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Ghana Rugby Report for September 2017


CONTENT

Ghana Rugby Inaugurates Officers and Board        1

#MissionKampala Draw Announced        2

Ghana Rugby’s Needs        2

Panafrican Group Supports Ghana Rugby        3

World Rugby TV Arrives in Ghana        4

Ghana Rugby Calendar        5

Activity Schedule for September 2017        5

Annual Schedule        7

Forward Planning - October 2017        8

“Get Into Rugby” & Youth Development        9

About Ghana Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme        9

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)        10

Key Zonal Data - September 2017        11

GIR in Action - Cape Coast Event - World Rugby TV        12

Training & Education        13

Key Statistics        13

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive        14

Fundraising        15

PR & Marketing        16

Archive        17

About Ghana Rugby        18

Ghana Rugby Inaugurates Officers and Board

The Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) inaugurated a new Board and Officers in Accra on Monday 25 September 2017 following the adoption of a new Constitution on 17 July 2017 at its Annual General Meeting held in Accra-Ghana.

The new Constitution was adopted to bring the governance structures of the GRFU in line with best practice governance whereby the role of the Board as strategic management organ is divorced from the operational administration of the Union.

Mr Herbert Mensah, former President of the GRFU, was elected uncontested as President of the GRFU and was also elected as a Board Member. The newly elected Board subsequently appointed him as Chairman.

The other nominated Board Members who were elected include Mr Abdul-Aziz Issah, Mr Bismark Amponsah, Mr James Nunoo Mensah, Mr Kobina Nyarko, Mr Rian Malan (South Africa) and Mr Steve Noi.

In addition to the six elected Board Members a Ghana Rugby Union Players Association (GRUPA) representative, Mr Michael Ako Wilson, was also elected uncontested to the newly formed Board.

The Board, at a special meeting after the elections, appointed Ms Rafatu Inusah to the Board as Women’s Representative.

The election of the Officers and Board was overseen by a Board representative of Rugby Afrique, Mr Marcellin Zahui, as well as by the National Sports Authority of Ghana.

Read more here.

#MissionKampala Draw Announced

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.

The long awaited draw for the Pools of the upcoming Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament in Kampala-Uganda has been announced.

Pool A: Uganda, Tunisia, Morocco, Zambia, Ghana
Pool B: Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Botswana, Mauritius

➢ The winner of “Africa Men’s Sevens” will be 2017 African Champion

➢ Teams ranked 1 and 2 will automatically qualify to the Sevens World Cup to be held in 2018 in San Francisco (USA).

➢ Teams ranked 1 and 2 will take part in the World Series Qualifier tournament in Hong Kong in 2018 – to be confirmed by World Rugby.

➢ The best two teams belonging to Commonwealth countries will qualify for the next Commonwealth Games.

Panafrican Group Supports Ghana Rugby

In a joint statement issued by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) and the Panafrican Equipment Group (Panafrican), a kit sponsorship for Ghana Rugby was announced in Accra-Ghana on 14 September 2017.

The announcement was made at the GRFU Secretariat in Osu-Accra and was attended by Mr Tim Callaghan, GH of the Panafrican Equipment Group, and Mr Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby.

The sponsorship includes an undisclosed cash amount, kit for the Ghana National Rugby Team (the Ghana Eagles) and sports bags, and will be valid for a twelve month period.

According to the agreement the Panafrican logo will be prominently displayed on all national Ghana Rugby jerseys and shorts worn by the Ghana Eagles during participation in international matches.

The new kit that is currently in production will be worn by the Ghana Eagles for the first time in their crucial encounters during the Africa Rugby Men’s Sevens Tournament scheduled for 6 and 7 October 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

Ghana Rugby became full members of World Rugby on 10 May 2017 in fewer than three years since Mensah took over the reins of Union. This opened the doors to Ghana Rugby to take part in qualifiers for World Rugby, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Hong Kong Sevens tournaments.

The first opportunity that came up was the Rugby Afrique men’s sevens tournament that serves as a qualifier for the 2018 World Rugby Men’s Sevens World Cup tournament in 2018 in San Francisco, the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Hong Kong Sevens.

The Ghana Eagles, who are by far the underdogs, will face stiff competition from nine other African Unions including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Botswana, Madagascar and Zambia.

George Hammond (Ghana Sales Executive, Panafrican Group Ghana), Herbert Mensah (President of Ghana Rugby), Margaret Kudjoe (Admin Manager, Panafrican Group Ghana), Tim Callaghan (General Manager, Panafrican Group Ghana) and Gavin Sinclair (Group Director Parts and Logistics, Panafrican Group) at the sponsorship presentation in Accra.

According to Mr Tim Callaghan, General Manager of the Panafrican Equipment Group, the Group in conjunction with Komatsu Ltd is very proud to associate with the Ghana Rugby Football Union.

“Rugby is a team sport that is played globally with many millions of club and international players. We look forward to the Ghana Eagles progressing through the World Rugby rankings and wish them the best of luck for the upcoming tournament in Kampala,” Callaghan said.

Panafrican sells and services the Komatsu range of earthmoving and mining equipment in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.

Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, welcomed the addition of Panafrican as a proud sponsor of Ghana Rugby and said that some corporate bodies such as Interplast, Inesfly, the Gino brands, the Golden Tulip Accra, eVerpure and Africa Mining Services have all come forward in the past to support Ghana Rugby.

“The addition of the Panafrican Group to the list of companies who have supported Ghana Rugby is not only welcomed but highly appreciated,” Mensah said.

Read more here.

World Rugby TV Arrives in Ghana        

World Rugby TV arrived in Ghana with a film crew to compile features on Ghana Rugby for World Rugby TV.

Mr Richard Melton arrived in Ghana on Sunday 24 September and had a busy schedule that included various interviews, a visit to Cape Coast to observe community Rugby activities, a view of the Ghana Eagles’ preparation for Mission Kampala, a session with Rafatu Inusah and the women driving women’s rugby in Ghana and an early morning “Gutter-to-Gutter” rugby session.

AGENDA WORLD RUGBY TV

Arrive Sunday 24 September 21:20

Monday 25 September

9:30 am Board Election

12 pm - 1 pm Interview Herbert Mensah

pm Shots of Accra (National Stadium, Max Brito Shots, Salem Park, Viewpoints)

Tuesday 26 September

Depart for Cape Coast 7:30am

- Elmina Castle

- Beach Community Session (young kids)

Depart from Cape Coast 6pm

Wednesday 25 September

08:30 - 11:00 Eagles training

12:00 Ghana Haka

15:00 Women's 7s "match"

Thursday 28 September

05:00  "Gutter-to-Gutter"

Wrap with Herbert Mensah and pickups

Depart 22:20⁠⁠⁠⁠

Ghana Rugby Calendar

Activity Schedule for September 2017 

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY / OBJECTIVES

DATES

PLACES

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS

RESULTS

COMMENTS

GIR

Training

Tournaments / Festivals

Limited activity due to school holidays

Ongoing

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

Incorporated in GIR Programme

Ongoing

Competitions

15s

7s

Cape Coast Sevens

4 Sep 2017

Cape Coast

150

Successful

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

Training & Education

Fundraising

“Ghana Rugby CHAMPS” Initiative

Sep

Accra

NA

Ongoing

Ongoing

Impact Beyond (Rio 2016)

Governance & Administration

Ghana Rugby Board Elections

25 Sep 2017

Accra

15

Successful

Performance


Annual Schedule

Q3

2017

July

August

September

- Eagles Camp

- Corporate Fundraiser

- Regional Association AGMs

- Annual World Rugby T&E

- Bi-annual Coaching Clinic

- Special Election AGM

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

- GIR Courses for PE teachers

- World Rugby TV Documentary

- Cape Coast Rugby Games

Q4

2017

October

November

December

- 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

- Ghana International Sevens Tournament

-Rugby Afrique Tournaments

- Board & Rugby Body Meetings

Forward Planning - October 2017

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

Week 1

01

Week 2

02 Mission Kampala Preparation

03 Depart for Kampala

04 Mission Kampala Preparation

05 Mission Kampala Preparation

06 Day 1 Mission Kampala

07/08

Day 2 Mission Kampala

Week 3

09

10

11

12

13

14/15

Week 4

16

17

18

19

20

21/22

Week 5

23

24

25

26

27

28/29

Week 6

30

31

2017

November

December

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

- GRCC

- GRCC

- GRCC

- GRCC

- GRCC


“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 August were negatively influenced by the school holidays.

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 - September 2017

Zon1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

Zon1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

- Development Officers 13

- Schools 28

- Events 7

- Participation 4

- Development Officers 5

- Schools 21

- Events 4

- Participation 41

- Events/DO 0.5

- Events/School 0.2

- Participants/DO 0.3

- Participants/School 0.1

- Events/DO 0.8

- Events/School 0.2

- Participants/DO 8.2

- Participants/School 2.0

GIR in Action - Cape Coast Event - World Rugby TV


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

Level 1 7s coaching         21

Match Officiating (Technical Zone Program)        5

Concussion Management for Doctors and Healthcare Professionals        1

Immediate Care In Rugby        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

Ghana Rugby War Cry - Recorded by World Rugby TV

Ghana Rugby Board Elections

World Rugby TV Arrives in Ghana

Cape Coast Sevens

Archive

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: 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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