2022 Hockey Youth Empowerment Summit To Be Hosted May 28

Sport Hockey Summit
Sport Hockey Summit

Ball and Stick Ghana, a non-profit organisation will host the 2022 edition of the Hockey Youth Empowerment Summit (HYES) in Accra on Saturday, May 28 at the Lincoln Community School.

Hockey Youth Empowerment Summit (HYES) is one the ‘GrowTheGame’ initiatives from Ball and Stick with primary focus on introducing the youth, especially students to hockey.

In an interview with the GNA Sports, the Chief Executive Officer of Ball and Stick, Mr. Kojo Lumor Ameye, said “this second edition is targeting students from elite international school across the capital, Accra in order to strengthen the position of Hockey in International Schools Sports Association Games (ISSAG)”.

He added that the second edition is themed “Growth; It Begins You” and is aimed at inspiring students that getting involved in hockey would not wreck their ability in achieving their career goals.

“They can enjoy Hockey and still become successful in their desired careers,” he mentioned.

Speakers would be Mr. Frank Oti-Mensah, certified Federation of International Hockey (FIH) Olympics Technical Panel Member and an Executive Board Member of the Ghana Hockey Association, Nora Goddard-Despot, Under-23 gold medalist and Assistant Captain for Canada Women Junior Hockey Team, Bernadette Bowyer, Canada Coaching Staff and Sofia Alia, field hockey coach as well as a high-performance coach.

The speakers would share their journey in hockey through their career path to who they are currently.

The summit would be held under the patronage of Kati Csaba, Canada’s High Commissioner to Ghana.

Explaining the rationale behind Ball and Stick, Me Ameye said “Hockey, is the sport that introduced Ghana to the world, first, in any sporting event worth all effort, targeted at making it a loved sport by many.

In honoring the sport, for the many opportunities it has offered to people that have come into contact with, birth an idea called Ball and Stick”.

He noted that it was very unfortunate that hockey was under the category of lesser-known sport in Ghana, despite its lush history saying “by this categorisation, it was evident that interest in hockey dwindled along the way due to less activities focused on growing the game.

“Not too long ago, it was common to see hockey being played in most communities in Accra. Pozo Sticks was one of the many examples of clubs formed out of community hockey.

“Again, in almost every secondary school across the nation, hockey was a prominent feature in school sports but unluckily for us, that too has changed significantly.”

The CEO reiterated that Ball and Stick exist to change the status quo and to revive what was once vibrant adding “very dry soil cannot efficiently absorb water, it is therefore very important that, we introduce hockey at the basic level and train participants with the right skills that will reduce the highest risk of fatality which is imperative to advancing the course needed to scrape the tag on hockey as being a dangerous game.

HYES 2022 is in collaboration with Field Hockey Canada and closely monitored to achieve the intended purpose of growing Hockey.

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