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Forum to link sport with young people

DEBATE PANEL: Footballer Asamoah Gyan with Dentaa, Ghana UK Based Achievement Award (GUBA) founder and the footballer’s manager

YOUNG PEOPLE will get a chance to discuss their ideas with some of the powerful people who have worked with top sports figures such as Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.

The first of a planned series of youth empowerment debate forums takes place tomorrow (September 21) at the Chelsea Theatre in London under the theme, ‘The Future of Sports in Ghana’.

The brainchild of Me Firi Ghana, a company celebrating Ghanaian heritage through items such as clothing, the event will have a guest panel of professionals who have worked with elite athletes, including Olympic champions Ennis and Farah, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis ace Roger Federer.

Me Firi Ghana said the debate series seeks to engage “a generation of young people” on sporting issues in relation to their communities.

The special panel will include leading Ghanaians such as sports choreographer Andy Ansah, sports presenter Benny Bonsu, executive producer and Head of Content at cable TV station Trace Sport Kwaku Mensah, and footballer Asamoah Gyan's manager Dentaa.

Participants will also get a chance to hear from guest speaker and founder of the Arthur Wharton Foundation Shaun Campbell, who recently presented FIFA President Sepp Blatter with an historic statue of Arthur Wharton, the first black professional footballer.

Additionally, the event supports the charity What About Me Campaign, which helps educational development of orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana.

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