ANOPA's leading goals are “one world” / “youth for youth”, because we are living in the same world and are willing to connect to each other, to support others around the globe. Especially for the young people who are coming together and trying to exchange their different backgrounds. ANOPA builds on the enthusiasm of young people for sports and encourages them to take a serious look at socially relevant issues. It equally aims at the development of structures and networks within the sport community in the country particularly in the Central Region/Cape Coast.
Our soccer teams (U-12 and U-17) )are made up of about 35 pupils ranging between the ages of 10 and 17. Members of both teams come from various schools in and around Cape Coast. ANOPA advocates for no school no sports policy in its programmes and the concept has helped improved school enrollment in some parts of Coast Coast and has also helped instill discipline among participants especially the soccer clubs. Both teams train twice a week on the grounds of the bonkus community school. The training takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays under the guidance of our local, qualified football coach, Ali Yakubu. The U-12 team trains from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, the U-17 team from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The players come from socially deprived areas of the surrounding community. There have been a couple matches against other football Clubs in the region.
ANOPA Project is one of the few existing NGOs in Ghana that has swimming lessons as part of its curriculum and the only one in Cape Coast. Unlike before the interest in swimming among the children has increased and the number of kids who want to join the Swimming Club is overwhelming. At the moment, the project has two swimming groups that train two times a week with about 15 kids in each group. Although swimming is not a popular sport in Ghana; the project is using it as a major tool for development in Cape Coast.
The ANOPA Swimming Course for boys and girls between the ages of 10-17 years is back since December 2011! Training takes place every thursday at 4pm and saturday morning at 7am in the morning at the Hexagon Swimming Pool close to the Ola Training College. Qualified Volunteers help the kids to get used to the water, learn how to behave near to the ocean or a pool and teach them different swimming techniques (Breaststroke and Crawl).
Swimming is the major project of ANOPA and the project puts a lot human, material and financial resources into its development. Over the years the kids have won quite a lot of medals including Gold, Silver and Bronze in both community level and national level competitions. Volunteers from German come to Ghana every quarter to support their local counterparts in training and equiping the kids with the right skills in swimming. Out of the ANOPA Project swimming group has emerged the ANOPAPHINS Swim team that represents the entire central region in national swimming competitions in the country.It is the dream of ANOPA Project to get as many kids as possible in the central region to introduce them to the water and impart on them the ability to swim or at least survive in the water. Get ready for more exciting competitions coming up in the ensuing months ahead.
The ANOPA Basketball Team is one of the first teams under the ANOPA Project and runs since that time continuously successfully. The players come from different Junior High Schools in Cape Coast. The training takes place twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, under the supervision of a qualified volunteer coach. The team is equipped with a set of jerseys, balls and other training equipment.
The ANOPA Basketball Team placed second in the maiden ANOPA Back to School Tournament for Junior High Schools in Cape Coast and can boast of about 30 basketball players who are mostly teenagers ranging between the ages of 16 and 19 years. The group is highly enthusiastic and passionate about basketball and the project is directing that interest in a positive way to get them off the streets and improve and develop their individual awareness about social and global issues like HIV.
The ANOPA Volleyball team was the first all girls team under the ANOPA Project. The girls come from the St. Anglican Christ Church and St. Nicolas Junior High School in Cape Coast and are aged between 14 and 16 years. The training takes place currently once a week - Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm held on the grounds of the Police Headquarters in Cape Coast. It is expected to integrate new players from nearby junior high schools, build an additional team for boys and expand the training times in the near future. The training is conducted by a motivated Ghanaian P.E. teacher of an international school. The team was equipped with new jersey sets from Germany at the beginning of 2012. The Volleyball Club is made up of both mostly the youth between the ages of 16 and 26 years drawn from various communities within Cape Coast. The ability to use sports as a tool for individual development is crucial to the ANOPA Volleyball Club as most members are classified as needing economic empowerment modules. In all more than 30 young men and women come together twice a week to recieve coaching lessons in volleyball.
Our Taekwondo club still exists and the project uses the sport to engage both boys and girls to stay in School and also develop their levels of respect and discipline. This particular sport unlike the others is school based and children stay in School in order to be part of each session. The Club is made up of about 20 children ranging between the ages of 12 and 17 years.
The ANOPA Taekwondo Team trains once a week, on Fridays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on the grounds of the Anglican Christ Church Junior High School in Cape Coast. The team is equipped with punching bags and kimonos, the training is conducted by the Project Coordinator, Ernest Appiah. Understanding the basic techniques, the development of self-consciousness and body image is a crucial goal of the ANOPA Taekwondo Team. Demonstrations and presentations at various events are planned.