Update on the TAP West Africa Project

TAPs West Africa

This May saw the delivery of a further 2000 sticks, clothing items, balls and goal keeping equipment donated in England to West African countries as we reach half way of the Targeted Assistance Programme in West Africa four year project.

The kit distribution coincided with a second TAP team visit to Ghana. The trip combined umpire training and coach education facilitated by England Hockey educators Darren Cheesman and Mark Jarvis alongside FIH educators Michel Kinnen and Siegfreid Eikman with a high performance camp for the Ghanaian women’s national team.

The project is a partnership between England Hockey, The FIH, UK Sport, Ghana Hockey and the African Hockey Federation has already seen huge results with more West African countries affiliating to the FIH and participation numbers rising steadily.

The latest TAP team visit was made even more special by the arrival of the equipment container from England. As well as taking considerable learning and inspiration, the coaches from Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Nigeria were able to put into practice with the equipment to grow the game in their home countries all thanks to the clubs, schools, counties and individuals from England.

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A huge thank you to all those that have donated so far; the mammoth effort from donors here in England led to an unanticipated amount of kit being offered and without the support from both Barrington Sports (warehousing) and DHL (logistics) none of this would have been possible.

High Performance Coach & Coach Educator, Darren Cheesman said; “Having been here in Accra a year ago, it is really encouraging to see the development of the coaches, the players and the umpires. You always wonder whether people benefit from the work that you do, but it’s clear that the Targeted Assistance Programme in West Africa is doing well.”

Umpire & Coach Educator, Mark Jarvis said; “It is fantastic to see some very happy coaches receiving both sticks and other hockey equipment to take back to their respective countries to aid the development of hockey throughout those countries and beyond. I must add a massive vote of thanks to all persons involved with the clubs who have kindly give both sticks and equipment to England Hockey for this project - you know who you are!”

The TAP West Africa project includes:
- Provision of hockey equipment and resources to schools and clubs across West Africa
- The creation of umpiring and coaching pathways to recruit, train and retain more officials and coaches for the sport
- Supporting the Ghanaian women’s national team with high performance coaching and athlete support
- Working with Ghana Hockey to enable them to host more world level events at the Accra stadium

The project which runs until August 2018 will see further equipment donations to Ghana and neighboring countries early in 2017 as well as event support and further coach and official training. You can read more information of the project here.