The project was initiated by the Ghana National Rugby Squad, the Ghana Eagles , as their selfless contribution towards spreading the values of Rugby to Ghanaian youth.
The captain of the Ghana Eagles, Michael Ako (Ako) Wilson, said that few people in Ghana know about Rugby, let alone about the character building values of Rugby.
Even though the rains and school holidays did not help a lot, the enthusiastic kids and the Benin Squirrels thoroughly enjoyed the programme.
“Yesterday was beautiful. At first, there was a hesitation because of the rain, but when the kids started playing, they became more and more interested.
I think this kind of program is purposeful and must be perpetuated because it will make young people want to play rugby in the future,” Allagbe said.
The second leg of the project involved the Ghana Eagles accompanied by Mr Charles Yapo, Rugby Afrique Development Officer - West and RARC Citing Commissioner.
The Legacy Project Rugby clinic was conducted at the Senior Correctional Centre, a juvenile correction institute under the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS) on Tuesday 3 May 2017. The Centre was previously known as the “Borstal Institute for Juveniles”.
The centre is a correction centre for people who are under 18 years old and have been convicted of criminal or civil offenses. The period that a convict spends in the centre is aimed at reforming him or her so they can fit into society easily after their stay at the centre.
For security reasons photography of the youth at the facility was not allowed.
Charles Yapo said, "It was a unique experience for the children. We showed them principles of the Game Rugby and I talked to them about the values of Rugby, namely respect, solidarity, integrity, passion, and discipline."
Yapo continued to say that they focused on respect and discipline that is such an integral part of building character.
"They loved it. The donation of foodstuff the team made was highly appreciated by the educators," Yapo said.
The last leg of the RARC Legacy Project will be conducted by the Togolese national Rugby team at James Town. More detail to follow.
Today, Wednesday 3 May, the the Benin Squirrels will face their archrivals, Togo, at the Accra Sports Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3 pm. The Ghana Eagles will do battle against Togo in the final of three international matches of the Rugby Africa Regional Challenge (RARC) Group West 1 tournament.
Besides for Rugby Afrique other Ghana companies who sponsored and contributed to the project include the Gino brands, Interplast, Golden Tulip Accra, eVerpure and iQmenn. Media partners such as the Daily Guide, Modern Ghana, Peace FM, 3News and others also support the tournament.
Credit-Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU