Message from Simon Milton – Futurestars Charity Director:
“My Futurestars Charity Trustees and I were delighted to be in Lomé to witness the first Festival of Sport for Futurestars Agoe. The format was very similar to the Festival in Tema and Raman Ibrahim – project manager in Togo – and his team did an excellent job of delivering a very successful event. The success of any event is based on the commitment and organisation of the people involved and Raman and his team of coaches can feel very proud of what they produced. The Event was supported by the headteacher and staff from Cacaveli School along with local authorities and many local organisations from the Lomé area. The strength of our project is based on the relationships we have with the local community and how we can support them in the future.”
We celebrated our first Festival of Sports in Togo on Thursday 25th October 2018 at the JCA Stadium in Agoe, Togo. The event brought together over 230 children plus coaches, partners, staff, referees, the media, teachers, trustees and other invited guests totally around 350 people.
Fourteen football teams – 3 girls teams, 11 boys teams with age ranges from U13 to U19.
Four hockey teams, 2 girls and 2 boys who played some great hockey!
Boys U13 Football Tournament:
In the final of the U13 football tournament FSA1 lost by a single goal to FSA2. Winning the trophy for the U13 Group.U15
Boys U15 Football Tournament:
The U15 tournament final went into penalties and had the FSA2 team win by 3-1 FSA1. The team received a special trophy for their victory.
Girls Football Tournament:
The girls featured strongly in this year’s festival with the FSA team beating the girls from Cacaveli 2-0 to win the trophy for the girl’s tournament.
Boys U17 Football Tournament:
In the U17 final, Planete beat FSA by a lone goal – picking up the ultimate award for the U17 Group.
Boys U19 Football Tournament:
In the fiercely contested U19 final, FSA put two good goals past Jeunes Verts to win the trophy.
Boys’ 8 aside Football Tournament:
There were 6 teams involved in this tournament – 5 teams from the 5 member schools and a 6th invited team from the Future Leaders School. The boys’ teams played in two groups of three, with each team playing two games in each group. At the end of the round of games, the winners from group 1, Twedease Primary School played the winners of group 2, Future Leaders School and the former were crowned winners for the boys’ 8 aside Football Tournament.
Girls’ Netball Tournament:
This year’s netball competition saw 5 schools compete for the trophy. Each team played 2 games with Twedease and Batsonaa Primary Schools qualifying for the final. Batsonaa Primary School beat the girls from Twedease Primary School to pick the trophy for the netball competition.
Children’s Dancing Competition:
Each school brought out a boy and a girl for this year’s dancing competition. There were 6 female judges from the trustees & partners and 2 male judges from the Boogie Band. After 4 rounds of dancing, Eunice Agyemang from Community 8 Primary School was crowned the overall dance queen.
Fastest Boy & Girl:
A 50-metre sprint/dash was held to find this year’s fastest boy and girl. Constance Tetteh of Community 8 Primary School and Benjamin Lomo of Future Leaders School recorded the fastest times for the girls’ and boys’ sprint respectively.
Adult Musical Chairs:
The introduction of the adults’ musical chairs this year saw representatives from Yinson Production, OMA Group, Prime Insurance, Fendercare Marine, Hapag-Lloyd, Ghana Education Service, Akwaaba Volunteers, British High Commission, Charity Trustees and the Futurestars Team. At the end of nine rounds of good music and fierce competition Kojo Baah from OMA Group beat the representative from Prime Insurance for the overall winner’s medal.
Adult 7 aside Football Tournament:
At this year’s festival, 7 teams competed for this year’s adults’ trophy. The British High Commission team beat the defending champions in group 1 to qualify for the final against another new entrant, the Akwaaba Volunteers team. The final was played in great spirits and the British High Commission team came from a goal down to win the trophy.
Development Centre Show Case Game:
The U12 & U14 boys who receive special training and coaching at the development centre four times a week played a show case game during the event to exhibit what they had learnt in the last couple of years from our full time coaches Silas Donkoh and Wilson Burton. The U14 team won by a goal to nothing.
Hapag-Lloyd vs OMA Group:
The two companies on the day decided to end their banter and earn a one year bragging rights in a football game. Mr. Gary Miller & Mr. Tim Phillips representing the OMA Group and Hapag-Lloyd respectively, officially kicked-off the game which ended with a 3-0 whipping of the Hapag-Lloyd team.
The following winners also picked up special medals for other different categories;
Enoch Tetteh, Twedease Primary School – Best Player, Boys’ Football Tournament
Fafali Klevor, Twedease Primary School – Best Player, Girls’ Netball Competition
Ian Byrne, British High Commission – Best Player, Adults Tournament
Tom Byrne, British High Commission – Discovery of the Year, Boys
Doreen Nartey, Batsonaa Primary School – Discovery of the Year, Girls
Emmanuella Boami, Twedease Primary School – Best Behaved Child
Lydia Sekyi, Twedease Primary School – Most Disciplined Netball Player
Cleanest School – Republic Road School