This was our 4th annual Festival of Sport in Ghana, held on October 27th at Tema Sports Stadium, with 600 attendees and supported by our partners – Yinson Production, OMA Group, Prime Insurance, Fendercare Marine & Hapag-Lloyd The festival is a culmination of a year’s work and is an opportunity to bring together all the Futurestars schools and children from the local community, in total this year we welcomed: 300 children from our five schools in Tema, the Future Leaders School in Accra, the local Tema community. 240 adults from our charity partners, employees, Futurestars trustees, friends from the British High Commission in Ghana, representatives from the Ghana Education Service, and a team from Akwaaba Volunteers from Accra. Plus of course the Boogie Band! Partners Hapag-Lloyd, seized the opportunity to decorate the venue in Hapag-Lloyd orange and OMA Group, used the event to educate visitors on the need to keep our environment clean in line with their ISO Environmental policy and goals. They provided four large bins at vantage points and banners with the inscription, “Be part of the solution and NOT the Pollution”. The day’s event kicked-off with the boys’ 8 aside football tournament and the girls’ netball tournament which were followed by a dancing competition for the boys & girls, a 50- meter sprint to find the fastest boy & girl, musical chairs for the partners, friends & associates present and an adults’ football tournament. During the day, the children, teachers, partners and guests had the opportunity to interact and socialise to the background of music provided by the charity’s band, the Boogie Band. Mayflower Catering Services again this year provided food and drinks for nearly 600 people to compliments all round. During lunch, the official ceremony was held to welcome all the children, partners and guests present. The ceremony took the form of a news bulletin, which saw two news readers from Community 8 Primary School. We had a prayer and received the latest updates on education, foreign news and entertainment. During the entertainment section of the bulletin, two girls from Twedease Primary School entertained everyone with a rap song, the news casters on behalf of all the children under the Futurestars Charity, presented specially, handwoven and customized key holders to all the partners and trustees, indicating to them that they were a key part of a project and charity in Ghana that is helping shape the future for over 2500 children in Ghana Charity Director Simon Milton gave the welcome address and welcomed everyone again to the event and thanked all present for gracing the occasion and for their continuous support. Mr. Gary Miller, the chairman of the board of trustees also shared a message from the trustees & partners. At the end of the event, 12 medals and 6 trophies were presented to winners of the various games held on the day. Mr. Titus Bramble, Ambassador & Head Coach of the charity presented all medals to the various winners, Mr. Adam Goble presented the trophy to the netball winners, Mr. Tim Phillips presented the trophy to the boys’ football tournament winners and Mr. Gary Miller presented the trophy to the winners of the adults’ football tournament.
RESULTS – read on for the full results of the competitions 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. Adults 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 right 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