Accra, Jan. 12, GNA - A newly formed sports association, Colleges of Education Sports Association (COESA), aimed at developing sports in the various Colleges of Education in the country has been inaugurated in Accra.
The Association will seek to create a unique sports competition for students in the various Colleges of Education to cater for their sporting needs after years of competition at the secondary schools level.
The competitions will also provide the Colleges of Education with the opportunity and arena to unearth more talents for the nation in the various sporting disciplines.
Mr Alfred Ndago, National President of the Principals Conference (PRINCOF) of the Colleges of Education, said the decision to form the association was influenced by agitations from the institutions since they have outgrown their competitors in the secondary schools.
He described the inauguration of the group as "a dream come true", adding that it will serve as the right platform for students in the Colleges of Education to exhibit their talents at the appropriate stage.
Mr Ndago regretted that Sports in the Colleges of Education has been neglected for too long, hence the need to take appropriate steps to put it among the elite competitions in the country.
Ms Akua Sena Dansua, out-going Minister of Youth and Sports, (MYS) inaugurating the Association said the formation of the group falls in line with government's efforts to promote sports in all segments of the society.
She said it will provide government the opportunity to organize sports right from the districts to the national level, adding that plans are in place to stage the National Sports Festival by the close of the year.
This, she said will also serve as additional platform for unearthing sporting talents for the nation.
Ms Dansua said government will also take steps to provide the needed infrastructure at the grassroots level to enhance the development and promotion of sports in the country.
The Minister later inducted a six member Executive Committee of the Association into office.
The officers included Pastor Luke Abugri-President, John Eshun Famayeh - Vice President, Richmond Stephen Sokpo - General Secretary, John Listowel ZIlevu-Treasurer, Dauda Adamu - Technical Affairs and Cecil Sackitey, representing Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana (TTAG).