Mr George Ben Arku, a former Chief Librarian at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), has urged the youth not to consider sports as only a recreation, but to use it as a tool to develop themselves physically, mentally and spiritually.YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

He said as a former athlete in his school days at the Adisadel College, he had considered athletics as only a sporting discipline, until he was selected to represent the country in international competitions.

Mr. Arku noted that it was there that he realized that sports was not only for competition, but it could be used to develop all aspects of one?s life, which he said, had transformed him immensely.

He made the call when he chaired the ?back to school? soccer tournament at the Football for Hope Centre in Cape Coast, organized by Sports for Change Foundation, in collaboration with Play Soccer Ghana and African Footprint International.

The maiden event, which involved five public and private basic schools from the Cape Coast Metropolis, as well as another from Abreshia, in the Komenda-Edina-Eduafo-Abrem Municipality, was used as a warm up game towards next week?s inter-schools sports competition.

Mr Robert Ayensu, Executive Director of Sports for Change Foundation, a charitable non-governmental organization, explained that the programme was to help retain school children in the classroom.

According to him, some children who stayed away from school could be enticed back to the classroom through sports.

In his view, school children should be given the opportunity to discover themselves through sports so as to effect positive change for better future.

The Executive Director said the competition was to foster harmony among pupils in the public and private schools, because according to him, public school pupils felt inferior to their private compatriots.

Sports for change is in its first year of formation, with an objective to develop the capabilities of pupils through five main sporting disciplines, namely, soccer, handball, volleyball, netball and table tennis.

St. Anthony Catholic Basic School at Abreshia beat Golden Treasure International Basic School by three goals to one, in the final match in the boys? game.

In the girls’ division, St. Monica?s Girls Anglican Basic School won the final game by two goals to one against Boss International School.

Gladys Ansah and James Arthur, both from St. Anthony Catholic Basic School, took the best girl and the best boy player awards respectively.

The five participating schools were each given a certificate of participation, and a football.



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