A general meeting was organized by the Officials of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) to discuss the progress of the upcoming 2015/2016 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC).
According to Mr. Steve Noi, Board Member and Tournament Commissioner of Ghana Rugby, the main reason for the meeting was to discuss final arrangements for the kick-off of the Club Championship.
Mr. Noi also mentioned that the rules and regulations of the tournament information’s has been forwarded to the various clubs who will be participating in the upcoming League season.
The management of the various clubs cited player contract, player transfer and player loans as the major challenges facing their clubs.
Speaking to the media, Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of GRFU, encouraged the various clubs to remain united and stay committed to whatever is acquired of them to push Ghana Rugby to a higher level.
Mr. Mensah said his meetings with both Africa Rugby and World Rugby since he assumed office in 2014 and recent meetings at the 2015 World Rugby General Assembly in London has brought Ghana Rugby closer to achieve its objective of becoming a Full Member of World Rugby.
“We’ve fostered good relationships and better mutual understanding between Ghana Rugby and the world governing bodies and look forward to work together to achieve our shared mission of growing Rugby in Ghana and therefore in the world. I therefore urge each and every member of the Ghana Rugby Family to stay united and committed to whatever he or she is required to do to raise the image of Rugby in the country,” Mr. Mensah saaid.
Mr. Abdul-Aziz Issah, Board Member and Secretary General of the GRFU, said that the 2014/2015 Club Championship was a huge success with the first ever Ghana Rugby league conducted professionally and within the Rules and Regulations of World Rugby.
He continued to say that the Tournament Organisers have raised the bar for the 2015/2016 GRCC and that every matchday will provide Rugby lovers with great entertainment.
“The President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, has spearheaded a change in the programme for matchdays and spectators are assured of a full day of Rugby fun and enjoyment,” Mr. Issah said.
The Ghana Rugby Club Championship league season for the 2015/2016 season will start on Saturday the 21st of November with 10 clubs participating in the GRCC tournament with matches in both Accra and Cape Coast. Final schedules and participants will be announced on Friday 20 November.
It is planned to involve kids and adults as part of the Rugby development agenda and the matchday menu is set to include a kids training session and match between 9am and 10am, a ladies 7’s match between 10am and 10:30am, a boys 7’s match between 10:30am and 11am, a 2nd division men’s 7’s match between 11am and 11:30am.
The GRCC men’s adult 15s matches will be played at 11:30am, 1pm and 3pm.
Mr. Mensah said that donors and sponsors, current and potential, are welcome to join in the festivities and to discuss how they can gain valuable positive media exposure and brand reinforcement.
“Rugby is a global sport and one of the three top most watched and followed sports in the world, The popularity of Rugby is growing enormously based on the lasting values of Rugby, integrity, passion, teamwork, discipline and respect, being instilled in our youth. These values will serve them well for the rest of their lives and will help them to become confident and achieving members of society, Mr. Mensah said.
Story by: David Cudjoe.