Profile of the Ghana Hockey Association
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Sunday, 09 September 2012 07:11
Profile of the Ghana Hockey Association
The Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) was founded in 1961 and is under the guidance of the National Sports Council (NSC). The GHA is the governing body for Field Hockey in the Republic of Ghana with its Official and Administrative office located at the National Hockey Stadium in Accra.
The GHA is a member of the African Hockey Federation (AfHF) and International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is accordingly obliged to respect the Statutes, Constitutions, Regulations, Directives and Decisions of FIH and AfHF.
A 12 member Executive Board elected into office in June 2010 has oversight responsibility for the management of the GHA and provide leadership for the development of the sport in the country. The Executive Board operates on the basis of the sub-committees put in place to undertake various tasks. The membership of the GHA is made up of:
* Regional Hockey AssociationsGhana Education Service (GES)Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA)
* Ghana Polytechnic Sports Association (GHAPSA)
* Security Services Sports Association SESSA)
* A National body representing hockey clubs and recognized by the GHA
* A National Coaches Association recognized by the GHA
* A National Association representing Umpires and Technical officials recognized by the GHA
* A National Association representing women in hockey and recognized by the GHA
* A National Association representing Hockey Players recognized by the GHA
* Any corporate body or unincorporated association of persons that the Congress shall admit as a member of the GHA
The main objectives of the GHA are to:
1. To introduce, develop, promote, control, organize and generally encourage and regulate the sport of hockey for men, women, youth, and seniors in all its forms played throughout Ghana.
2. To develop and promote hockey as a means of fostering social integration and forming the character of the youth in Ghana in the spirit of fair play and in pursuance of the development goals of Ghana
3. To organize competitions in hockey in all its forms for both sexes at youth and senior levels
4. To introduce, develop and promote the game of hockey among young people in schools in partnership with the educational authorities and institutions.
5. To maintain affiliation with AfHF and FIH and support its ideals and objects
6. To formulate policies for the control, training and development of coaches, umpires, technical officials, medical personnel and administrators involved in hockey
7. To organize training and competitive programmes and arrange and supervise the participation of national teams at various levels in International competitions
8. To promote good relationship with the Sector Ministry and the body any time charged with the overall organization and control of sports in Ghana.
9. To promote good relations and co-operation amongst all stakeholders and settle disputes arising between members or bodies connected with hockey within Ghana.
10. To enforce the statutes, rules and regulations of hockey as promulgated from time to time by FIH, AfHF and GHA and to protect the game from any form of abuse.
Since its formation, the GHA has achieved some major successes in the areas of competition, coach and player development, officiating official development and playing a lead role in African Hockey Development.
The Senior National Male Team was crowned African Champions in 1974 and was the first team sport to represent the country in a world cup event in 1975 in Malaysia. The junior male team were also crowned African Champions in 1978 and participated in the Junior World Cup in 1979 in France. The Under-17 team was crowned champions of Africa in 2010 and represented Africa at the first ever Youth Olympic Games the same year. The Senior Female Team has won Silver and Bronze medals during various African competitions and so have the junior female teams. The male and female teams are currently ranked 35th and 31st respectively in the World by the FIH. Both male and female club sides have won silver and bronze medals at various times in the prestigious Africa Cup for Club Champions Competition (ACCC).
The GHA currently has four (4) FIH Umpires, three males and one female and five (5) FIH-listed Technical Officials made up of four males and one female.
The area of organizing of international events, the GHA has organized two Africa Cup for Club Champions Competitions (ACCC) and will organize a third in December 2010. The GHA also organized the Africa Cup for Nations Competition in 2009 and has hosted some key African Hockey Federation
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