Accra , Sept. 23,
GNA – Airtel Ghana has donated footballs kits to Bebeto Football Academy, a second
division football club in Sogakope in the Volta Region, as part of the
company’s fulfilment of its promise made to the academy.
The donation, which
was the latest in support of the Bebeto Football Academy after previous
interventions included training bibs & kits, jerseys, shin guards and goal nets to set the Academy up for success
in their division.
Martin Bebeto Torku
recognised the potential and passion of the young lads in his community to play
football and his own personal commitment to make an impact in the lives of
young people, and initiated the Bebeto Football Academy a couple of years ago.
A statement issued
in Accra by Mr Richard Ahiagble, the Head of Corporate Communications and
copied to the Ghana News Agency said his great work with the young people in
his community was recognised by the award-winning Airtel Touching Lives
programme to benefit from the training kits and a refresher course at the
Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram.
presentation, Mr Ahiagble, said: “We are inspired by the commitment and passion
that Martin brings to his work – identifying and grooming young football
talents in his community and setting them up to achieve their dreams of
becoming professional footballers.
At Airtel, we firmly
believe that everyone has the power of potential and the innate ability to
fully realise their potential giving the platform and the support.
Martin’s story was
one that resonated with the ethos of the Touching Lives Programme and we are
happy to be part of his initiative to empower the young men in his academy to
become the next generation of football greats for the country”.
To Mr Ahiagble:
“Football is the passion of the nation and as a company we have invested in the
sports through our grassroots talent search programme – Airtel Rising Stars to
unearth and develop young and talented footballers from across the country.
“Many of these
players have found their way into the various junior national football teams.
We will continue to invest in sports and initiatives that empower young
Mr Bebeto Torku,
Manager and Coach of the team, expressed gratitude to Airtel Ghana for the
support in making the dreams of the young boys a reality.
“There will be no
football games without the football kits and footballs. We are very pleased to
receive these items.
“The opportunity to
undergo a coaching training course to develop and sharpen my coaching skills
will go a long way to impact positively on the Academy. On behalf of everyone
at the Bebeto Football Academy, accept our deepest gratitude for your support,”
Airtel Ghana has
over the years committed to augmenting government and the Ghana Football
Association’s efforts to develop the game of football in the country with the
introduction of Airtel Rising Stars, a credible under-17 football competition
that gives males and females in school the opportunity to exhibit their talents
to be groomed and drafted into the junior national teams.
The competition has
produced many of the players who have represented Ghana at various FIFA
organized age competitions.