GFA takes bold steps to elevate Women's Football

5 months ago

Marking a significant milestone in its commitment to women's football, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) hosted the first Regional Women's Executive Committee Representatives Conference in Kumasi.

This crucial gathering, led by Head of Women's Football Ama Brobey-Williams and hosted by Ashanti Region Football Association representative Evelyn Nsiah-Asare, served as a platform to discuss and plan the implementation of the GFA's ambitious Women's Football Strategy (2023-2026).

The strategy aims to transform Ghana into a powerhouse of women's football in Africa. It focuses on six key pillars: grassroots development, talent identification, marketing and sponsorship, national teams enhancement, league development, and education.

Recognizing the crucial role of regional stakeholders in realizing this vision, the conference empowered the 10 regional representatives with the knowledge and tools necessary to independently work towards the strategy's objectives.

"This conference is a vital step in ensuring the successful implementation and decentralization of the Women's Football Strategy," emphasized Head of Women's Football Ama Brobey-Williams.

"By equipping our regional representatives with the necessary skills and resources, we are laying the foundation for sustainable growth and development of women's football across the entire nation."

The conference featured insightful presentations from renowned figures in the Ghanaian sporting landscape, including sports business professional and former Accra Hearts of Oak CEO Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, GFA Director of coach education Professor Joseph Mintah, Ghanaman Soccer Center of Excellence Director Winifred Mawudeku, and GFA Executive Janice Odonkor.

Additionally, Francisca Atuluk, Head of Human Resource and Women Football at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, offered valuable perspectives on aligning national efforts with the GFA's strategic vision.

The conference also welcomed distinguished guests, including Women's Executive Council representative Gifty Oware-Mensah and Ashanti Regional Football Association representative Steven Appiah. Their presence underscored the widespread support and commitment to the development of women's football in Ghana.

"The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the conference participants is truly inspiring," stated Ama Brobey-Williams. We are confident that with this collaborative effort, we can create a thriving ecosystem for women's football in Ghana, one that empowers and inspires women and girls across the nation." she added

The conference wasn't merely a platform for knowledge sharing; it was a springboard for action as it generated a lot of enthusiasm and commitment from the regional representatives, who pledged to work hard to implement the strategy in their regions.

Beyond the conference, the Ghana Football Association has committed to ongoing follow-up and supervision, ensuring consistent progress and support to the regions as they implement the strategy.

This proactive approach ensures that the strategy is implemented effectively on a regional level, ensuring each region receives the necessary support and guidance to achieve its goals. The decentralized approach also empowers regional stakeholders to tailor initiatives to their unique contexts, maximizing impact and fostering a sense of ownership.

With the Women's Football Strategy serving as a roadmap and the regional representatives empowered to take action, Ghana's journey towards becoming a continental powerhouse in women's football is well underway. The future of the sport in the nation looks bright, brimming with potential and promise.