130

- Development Officers 5

- Schools 21

- Events 17

- Participation 151

- Events/DO 1.1

- Events/School 0.5

- Participants/DO 10.0

- Participants/School 4.6

- Events/DO 3.4

- Events/School 0.8

- Participants/DO 30.2

- Participants/School 7.2

GIR in Action

Osu Salem Presbyterian Junior High School

Al Waleed Primary and Junior High School

Al Waleed Primary and Junior High School

Richwell Academy

Osu Salem Community

William Wilberforce Int. School

Kanda Estate 3 & 5 JHS

Citadel Heights

Kanda Schools


Training & Education

Key Statistics

AGM Directive 17 June 2017:  "Rugby Ready" Passport Certification

1. That all Regional Associations (RAs), Clubs and other Rugby Bodies are tasked to ensure that every person involved with Rugby in Ghana (players, coaches, match officials, administrators, etc) complete the above certificate course before  the commencement of the 2017/18 GRCC on 14 October 2017.

2. That the possession of a valid "Rugby Ready" Passport Certificate is set as a qualification criteria for a player to participate in the 2017/18 GRCC.

Priorities

  • GIR Courses for Development Officers
  • L2 Coaches for Clubs
  • Match Officials
  • Females

Olympic Solidarity Grant

An application for L1 Sevens Coaching & Match Officiating as well as a L1 S&C Courses has also been submitted to the GOV.

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive

More than 80 certificates added during August to September 2016 - See more here.

Recently Added

Rugby Ready        23

S&C L1        10

Laws of the Game Rugby Union        9

S&C L2        7

First Aid in Rugby (passport certificates )        5

Coaching (Introduction to coaching)        2

Coaching (Key factor analysis)        2

Medical protocol for matchday medical staff        2

Coaching (Functional Role Analysis)        1

Concussion Management For the General Public        1

Core Programs

- Rugby Ready

- Laws of the Game Rugby Union

- First Aid in Rugby

- Keep Rugby Clean

 

Fundraising

The funding of Ghana Rugby is without doubt the biggest challenge that the Union faces. As spelt out separately in this June Report the needs for funding stretch over the areas of governance & admin, youth development, women’s Rugby development, performance and training & education.

Previous efforts at mobilising a task force was not successful, and in a new effort an informal initiative was launched resulting in some project introductions:

- Limited offer replica shirts (US$ 1,850)

- “I Love Ghana Rugby” T-shirts

- 2017 Ghana Eagles Album

- Crowdsourcing campaigns via generosity

- Introduction of the “Ghana Rugby Representative” system

The dilemma of Ghana Rugby was also outlined in a document distributed at the 17 June 2017 AGM, and it is clear that this challenge will only be overcome through a major attitude shift within the Ghana Rugby family.

No/Very Little Support From Governing Bodies

Small and “Poor” Supporter Base

New Board and Structures

The governing bodies in Ghana (Ministry of Youth & Sports and Ghana Olympic Committee) has made many promises, none of which has been met and probably will ever be met.

The Ghan Rugby supporter base is small and do not have the capacity to support Ghana Rugby in any substantial way. Fundraising initiatives such as those above probably serve a bigger purpose, namely creating a top-of-mind awareness of the necessity to “eat, drink and sleep” money.

The solution to resolve Ghana Rugby’s plight will hopefully be found in the appointment of the “right” Board in September and the actions that may follow that appointment.

PR & Marketing

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Archive

June 2017 Report


About Ghana Rugby

Constitutional Appointments

Greater Accra Rugby Association

CentWest Rugby Association

Secretariat

Operational Units

Channels

- President: Herbert Mensah

- Vice President: Ernest Hanson

- General Secretary: Bismark Amponsah

Elected Members

- Abdul-Aziz Issah

- Ernest Afloe

- James Nunoo Mensah

- Kobina Minta Nyarko

Appointed Members

- Rian Malan (SA)

- Steve Noi


- Constitution

- Strategic Plan

- Development Plan

- 2016 Financial Statements

- President: Abdul-Aziz Issah

- Vice President: Emmanuel Linford Bamfi

- General Secretary: Kukua Aggrey

Tel:

Email:

Clubs

- Accra Rugby Club

- Conquerors SC

- Cosmos Buffalos RFC

- Dansoman Hurricanes RFC

- Lions RFC

- Titans SC

- President: James Nunoo Mensah

- Vice President: Kobina Minta Nyarko

- General Secretary: Bismark Amponsah

Tel:

Email:

Clubs

- DENNIS Foundation RFC

- Griffons RFC

- Stallions RFC

- UCC Spartans RFC

- Western Cheetahs RFC

- Bismark Amponsah (+233 24 392 4469)

- Steve Noi

(+233 50 480 2773)

- Emmanuel Kalos

(+233 26 333 7073)

- Jason Dzata

(+233 26 993 5312)

info@ghanarugby.org 

To be added after September AGM and Board meetings.

Website

http://ghanarugby.org/ 

Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rugbygh/

YouTube

Twitter


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