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Ghana Rugby Clubs meet with board to pan local league

President of the Ghana Rugby Association Herbert Mensah is promising a transparent administration in the running of the sport in Ghana.

Mr. Mensah disclosed this when he met members of the Ghana rugby football union to discuss the start of the 2014 rugby league.

The meeting also discussed issues pertaining to the draft blueprint for Ghana rugby, the upcoming stakeholder’s forum as well as preparation and development for tournaments planned for next year.

Herbert Mensah who is not new to sports development in Ghana says his doors are opened to ideas to move rugby forward.

“We are all part of the Rugby Family of Ghana and we all work together as a team in line with our values to fulfill our mission and chase our vision, myself and all the Board members will always follow an open door policy and it is the right of any stakeholder to knock on the doors of the President and the other Board members to discuss issues important to our passion for developing and playing the Game of Rugby,” Mr. Mensah said.

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The proposed Blueprint is built on the vision, mission and values of the International Rugby Board as follows:

Vision – Rugby – A Sport For All In Ghana – True to It’s Values.

Mission – Growing the global Rugby Family in Ghana.

The proposed values for Ghana Rugby is based on five pillars:

INTEGRITY – Integrity (adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty) is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play

PASSION – Rugby people have a passionate (powerful or compelling emotion or feeling) enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby family

TEAMWORK – The only way to succeed is by working together (coordinated effort acting together in the interests of a common cause – Rugby)

DISCIPLINE – Discipline (training to act in accordance with rules) is an integral part of the Game, both on and off the field, and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values

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RESPECT – Respect (being esteemed or honoured) for teammates, opponents, match officials and those involved in the Game is paramount

Herbert Mensah also added, “It looks as though policies of the past favored quantity above quality. It does not serve the Game of Rugby to have 1,000 schools trying to get into rugby without solid support from the Associations and Clubs and without properly qualified sports masters.”

He called for the creation of manageable tournaments within the resources of GRFU to allow the youth to derive the full benefits of being part of the Rugby family.

Associations and Clubs that participated in the meeting were asked to prepare for the forum by critically evaluating the proposed draft Blueprint and to prepare a presentation for the Forum on what will be required to develop and manage the growth of the Rugby Family in a strategic, structured and manageable fashion. Clubs were also asked to start gathering critical information that will help their Associations to put their own Blueprints together based on the guidelines contained in the GRFU Blueprint.

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