Atewa Football for Water
It is very true that the game of football ignites the spirit of oness and builds a strong binding force; one that harneses both the strengths and weaknesses of an inspired team to achieve shared goals. This assesstion was remarkablly demonstrated at the maiden football competition dubbed, "Atewa football for Water". The two day event started on November 26, 2015 at the Kwarbeng and Kibi town parks as part of activities to raise awareness on the bad environmental practices affecting the quality of water from the Atewa Range Forest Reserve. The event was organised in line with the Netherlands “Football for Water” initiative, which aims at raising awareness for water and sanitation projects in Ghana through football.
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The sports activity, which is earmarked for celebration annually, will serve as a rallying point for the youth within fringed communities in a bid to support the long term protection and sustainable management of the forest reserve and its water resources. It also aims at nurturing football talents in Senior High Schools and communities within the catchment area.
The event, organized in collaboration with the Eastern Regional Juvenile Sports Committee and the East Akim Municipal Football Association had a football clinic for participating schools. The teams were educated on the need to protect streams and water bodies as well as the benefits of maintaining proper hygiene and sanitation within their communities.
Personnel from the National Ambulance Service, also took the various teams through football injuries, simple first aid treatments and personal football safety tips. Football technical sessions involving rules of the game, technical skills, warm-up and fitness were also taught.
In all four(4) schools and Six(6) community based football teams participated in the competition. The schools: Kwarbeng Anglican Senior High and Technical School, Kibi Senior Hgh and Technical School, Coaltar Presby Senior High and Asamankese Senior High, saw Kibi Senior High School emerge champions.
The competition asumed a battle of skill and determination on the pitch, as the six community based teams; Asiakwa Red Lions, Juasoman FC, Vasco Da Gama- Adonkwanta, Apedwa Rangers, Odumasi Shinny Stars and Kibi Royal Babies sought to prove their dominace in the sports. However, the untamable Red Lions of Asiakwa, stole the show by wining the trophy with their impressive dispaly of football skills. Participating teams received cash prices, certificates, footballs, jerseys and first aid kits.
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