UG Sports Organises Road...

UG SPORTS DIRECTORATE ORGANISES “ROAD RELAY MARATHON”

The University of Ghana Sports Directorate, in collaboration with Dreamland Sports Plus is set to roll out the maiden edition of Road Relay Marathon on the campus of the University on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 am on the Athletics Oval.

This maiden marathon is a perfect platform for all seventeen (17) halls to fine-tune their teams for the upcoming Inter-halls Cross Country competition in October.

What is Road Relay Marathon

The Road Relay Marathon covers a distance of 20km with four athletes per team. Each athlete will cover a distance of 5km and hand over the relay baton to the next. It is a 5km relay race in its simplest term.

Head Coach encourages Athletes to participate

The Head Coach of the Sports Directorate Mr. Henry Nii Sackey asserted that this is a good opportunity for all athletes to build up their endurance and also for the respective Halls to firm up their preparations for the upcoming Inter-halls Cross Country and Athletics competitions.

“This relay marathon is an innovation which gives room to all caliber of athletes irrespective of strength and endurance to compete in this competition. It is a good ground for our athletes to improve their fitness and stamina knowing very well the competitions we have ahead of us.”

Prizes

Each participating hall will receive assorted products from sponsors and certificate of participation. The first, second and third Halls will receive a trophy, medals, certificates, and products from sponsors. Sponsors for the event include Mcvities Digestive, Baatsonna Total, Carabao Energy Drink, Paradise Water and A1bread.

With the marathon starting at exactly 7:00 am, the Sports Directorate in collaboration with radio Univers will provide you with in-depth information of all the actions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All is set for the Launch

The 2017/2018 UG Inter-Hall games is set to commence with a grand launch to open the 3-weeks competition among the seventeen (17) Halls of residence. The launch is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Basketball Court.

The participating teams will compete for honours in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball (women), Cross Country, Goal ball, Handball, Hockey, Soccer (women), Swimming, Netball, Tennis, Table Tennis and Volleyball. The competition runs from Monday, September 11, 2017 through to Thursday, October 12, 2017 on all the courts and fields.

Invited Dignitaries

Dignitaries to grace the occasion are the Vice-Chancellor Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) and the Chairman of the Sports Advisory Board Professor Seth Kwame Offei, Sports Advisory Board members, Sports Management Committee members, Hall Management and UG Community. Other dignitaries are Mr. Reks Brobby (UG Sports Ambassador), Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi and Mr. Yaw Sakyi Afari Sports Patrons for Football and Basketball respectively.

The Special Guest of Honour

The Executive Chairman of McDan Group of Companies and Honourary Sports Patron for the Sports Directorate, Dr. Daniel McKorley who also doubles as the Sports Patron for Tennis will be the Special Guest of Honour.

Exhibition Match

Avid fans of sports and all present will be thrilled to Basketball and Goal ball matches on the Basketball Court to give a foretaste of what will transpire during the 3-weeks period.

Public Speaking and Poetry Recitals

The University of Ghana Debate Society will showcase their prowess through public speaking and poetry recitals on a variety of issues covering academia, governance and sports.

A Good Platform to Whip up Enthusiasm

Ms. Catherine Asare-Frimpong a Senior Sports Organizer at the Sports Directorate is confident that the launch will be a good platform to whip up the interest and desire of students and staff of the university to watch and follow the games.

“I know this has worked in the past and I am very optimistic that the launch will serve as a catalyst to catch the attention of all. We hope at the end, we will enjoy good and beautiful games from all the participating Halls as well as some panache from the spectators who spice up the whole event.”

Vendors

The Sports Directorate’s quest to constantly promote physical activity for healthy and quality life among members of UG Community has prompted the need for sales of sports equipment and kits during the launch. To this particular end, we wish to inform the various Colleges/Schools/Departments/Halls as well as individuals to take advantage of this possibility.

Coverage

There will be live updates on Sports Directorate’s social media handles (Facebook: @sportsug, Twitter & Instagram: sports_ug) and periodic updates on its website www.sports.ug.edu.gh.com. Radio Univers 105.7 and other sister radio stations will also cover the event and inform the University community and the general public.

UG Football League To Kick...

The University of Ghana Football League (UGFL) for the 2017/2018 academic year will kick off on Wednesday, 13th September, 2017. This will be the seventh season since its inception in the 2010/2011 academic year.

Who won the 2016/2017 edition?

Akuafo Hall won the 2016/2017 edition with two sublime goals from Joshua Abayeteye against rivals Legon Hall to defend the title they won in 2015/2016 to equal Mensah Sarbah Halls record in 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. In all Akuafo Hall nicknamed “The farmers” has won the league on three different occasions and it seems like they may monopolize the league for years to come. Other winners of the league include Legon Hall (2011/2012).

How many Halls are participating?

The 2017/2018 UGFL will have a total of fifteen (15) teams (made up Halls of Residence, Distance Education and City Campus) put in four groups with the winner of each group progressing to play in the Top Four of the competition. A. A. Kwapong will not partake in the 2017/2018 league for fielding an unqualified student in the semi-final match against Legon Hall in the 2016/2017 league. They are serving one academic year ban.

Commonwealth Hall in difficult Group

Commonwealth Hall (Vandals) will face familiar faces Hilla Limann and James Topp Nelson Yankah Halls in Group B. These two halls have given the Vandals stern competition in the past two academic years with Limann qualifying ahead of them in the 2015/2016 academic year to make the Top Four. Defending Champions Akuafo Hall are in a relatively easy Group A. Other Halls in Group A are African Union, City Campus and Valco.

Where will the matches be played?

All matches will be played on Wednesday morning and afternoon at the newly regrassed Ajax 1 and 2 Parks and Nania Field. The matches will kick off at 7:00 am and 3:00 pm in the morning and afternoon respectively.

Coverage

There will be live commentary on Radio Univers 105.7 on Wednesday afternoons and live updates on Sports Directorate’s website (www.sports.ug.edu.gh.com) and social media handles (Facebook: @sportsug, Twitter & Instagram: sports_ug).

UG Sports Engage Potentials

UG SPORTS ENGAGE POTENTIAL UG ATHLETE STUDENTS

University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS

The University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) is part of a broader admission policy of the University of Ghana which serves as a guide for the admission of students talented in sports. The UG-PAAS is the first and only kind of sports admission policy in any Ghanaian tertiary institution.

Justifier 2017

After months of scouting and outreach programs, the Sports Directorate has successfully completed the fourth edition of the Talent Identification stage (Justify Your Inclusion) of the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) recording another highest turnout.

Big Interest

A total of 197 athlete students participated in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.

 “Since most of the athletes who came for the Justifier are training to represent their regions in the upcoming national sports festival in Cape Coast, their performance went beyond our qualification threshold. I am very impressed with this year organisation” – Mrs. Mary Yahaya (UG-PAAS Coordinator)

Arrival and Preparation

The five day residential camping took place at the University of Ghana campus from Tuesday, July 18 to Saturday, July 22, 2017.

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, all athlete students reported to the University of Ghana campus very poised to participate in the justifiers. This was followed by an orientation which sought to echo the purpose of the justifiers on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. 

Justifier

The actual justifiers started on Thursday, July 20, 2017 and continued on Friday, July 21, 2017. On these days, all athletes were tasked to perform specific drills to ascertain their sporting abilities. Mr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah Asare, an External Assessor and also a member of UG Sports Advisory Board together with the Sports Directorate’s Technical Team, took each discipline at a time and assessed all athletes.

 

In an interview with Philipina Yebo (Ghana Navy) on her thought on the drills she was made to undergo, she said,

“The drills are standard and very competitive. I like the level of professionalism displayed here”.

 General Feeling

Speaking to  some of the athlete students, it was obvious, that all athletes who came for the justifier relished the opportunity given them and at one point in time were happy they did sports at the Senior High School level.

“I am very happy that I played sports in the Senior High School.  I am even happier that the Sports Directorate of UG sees the importance of sports, acknowledges our sacrifice and is ready to give us the opportunity to further our education” – Joseph Forson (UG-PAAS participant).

In an interview with Mr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah Asare, the External Assessor on his thought justifier, he said,

“This year’s Talent Identification stage is very competitive with more potential athletes justifying their inclusion, this attest to the fact that management invested a lot of resources for the members of the Technical section to go out there to scout these potential and talented athletes”.

UGSD holds Kids Summer School

SPORTS DIRECTORATE HOLDS KIDS SUMMER SCHOOL

 

The Sports Directorate will commence a 7-week kids summer school from Tuesday, 25th July, 2017 to Friday, 1st September, 2017 at the University of Ghana Sports Directorate. This is the second year running after a splendid edition in 2017.

All Staff of UG are invited and a big discount awaits UG community.

Rationale

The rationale for the Sports Directorate Kids Summer School (SD-KSS) is to imbibe in the kids healthy living and promote swimming and Taekwondo sport skills at a tender age. The SD-KSS also affords the kids to distress and do some extracurricular activities entirely different from what they usually do in school or at home. The parents can still go on with their daily activities as if their kids were in school.

Sports Directorate Commitment to Healthy and Quality Life

The Sports Directorate through its programmes is very committed in providing quality services and building a culture of exercise and training to keep its clientele (across all ages) healthy and strong to contribute to the community and themselves.

Activities

The summer school for kids entails Swimming, Taekwondo, Cross Fit and Training Games. The programme starts at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The age category for the lessons is between 5 years and 15 years.

Preparation and Safety

Mr. Daniel Opare Okyere, Head of Fitness and Wellness Unit of the Sports Directorate, is happy about preparations so far, thanking management of the Sports Directorate and also upbeat of an improved summer school this year. He assures parents and guardians about the safety of their wards and entreats parents and guardians to enroll their wards this year to give the kids a different variety and spice to their vacations.

The cost of the program is highly subsidized for UG community members to make it affordable and increase mass participation by all. Click here to download registration form.

 

 

 

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