Other Sports of Friday, 1 November 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
Junior High School pupils from the Ledzokuku Krowor Municicpality (LEKMA) were, on Tuesday, taught the basic rudiments of playing rugby at a one-day International Junior Rugby Clinic by players from the rugby national team and staff of NMS Infrastructure (NMSI).
The clinic, held at the Teshie Salem Park, was organised by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) in collaboration with NMSI and HMD Forewin to introduce the youngsters to the joys of playing rugby and also to dispel misconceptions about the sport being violent.
Present at the event were President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mrs Gifty Annan-Myers, the national training manager, Abdul Samad Said, and Nicholas Oliver, Head of Business Development at NMSI.
The Public Relations Officer of NMSI, Amba Mpoke-Bigg, revealed that the organisation was currently constructing seven district hospitals in Ghana but jumped at the opportunity to sponsor this rugby programme because of the strong link between health and the sport.
Mrs Annan Myers added that she was very impressed with the turn-out and even had to restrict the number of participating schools to 17 in order to ensure quality coaching and supervision. She also hinted that the next rugby clinic might be held at the Dansoman Cluster of Schools.
The clinic was held as part of the “Catch Them Young” campaign initiated by the GRFU to help develop rugby from the grass roots, and LEKMA was the second beneficiary after the first one was organised at the Kanda Cluster of Schools in July earlier this year.