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Ghana Rugby Report for Novemmber 2017


CONTENT

Championship introduces women’s league in historic matches        1

Ghana Rugby’s Needs        2

Ghana Rugby promoted to Bronze Cup        3

Ghana Rugby Calendar        5

Activity Schedule for November 2017        5

Annual Schedule        7

Forward Planning - December 2017        8

“Get Into Rugby” & Youth Development        9

About Ghana Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme        9

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)        10

Key Zonal Data - October 2017        11

GIR in Action        12

Training & Education        15

Key Statistics        15

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive        16

Fundraising        17

PR & Marketing        18

Archive        19

About Ghana Rugby        20

Championship introduces women’s league in historic matches

The Ghana Rugby Championship (GRCC 2017/18) kicked off in Cape Coast on Saturday 25 November 2017 with the first official Women’s Sevens GRCC in the history of Ghana Rugby.

Four women’s teams, Conquerors Ladies, Cosmos Buffalos Ladies, Griffons Ladies and  Dansoman Hurricanes Ladies, competed in the first match day to eventually become the 2017/18 GRCC Women’s Sevens Champions on 17 February 2018.

According to Rafatu Inusha, Board Member: Women’s Representative of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), it was a great day for all teams.

“We saw a very challenging display by Dansoman Ladies when they were playing against Griffons Ladies. It was their very first time playing Rugby, and they defended and attacked well, even though their ball handling was not flowing, but in time they will be good to go,” Inusah said.

Ghana Rugby for the first time introduced a Women’s Sevens leg into the annual Ghana Rugby Club Championship.


The President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, said

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that this historic event will go down as one of his administration’s biggest achievements since taking office on 5 June 2014.

“From the very first strategic blueprint in 2014 the development of Women’s Rugby was placed close to the top of the long list of challenges. This introduction of an official Women’s Sevens Championship is the first step of great things to come for Women’s Rugby in Ghana and indeed in the West African Region,” Mensah said.

 

 

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.

MEN’S 15s RESULTS

POOL A

Conquerors 31 - 0 Dansoman Hurricanes

Accra Rugby Club 13 - 5 Griffons RFC

POOL B

Dennis Foundation 10 - 0 Lions

UCC Spartans 5  - 3 Western Cheetahs

WOMEN’S 7s RESULTS

Conquerors 0 - 0 Cosmos Buffalos

Dansoman Hurricanes 5 - 0 Griffons

Ghana Rugby promoted to Bronze Cup

Ghana Rugby ended 2017 on a high note when it received notice from its governing body, Rugby Afrique, that it has been promoted from the Africa Regional Challenge Division to the 2018 Rugby Africa Bronze Cup.

In the announcement letter to Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, the President of Rugby Afrique, Mr Abdelaziz Bougja, stated the request for promotion by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) was positively received.

Bougja said the promotion came as a result of considering the good performance of Ghana Rugby in the Regional Challenge 2017 and the new status of Ghana Rugby Union as a full member of World Rugby.

He also said that contributing factors were the suspension of both Cameroon and Nigeria Rugby Unions and the impossibility to organise a final of the Regional Challenge between Lesotho and Ghana Rugby Africa.

In a statement from Mensah in London, he said that he was grateful to the Exco of Rugby Afrique for recognising the achievements and efforts of Ghana Rugby to help with the development of the Game in Ghana and indeed in the rest of Africa and the World.

It was a memorable year for Ghana Rugby in more than one way.

In April-May 2017 Ghana successfully hosted and won the Rugby Afrique Regional Challenge West 1 between Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo.

Immediately after the tournament, World Rugby awarded Ghana Rugby Full Membership that meant that the Union could for the first time apply for investment development funds and, more importantly, be considered for tournaments that will lead to eventual qualifiers for World Rugby and other global competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

In October 2017 Ghana was drawn to compete in the 2017 Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Kampala and managed to get ranked for the first time on Rugby Afrique’s log.

The promotion to the Rugby Afrique Bronze Cup came on the eve of the opening matches of the 2017/18 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that is scheduled to kick off on Saturday 25 October in Cape Coast.

Mensah also expressed his appreciation to everybody who played a vital role in the memorable achievements of 2017.

“It is always a difficult task to say, ‘Thank you’. Everybody who took part in Rugby in Ghana must be acknowledged and congratulated. Firstly my appreciation goes to the players, coaches, match officials and administrators who all sacrificed in many ways to make the last three years memorable.”

Mensah also said that the many volunteers and supporters who made contributions in kind or otherwise are vital cogs in the machinery of Ghana Rugby. He also invited them to get even more involved in the years to come.

He continued to say, “a particular word of thanks must go to our sponsors who have made contributions in the spirit of unwavering faith that Ghana Rugby will make them and the country proud.

There are too many to mention but I will neglect my duty if I don’t mention the following companies and individuals: World Rugby and Rugby Afrique, Olympic Solidarity and the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr Hayssam Fakhry of Interplast and Inesfly, Mr Tim Callaghan of the Panafrican Group, Mr Paul Kavanagh of the Golden Tulip Accra Hotel, the Gino Brands, eVerpure, Accra Breweries Limited, Paloma Hotel, our many media partners and the individuals who made contributions from scarce resources in our many fundraising challenges.”

Mensah said that the memorable achievements would require even more support and more resources as Ghana Rugby intends to put in bids to host the continental 15s and 7s tournaments in 2018.

“Ghana Rugby’s achievements on international levels are Ghana’s achievements. We are representing the country, and we hope and pray that our governing bodies will also come forward and meet its commitments and promises to support us, and indeed other minority sports, in 2018.

 

Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, with members of one of the 2017 sponsors of Ghana Rugby, the Panafrican Equipment Group.

Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, with members of the Golden Tulip Accra who played a major role in supporting Ghana Rugby in 2017.

More GRCC 2017/18 Day 1 Excitement

 

Ghana Rugby Calendar

Activity Schedule for November 2017 

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY / OBJECTIVES

DATES

PLACES

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

RESULTS

COMMENTS

GIR

Training

Tournaments / Festivals

See detail below

Ongoing

Regional Expansion

scrumIT Management System

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

Jun - Dec

Ghana

GIR Team

Started implementation of Phase II

Ongoing

I Play Referee Too

Incorporated in GIR Programme

Ongoing

Competitions

15s

Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Men’s 15s Day 1

25 Nov 2017

Cape Coast

250

Successful

Ongoing

7s

Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Women’s Sevens Day 1

25 Nov 2017

Cape Coast

60

Successful

Ongoing

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

Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) Women’s Sevens Day 1

25 Nov 2017

Cape Coast

60

Successful

Ongoing

Training & Education

Fundraising

Impact Beyond (Rio 2016)

Governance & Administration

Performance


Annual Schedule

Q4

2017

October

November

December

- 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

- 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

- Ghana International Sevens Tournament

- Rugby Afrique Bronze Cup

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

Q3

2018

July

August

September

- Eagles Camp

- Corporate Fundraiser

- Regional Association AGMs

- Annual World Rugby T&E

- Bi-annual Coaching Clinic

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

- GIR Courses for PE teachers

- Cape Coast Rugby Games


Forward Planning - December 2017

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

Week 1

27

28

29

30

01

02/03

GRCC

Week 2

04

05

06

07

08

09/10

GRCC

Week 3

11

12

13

14

15

16/17

GRCC

Week 4

18

19

20

21

22

23/24

GRCC

Week 5

25

26

27

28

29

30/31

2017

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

Jun  2018

- GRCC

- GRCC

- AGM

- Ghana International Sevens

- Rugby Afrique Bronze Cup


“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)

October 2017 has seen a marked increase in both GIR events and participation. Results for September were negatively influenced by the school holidays.

Females represent 57% 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 - October 2017

Zone1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

Zone1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

- Development Officers 13

- Schools 28

- Events 20

- Participation 133

- Development Officers 5

- Schools 21

- Events 12

- Participation 60

- Events/DO 1.5

- Events/School 0.7

- Participants/DO 10.2

- Participants/School 4.8

- Events/DO 2.4

- Events/School 0.6

- Participants/DO 12

- Participants/School 2.9

GIR in Action

 

 


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 L2 Sevens Coaching & Match Officiating as well as a L1 S&C Courses for 2018 has also been submitted to the GOC.

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive

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

Recently Added

Level 1 7s coaching         21

Match Officiating (Technical Zone Program)        5

Rugby Ready 32

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

Promotion to Bronze Cup

Championship Announcement

Championship Day 1


Archive

September 2017 Report

August 2017 Report

July 2017 Report

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

- President: Abdul-Aziz Issah

- Vice President: Emmanuel Linford Bamfi

- General Secretary: Abdul Nasir Meizonga

Tel: +233 24 912 0197

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: +233 24 392 4469

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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