GFA committed to education for footballers
4/25/2012 11:00:23 AM -
Ghana Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi says the sport body's ambitious campaign in the field of education for footballers will be sustained.
The Executive Committee of the GFA has introduced a strategic educational reform that will be binding on all juvenile footballers in the country.
The new reforms, set to come into force next year stipulates a mandatory basic school enrollment criteria before players will be eligible for the national colts league.
And the initiative by the sport body is to develop the talents of children through academia and provide education for all children in the country to sustain the development of football.
'If we discover a player who is not educated, we as an institution will arrange an evening class for the player to ensure that his/her level of education is raised to an appreciable level. After that the player will be made to join main stream education,' said, the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi at the launch of the second season of the Airtel Rising Stars tournament in Accra on Tuesday.
Part of the GFA's effort to get every juvenile footballer to pursue academic work is the development of physical structures at the Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence at Prampram.
'That is why we are providing a physical structure at the Ghana Soccer Center of Excellence at Prampram, which is part of the academy to provide formal education for our players.
'At the academy, players will have their skills polished here and will receive formal education as well so that they will become complete footballers,' Kwesi Nyantakyi said.
According to the GFA President, the era when football was perceived to be for school drop-outs are over, explaining that football is an unpredictable business since injuries could set in and derail one's career, hence the need to find alternative source of living by ensuring better education for players.
'Educated players could always find an alternative source of living if their career ends abruptly through injuries.'