Handball: Plans underway for regional leagues

Author: Kwame Larweh
A group of participants who attended the training at Koforidua in the Eastern Region

The vice president of Ghana Handball Association, Nortey Dowuona, says the association is on course with its five-year development programme aimed at promoting the game and organising leagues in all regions of the country.

He said promoting handball in all localities in Ghana was the best way to develop the sport, including developing the capacities of technical officials.

"We are appealing to the district and municipal assemblies to boost our efforts with little support in the regions to ensure the realistic growth and development of the sport,” Mr Dowuona told the Graphic Sports Online.

He said the association was currently addressing a major challenge of officiating by training and building the capacity of over 100 referees across the country.

The facilitator of the association’s development plan, Charles Mensah, said capacity building exercises were being undertaken alongside the commencement of regional leagues, with competitions in the Greater Accra, Central and Volta regions already underway.

“We are currently providing formal training for referees in all regions and we just completed the training of referees in the Eastern Region,” Mr Mensah disclosed in an interview.

He revealed that 20 referees who took part in a training programme at the Pope John’s School and Minor Seminary would be sent to the various communities to grow the game.