BY: Isaac Mortey
Ghana’s only Sports college at Winneba is now in a deplorable state after years of neglect by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Winneba sports college was established in 1984 once produced great coaches for Ghana’s national teams, athletes, football players, and others who won laurels for the country during their time. The facility has been turned into a hostel and a Guest House for students of the University of Education and private individuals.
The Winneba Sports college was established under the Provisional National Defense Council Regime to train, equip and foster retention of sports coaches, administrators, and sportsmen and women in Ghana. The facility can boast of eight tennis courts, a football pitch, a Badminton court, Hockey Pitch, Volleyball Court, Handball Court, Boxing gym, Dining hall, and over 100 hostel rooms.
The core mandate of the sports college was to train and retrain coaches, sports administrators, and physiotherapists Organize seminars, conferences, and workshops on Sports management and administration and lastly to Provide camping facilities to national teams and local clubs preparing for national and international assignments research into sports-related issues and disseminate findings to improve sports performance, Collaborate with the Ghana Olympic Committee to run courses for technical resource persons.
To train groups of talented young boys and girls in various Sporting disciplines through the academy concept and to organize holiday training programs, and Undertake any duty that may be assigned to it by the Ministry. the college has an academy that also produced the likes of Godwin Attram, Samuel Nkoom, Laryee Kingston, Hamza Mohammed, Michael Essien, etc.
The Facility was to aid in the development of Sports in the country and also serve as a camp base for the various national teams when preparing for National Assignments. In order for the current management to generate funds to run the facility, the Sports college has been converted into a hostel and a guest house. The college tries to partner with the University of Education to organize Coaching and technical official courses all in order to generate revenue to run the facility ahead of the 2023 Africa Games which will be hosted in Ghana, Government has promised to build a 50,000 capacity Olympic Stadium with a Multi-Purpose Sports hall for indoor sports aquatic centers for swimming and Tennis court to host competitor and will later be converted into Sports University after the games.