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Sports & Leisure

Ghana offers a wide array of sports and leisure activities for the young and the young at heart. A variety of activities are available, at a variety of venues and times.

Football is the national sport in Ghana. Given the ‘Black Stars’ - the Ghanaian team’s – performance in the 2006 World Cup it can only get bigger and better. Football in Ghana is everywhere! Whether it’s flags on cars, stickers in taxis, locals in football jerseys or kids playing in the street, it’s immediately apparent that Ghanaians are extremely passionate about football.

Our football placements in Ghana provide an opportunity for all young players to develop their basic skills and techniques with the hope that some may achieve the success of Michael Essien or Stephen Appiah. There will also be the opportunity to see one of Ghana’s many club teams – Kotoko and Hearts of Oak being the two best. Volunteers sometimes take young players to games to help with their footballing development.

We have football placements where anyone with past experience could take on coaching responsibility from the day they arrive and we also have a new project suitable for volunteers who have no previous coaching experience but lots of enthusiasm for the beautiful game.

We can also offer volunteers in Ghana the chance to coach rugby in schools in and around Cape Coast. Rugby is a sport which is just starting to become known in Ghana and we are working alongside George Avoola Ladipo, the coach of the Junior National Rugby team, to help develop the sport in the Central Region.

This is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about rugby to get involved in the sport in its infancy in Ghana, and to pass on some of your enthusiasm for the sport to a new generation of youngsters.

Accra Fitness Center

This is a well-equipped gym that offers a variety of daily aerobics classes in addition to personal weight training.

Accra Lawn And Tennis Club

This club offers nine clay tennis courts (two with flood lights) and hosts frequent tournaments; other facilities include locker rooms, bar, restaurant that offers Ghanaian dishes and an air-conditioned lounge with M-Net Satellite TV reception. Tennis lessons are available.

Accra Polo Club

This club offers stables and care of privately owned horses as well as polo, tennis and squash; it is possible to rent horses if arrangements have been made personally with private owners; regular polo matches take place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Achimota Golf Club

This club offers adequate 18-hole golf course, which holds frequent tournaments and offers golf lessons.

Accra-Tema Yacht Club

This sailing club was revived in 1994; you must have your own boat; storage facilities are available; four regattas are held annually and are open to the public; instruction and racing are held the first Sunday of each month. There are chalets for the member to use for overnight stays.

American Club

This private club's membership is open to American citizens and resident diplomats; it offers a swimming pool, a flood-lit clay tennis court, restaurant and American programming TV service (AFRTS).

GWAK'S Institute

This club offers Tae Kwon Do lessons as well as aerobic classes and body building instruction.

Pippa's Health Center

This center offer the latest professional fitness equipment; it isn't cheap, but if you are looking for the best equipped gym with all the extras, this is it; regular membership includes the main gym, aerobic classes and one complementary massage and manicure; the Gold Card membership includes the gold gym, gold room lounge, main gym, aerobic classes, satellite TV with over 17 channels, sauna, spa, ice bath, health bar and five complimentary massages and manicures; Pippa's also offers a variety of classes for adults and children.

Tesano Sports Club

This affordable club's facilities include two flood-lit, hard-surface tennis courts, squash courts, one badminton court, an air-conditioned snooker room with two tables, an air-conditioned lounge with TV, bar, restaurant and 25-meter pool with thirteen foot deep end in Accra. Lesson in squash, badminton, tennis and swimming are available.

Unilever Sports Club

This club offers an annual membership and hour rental of its two flood-lit clay tennis courts and Accra's only glass-back, air-conditioned squash court, and one regular squash court. Tennis and squash lessons are available.

Ghana Scuba Club

The Ghana Scuba Club welcomes seasoned divers as well as novices who just want to get their feet wet; the group meets the first three Tuesdays of each month at Shangri-La Hotel and alternate evenings of diving, lecturing and socializing. If you don't have your own equipment, the group collectively hires equipment from Tema for use on diving nights; notices are most often posted on the board at the Shangri-La Hotel reception area.