INTER-REGIONAL SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES SPORTS FESTIVAL AT WA

The 29th edition of the Inter-Regional Schools and Colleges Sports Festival has taken place at Wa the Regional Capital of Upper West.

The weeklong festival saw participating teams from all the regions contesting for laurels in field events such as soccer, athletics, volleyball, badminton and cross country among others under both male and female categories.

In the final soccer match for the boys division, Ashanti Region defeated their counterparts from the Brong Ahafo to lift the trophy by an aggregate of 4-2 on penalties after playing a two-draw within regulation time.

The Inter-Regional Schools and Colleges Sports Festival since its inception in 1989 has become a very important and popular program on the educational calendar.

The event held biennially under the joint auspices of Nestle Milo and the Ghana Education provides the avenue for the unearthing of talents which are used to feed the various sporting disciplines in the country at the youth level.

The Regional Minister Alhaji Amidu Sulemani underscored the importance and contribution of the sports sector to national development.
He said the sports sector is an important area of human resource development of the nation.

Government he intimated is ready and willing to commit more resources to the sector for improved youth participation across the various sporting disciplines.

Alhaji Sulemani advised the youth in sports to work extra hard and remain disciplined in order to actualize their dreams as success is not achieved on a silver platter.

The Deputy Minister of Education Alex Kyeremeh stressed the need to track the future progress of the sports boys and girls for them to become national assets.

He called for effective teaching of Physical Education in schools to conform to the policy direction of the Ministry towards youth and sports development.

He said government has continued to play its role through the provision of sports equipment and financial support in the spirit of sports development.

For the overall competition, the Ashanti Region placed first in both boys and girls divisions followed by the Central Region.

The host region, Upper West placed 9th in the girls division whilst the boys came tenth.

SOURCE: GBC

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