ABOUT FUTURESTARS

“Our long-term goal is to improve the life of every child who attends a Futurestars supported school.”

Simon Milton, Futurestars Director

Tema in Ghana is a busy, bustling expanding town and is home to some 400 primary schools

The children who attend the Futurestars schools come from some of the poorest communities and previously had no access to PE or sports at school. Sport delivered by full time qualified coaches gives the children motivation to attend school as well as a break from the working day and whilst this is for everyone – currently some 2500 children attend each week – the coaches also run after-school Development Academies for children showing particular promise in football and netball.

Working to assist in the refurbishment of the schools is also a priority as there are no funds for general maintenance and facilities in all the schools are limited.

Lomé in Togo is home to Futurestars Agoe, which offers top class coaching and runs football and netball teams across eight age groups in Lome.

BACKGROUND

It was in 2014, that OMA director Gary Miller started thinking about how to put something back to the community where the company was based, and where OMA Ghana employees live and work.

A chance conversation the following year with Simon Milton, then Academy Director at Ipswich Town FC and the idea was born, to use the skills and enterprise of the football club along with the skills, tenacity and local knowledge of the OMA employees in Ghana to help children in some of the poorest communities.

Five schools were selected, after close liaison with the Ghana Education Service. All schools are geographically close to the OMA Ghana office and all clearly in need of funds and assistance and with no provision for sports. Two full time coaches were employed and trained who now visit each school every day to deliver PE, football and netball coaching.

The following year Yinson Production WA who work closely with OMA in Ghana, came on board and spearheaded the refurbishment programme at the schools.

The results were beyond expectations, the whole OMA Ghana team has been integral in getting the project off the ground. The Futurestars coaches are working to programmes designed by former professional footballer and Futurestars ambassador/lead coach Titus Bramble, and the children are using kit supplied by UK football clubs. The children love it, and to get the coaching they have to attend school so attendance is up. The teachers love it and report increased engagement and attendance.

The PE classes are for everyone, but for those children showing particular promise, small Development Academies have been developed for football and netball.

In 2017 we applied for charitable status to enable us to ensure the long term future and growth of the programme.

“We are delighted with what we have achieved so far, now is the time to improve and expand the Futurestars project”

Simon Milton, Futurestars Director

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