The 5th University Basic Schools Sports Association (UBaSSA) games officially opened on Wednesday at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium with a grand ceremony choreographed amidst pomp and pageantry.
The University of Cape Coast Basic School as the host team, thrilled audience with exciting performances including, cadet and regimental band parade and gymnastics, pitching the ceremony to the level of a funfair which filled the stadium with overwhelming excitement.
This year’s UBaSSA games which is on the theme, A Disciplined Personality through Sports: the Role of UBaSSA, is aimed at using sports as a tool for public universities’ basic schools to collaborate and share ideas in respect of enhancing quality and effective as well as efficient teaching and learning.
The opening ceremony was climaxed with an intriguing football match between the host team and the KNUST Basic School. None of the teams were able to secure a goal after the 60 minutes play.
The boys were finally separated from the men as the UCC team beat KNUST in a penalty shootout to emerge winners.
In a speech read on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof Joseph Ghartey Ampiah by Professor Livingstone Sam Amoah, he said sports is considered an important element in the holistic education of students as it requires a lot of discipline.
This discipline according to the Vice Chancellor is needed to improve the academic engagements of students. In this regard, he expressed optimism the games will foster healthy relations among pupils, teachers, coaches and other related stakeholders.
The Head Mistress of the University Primary School, UCC, Mrs. Georgina Aglobitse stressing the importance of the UBaSSA games said the benefits of sports and education cannot be over emphasized since the two are considered key to human development, economic prosperity and vital instrument for promoting sustainable development.
Mrs. Georgina Aglobitse, Head Mistress of the University Primary School, UCC
She hoped for greater collaboration which travels beyond sporting activities between the competing schools.
The games which started on the 26th of June will run till the 30th. Competing schools include University of Cape Coast Basic School, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Basic School, University of Ghana Basic School and University of Mines and Technology Basic School. They will compete in soccer and athletics for a coveted trophy.
By: Joseph Kobina Amuah/ATL FM News