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A NEW BEGINNING

On many beaches across Ghana, it had been played as a fun game with liberal rules and no structures. Few could have envisaged the enormous potential of beach soccer in the years ahead.

Since its unofficial formation in 2008 as a registered sports association under the National Sports Council (NSC), now National Sports Authority (NSA), Beach Soccer has developed in leaps and bounds in Ghana.

The national Beach Soccer League was launched in 2011 with the support of CalBank. This was followed by the formation of the national beach soccer team ‘The Black Sharks’ in 2013. Two years later, Ghana attained its highest Beach Soccer ranking by FIFA (59th) and CAF (8th) in 2015.

Through the vision, sacrifices, determination and hard work of beach soccer officials, team managers, players and sponsors CalBank, beach soccer has grown from an unknown sport to almost household recognition in Ghana; and still gaining grounds.

The launch of the national league, formation of a national team and three consecutive Beach Soccer AFCON appearances (Morocco 2013, Seychelles 2015 and Nigeria 2016), propelled the sport to apply for full adoption by the Ghana Football Association to be under the GFA umbrella with technical, logistics and management support.

This transition from semi- autonomous association to full affiliation with the GFA was first initiated in 2015 when Ghana played Uganda home and away for a place at the 2015 AFCON Beach Soccer Tournament in Seychelles. The GFA gave assurances that it would seriously consider such an adoption. Over the years, Beach Soccer Ghana has struck a good relationship with local leaders, youth groups, NGO’s and other key stakeholders in beach soccer communities.

The GBSA believes that there can be no lasting and meaningful success unless the very communities in which the sport is played operates at the heart of this emerging sport. This policy of ‘’sports in communities for communities’’ is at the heart of the Ghana Beach Soccer vision and philosophy. Over the years, in partnership with Youth Volunteers Brigade and various Coastal Communities, Beach Soccer Ghana seeks to strengthen existing structures and foundations in coastal communities to boost the new Beach Soccer Industry.

Yaw Ampofo Ankrah

Yaw Ampofo Ankrah

Founding Member / Chairman

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.

 

After a decade of challenging but very exciting experiences, coupled with the knowledge of what can work and what does not work when it comes to Beach Soccer. I’m humbled to share some fascinating lessons.

Beyond the beautiful pulsating game of beach soccer on our golden sands, a big responsibility has been placed upon our (stakeholders) shoulders to leave a lasting legacy. Despite numerous challenges confronting coastal communities, the coalition of partners in the fight against poverty, under development and sanitation degradation continues to step up activities along the coast. Every weekend, the Ghana Beach Soccer Association, beach soccer players, coaches, fans and related groups mobilize the youth in targeted beach communities for what is now popularly known as the “Sanitation Storm”. Simply meaning ‘’Storming’’ a beach to clear refuse and engage the youth. This critical aspect of beach soccer is rarely reported or publicised but has made a huge impact in dozens of communities from Keta in the Volta Region to Axim in the Western Region of Ghana.

The weekly sanitation workshop commences with demonstration and talks on SANITATION and the VOLUNTARISM by the Youth Volunteers Brigade and other partners. Gradually, the idea is catching on that communities cannot leave such initiatives to government alone but rather, encourage the youth to create opportunities, take the lead and solicit for help from corporate Ghana, local and foreign agencies. After a slow start almost a decade ago, the project is on-going and getting bigger and better.

GFA BEACH SOCCER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2020

Yaw Ampofo Ankrah

Yaw Ampofo Ankrah

Chairman (Media/Communications)

A former student of St. Aloysius College in the UK, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah studied Humanities and Media (BA) at the Birkbeck University of London.

A former BBC radio anchor and reporter, he was based at the renowned Bush House studios in London for nearly four years as BBC Fast Track presenter. As a regular correspondent for South African based Sports Media giants Supersport, Yaw anchored the Ghana Premier League and was selected as the Team Ghana World Cup correspondent for Brazil 2014.

After World Cup SA 2010 and following his move into partial Sports administration, he set up the Books and Boots Foundation; a sports/education vehicle operating in some deprived communities across Ghana.

Ampofo Ankrah was the founding President of the Ghana Beach Soccer Association until he was appointed Chairman of Beach Soccer in Ghana by the GFA in 2019.

In 2015, as the Navigator of Walkers Club Ghana, he organised over 33 fitness and general health awareness walks in 8 out of the 16 regions in Ghana.

Ampofo Ankrah is also a radio and television content producer with over 20 years media experience with Choice FM, Joy FM, Atlantis Radio, Metro TV, TV3 and Yfm. Known in media circles as ‘’The Motivator’’, he cuts across from being Radio presenter, Television host, Youth advocate, social commentator, PR Consultant and Sports administrator. Today, the Motivator is a household name when it comes to the media, events, promotions and innovation in the sports industry in Ghana.

His association with Beach Soccer in Ghana makes him the undisputed founding father of the sand based sport.

He is currently Head of iMax Media Sports (Online, Radio & TV) and host of the popular new virtual reality Sports Quiz “The Bos“.

SOLOMON TORSON

SOLOMON TORSON

Vice Chairman (HR/Finance)

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.

 

NANA POKU AMANKWAH

NANA POKU AMANKWAH

Member (Administration)

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.

 

YAW GYAMFI KUSI AWERE

YAW GYAMFI KUSI AWERE

Member (Finance)

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.

 

GEORGE DARKO

GEORGE DARKO

Member (Technical)

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.

 

NICHOLAS ADDO

NICHOLAS ADDO

Member (Marketing)

With no templates, textbooks or yardstick to guide our path, I can safely say that the motto of Ghana Beach Soccer speaks for itself. If it had not been the trust we hold in God, Ghana Beach Soccer would not be where it is today. ‘’In God We Trust’’ always. Having fun with a ball and a set of goal posts is a simple and beautiful passion. Therefore, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reveal some keys that could unlock the spirit of patriotism, nationalism and service through voluntarism by our youth whilst at the same time, scouting, unearthing and developing raw natural talent for the beach soccer project over the next decade. Without a doubt, Beach Soccer Ghana has the potential of creating a new industry, opportunities and jobs for a growing youth population.