WEST AFRICA 2010
1st – 22nd September 2010
University of Ghana, Legon
Kumasi Polytechnic University
Cape Coast University
Elmina Sharks – Division 2 Professional Side
Sabre Charitable Trust Foundation
Kokrobite Local Professional Side
Kokrobite Chiltern Center
The 2010 tour successfully set out to institutionalise Football Beyond Borders.
Football Beyond Borders sought to build on the foundations laid by the project in 2009 by adding an understanding and experience of development to our programme. On this tour, participants also engaged in volunteering, teaching and football coaching for children. West Africa 2010 also aimed to professionalize and broaden the appeal of Football Beyond Borders. It designated clear roles and expectations for the participants that ensured high standards were met.
One of the primary goals of Football Beyond Borders 2010 was to help deconstruct the singular narrative of Africa, as we were concerned that all too often observers and commentators regard the continent as a homogenous entity. The very notion of ‘development’ is a controversial one, and this tour set out to meet future Ghanaian writers, academics, businessmen, and policy makers to learn from them and allow them to add nuance to a subject that often falls prey to patronising and ethnocentric paternalism.
Our most practical achievements included delivering very popular and well attended football coaching sessions, volunteering at an orphanage for children with severe disabilities, spending two full days in the hot Ghanaian sun helping to repair and build school structures, and spending some time teaching at a local school.
Moreover, due to the kind donations of many of Football Beyond Borders’ supporters prior to departure from the UK we were also able to donate a great deal of football equipment, stationary, books, and board games to local children. Some players have since sponsored all of the schooling costs of some of the children we volunteered with. We also enjoyed great success on the football field, playing against opponents ranging from university sides, to professional youth teams, a village side, and a team organized by a local NGO.