RECRUITMENT PROCESS – UG-PAAS
After three years of successful implementation of the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS), the University of Ghana Sports Directorate is organizing the fourth edition of the Justify Your Inclusion from Tuesday July 18 - Saturday 22, 2017 at the University of Ghana.
UG-PAAS in Practice
The UG-PAAS serves as a strategy for admitting talented student athletes after successfully going through the Justify Your Inclusion and ultimately meeting the academic requirements of the University of Ghana.
The fourth edition of the Justifiers will see potential athlete students participating in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.
The UG-PAAS follows a process of Talent-hunt (Scouting), Talent Identification (through Justifiers) and Talent Development (training and mentoring after gaining admission).
After a series of outreach and scouting programs by the Sports Directorate with partner schools in all ten regions in the country, coupled with some recommendations and publicity by various media outlets, a total of One Hundred and Fifty (150) student athletes have been invited to participate in the justifies at University of Ghana.
The justifiers form the climax of the UG-PAAS Talent Identification process where the identified students would have to justify their athletic abilities and potentials. However, final selection will be guided by performance standards (WASSCE) and thresholds as indicated in the UG-PAAS Admission Form for all disciplines.
Performance of Some UG-PAAS Athletes
We have seen some sensational athletes grace the fields, courts and tracks donning the colours of this great University courtesy of the UG-PAAS policy. The likes of Sandra Konadu who is part of the University’s 4x100m team who are currently African Champions picking up a Gold medal at the 8th All Africa University Games at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) organised by The Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) in 2016 and also set a new record of 46.62 seconds at Cape Coast during the Mini-Ghana Universities Sports Association earlier this year.
Joshua Abayeteye a level 200 student who was adjudged the Best Player of the University of Ghana Football League is also a beneficiary as well as Ida Mensah who ran her personal best of 11.66 seconds during the Ghana Circuit Games in Kumasi in April 2017 and also made the 2nd Best 100 meters women’s time EVER in Ghana. She is currently one of two athletes from the University of Ghana to be selected to be part of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) Speedsters Club in association with Adidas under The Ghana’s Fastest Human Athletics Programme.
Emmanuel Wolff was voted The Sportsman of the Year for 2016/2017 academic year at the UG Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Awards Night after an excellent performance in the Basketball Inter-hall League and won Gold at the Mini-Ghana Universities Sports Association held in Cape Coast this year. He is part of the reigning Best Basketball team in Africa after UG picked Gold in the 8th All Africa University Games at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) organised by The Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) in 2016.
The Director of Sports, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu is very optimistic of admitting very quality athletes to beef up the respective University Teams judging from the exploits of student athletes such as Sandra Konadu, Ida Mensah, Joycelyn Assafuah, Misiso Yayra (All Athletics), Anti Nana Bimpong (High Jumper), Abdul Rauf Mohammed (Handball), and Joshua Abayeteye (Football);
“The performance of student athletes admitted through this policy in previous years proves that the strategy is working. Clearly we could not have achieved all these successes without this policy. Absolutely NOT!!!”
In an interview with Coach Mary Yahaya (UG-PAAS Coordinator) on the preparation and expectations of the Sports Directorate, she said …
“We have done all the necessary homework we need to do – gathering information on all the student athletes coming for the exercise and inviting an external supervisor who is an expert in this field to ensure we have transparency in the process. This year we expect very good athletes to come through because it is a national festival season and majority of the athletes coming are training with their respective regional teams for the games to be held in Cape Coast in August – September.”