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TAP West Africa Project begins May 26

 

The 3rd edition of the Targeted Assistance Programme (TAP) West Africa is set to commence on the 27th of the May, 2017. The program aims to exploit the sport in West Africa by providing umpires, coaches and players the skills and technicality of the sport from 26th May – 4th June, 2017.

Girls in Kumasi preparing for a game after training with the TAP team

This year, the TAP team will consists of
• Darren Cheesman, Mark Jarvis, Lucy Moore from England Hockey
• Andre Oliviera and Gabriel Tuscher from FIH
• Catherine Sweet from UK Sports
• Ginnie Ross & Ahmed Azmy Africa Hockey

Darren Chessman taking some players through some ball handling activities

They will engage coaches, umpires and the hockey populace in:
• coach educator workshops
• level one coaching and umpiring courses
• level 3 umpiring and
• a high performing conference aimed to enhance technicality for both umpires and coaches in the Greater Accra (Southern Sector) and Ashanti Region (Northern Region).

Umpiring and Coaching courses from the last edition

Ghana is also likely to receive 4000 new hockey sticks and large balls from Quickstick for juniors to aid in school training activities.

Some sticks and balls donated being put to use #Quicksticks

The program which had a successive run last year is expected to attract neighboring countries like Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Nigeria. This will not only benefit the National Associations of these countries but also further hockey development in countries like Senegal, Gambia and Mali where some hockey already happens on a small scale.
The four year partnership ends in 2018 but is expected to generate a better relationship between UK Sport, England Hockey, Ghana Hockey Association and Africa Hockey. A sustainable growth of hockey is expected to erupt from this project by the last edition.

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