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Ghana Rugby Report for October 2017


CONTENT

Ghana Rugby achieve ranking in Kampala        1

#MissionKampala (Contd.)        2

Ghana Rugby’s Needs        2

Ghana Rugby Calendar        3

Activity Schedule for October 2017        3

Annual Schedule        5

Forward Planning - November 2017        6

“Get Into Rugby” & Youth Development        7

About Ghana Rugby “Get Into Rugby” Programme        7

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)        8

Key Zonal Data - October 2017        9

GIR in Action        10

Training & Education        12

Key Statistics        12

Ongoing Passport Certification Drive        13

Fundraising        14

PR & Marketing        15

Archive        16

About Ghana Rugby        17

Ghana Rugby achieve ranking in Kampala

Ghana Rugby completed its kickoff to the world stage of rugby in Kampala-Uganda by beating Mauritius 26 to 0 to be placed 9th in the Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament that was played between ten of Africa’s best nations between 6 and 7 October 2017 in Kampala-Uganda.

Ghana Rugby’s participation in the tournament followed its acceptance as full member of World Rugby on 10 May 2017 and after it managed to convince the governing body, Rugby Afrique, to include Ghana even though it was unranked by both World Rugby and Rugby Afrique.

The first match of the tournament was a great surprise to all involved when Ghana (ranked 9th for the tournament) managed to draw 19-19 against Tunisia who was ranked 4th in the competition.

Even though the Ghana Eagles did not manage to win another match in the “Pool of Death” against Uganda (1), Morocco (5) and Zambia (8), everybody was in agreement that Ghana was unlucky to not have proceeded to the next stage and that their kickoff towards the quest for participation in global competitions was solid and impressive.

Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, said in an interview from Ghana that he obviously hoped for a better result but that he was proud that the Ghana Eagles showed the rugby world that they are not to be underestimated in years to come.

The Ghana Eagles team that managed to secure a 9th position ranking on the Rugby Afrique sevens ranking list.


“Thanking the Ghana Rugby Family & Friends for their contributions is always the most difficult task as you are bound to leave someone out. We thank anybody and everybody who supported us and will do so on an individual basis as well.

#MissionKampala (Contd.)

I will neglect if I don’t mention Rugby Afrique for everything to do with Mission Kampala, the Uganda Rugby Union for being a fantastic host, the Panafrican Equipment Group and Golden Tulip Accra for their sponsorships, Willem Strauss Marketing for facilitating technical support from South Africa, the numerous volunteers in Ghana and everybody else,” 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.

Mission Kampala Results

Uganda (1) became 2017 African Champion together with Zimbabwe (2) they qualify to the Sevens World Cup to be held in 2018 in San Francisco (USA), will take part in the World Series Qualifier tournament in Hong Kong in 2018 and will qualify for the next Commonwealth Games.

Read more here.

Ghana Rugby Calendar

Activity Schedule for October 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

7s

Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament, Kampala-Uganda

6-7 Oct 2017

Kampala

18

Successful - Ranked 9th

Ghana achieved first ever ranking in its history.

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

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 Tournaments

- 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 - November 2017

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Weekend

Week 1

01

02

03

04/05

Week 2

06

07

08

09

10

11/12

GRCC

Week 3

13

14

15

16

17

18/19

GRCC

Week 4

20

21

22

23

24

25/26

GRCC

Week 5

27

28

29

30

2017

December

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

- GRCC

- GRCC

- GRCC

- AGM

- Ghana International Sevens

- Rugby Afrique Tournament


“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

Zon1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

Zone1 (GARA)

Zone 2 (CentWest)

- Development Officers 13

- Schools 28

- Events 22

- Participation 416

- Development Officers 5

- Schools 21

- Events 5

- Participation 164

- Events/DO 1.7

- Events/School 0.8

- Participants/DO 32

- Participants/School 14.9

- Events/DO 1.0

- Events/School 0.2

- Participants/DO 32.8

- Participants/School 7.8

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

Ghana Rugby War Cry - Recorded by World Rugby TV

Ghana Rugby Board Elections

World Rugby TV Arrives in Ghana

Cape Coast Sevens

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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