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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.