Sillsport Group football development, management and consulting company based in the United Kingdom (UK) has donated sports equipment worth £80,000 to the Sillsport Football Academy and Sillsport Football Club (FC), a division two side based in Sunyani, the Brong Ahafo Regional capital.
The items included football jerseys, boots, footballs, training equipment, computers and its accessories, a 4x4 Land Rover vehicle, a sit-on-mower and gym equipment to help the academy and the club to unearth talents and also improve the game in the region and the country as a whole.
Speaking at a brief presentation ceremony, Mr Christopher Antoh Forsythe, African consultant of the group and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sillsport FC, said the donation from the group was to support the academy and the club in its training activities.
He said since the take-over of the Glentoran Football Academy, now Sillsport Football Academy, the group had decided to equip the academy to groom more young players for clubs and the national cause.
Mr Forsythe said the group was also into sports development in which it identifies potential players, trains them for onward transfer to both local and foreign clubs, buys franchise in clubs and offers training tours for clubs all over Europe and for national teams.
The CEO said the group is a UEFA-licensed match agency which organises matches for national teams and also a FIFA- licensed player management firm which recruits players for onward transfer to European clubs.
Kwaku Yeboah and Stephen Amissah, both skippers of Sillsport FC and Academy respectively, thanked the group for the gesture.
In a related development, Sillsport Group, UK, has donated boxing equipment worth £1,200 to the Brong Ahafo Regional Secretariat of the National Sports Council (NSC) in Sunyani.
The items included boxing gloves, punching bags and head guards. The group has also made available a sit-on mower for the clearing of the pitch at the Sunyani Coronation Park and its gym for the training of sports men and women in the region free of charge.
Mr Forsythe, who made the donation on behalf of the group, said it was their contribution towards the development of boxing in the region.
A former World Boxing Council (WBC) superflyweight and World Boxing Authority (WBA) bantamweight champion in 2000 and now Regional Boxing Coach, “Marvellous” Nana Yaw Konadu, and the Regional Sports Development Officer, Mr Kofi Duku Duodu, who received the items, expressed their gratitude to the group and said the donation would go a long way to help the region to produce world champions for the country like it did some years ago.