Sports Minister: Multipurpose centres to reduce pressure on stadiums
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, has said the current aggressive sports infrastructural development being undertaken across 10 out of the 16 regions of the country was aimed at taking sporting facilities closer to the youth within their communities in order to ease the pressure on the few major stadiums in the country.
He said locating these multi-sport youth resource centres within communities makes it easier to identify and develop talents in their own environment and provide a bigger pool of talents to represent the country at international competitions.
On Monday, Mr Asiamah and his team of experts and some traditional leaders inspected the multipurpose Youth Resource Centre at Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region where he applauded the contractors for “great work done so far.”
Altimate Kritical Vision Limited Construction Work is executing the GH¢6.2 million facility whose completion date is expected to be extended beyond the first quarter of the year due to some modifications at the VIP stands.
The facility comprise of a standardised FIFA football field, eight-lane athletic track, basketball, handball and tennis courts, a counselling centre, ICT centre and a restaurant.
Mr Asiamah, who is the NPP MP for the area, said the project when completed would provide immense socio-economic benefits to the community.
“Sport is one major key to creating employment and also reduce crime in the country, hence the construction of these centres,” he told the media after the inspection.
He said the many facilities being built around the country would help develop a big pool of talents capable of bringing honour to Ghana at international competitions.
“With these facilities in place we don’t have any excuse as a country not to win medals at Olympic Games.
“With these, all kinds of talents from every discipline will be trained to enhance our chances of more medals at international competitions,” he said.