CBN Light­ning club shares gift of soc­cer

The Compass - - SPORTS -

CBN Light­ning re­cently be­came a global soc­cer club. The club worked with Carbonear mu­si­cian Cur­tis An­drews to es­tab­lish a sis­ter club, Dzo­gadze Light­ning in Ghana, West Africa.

An­drews has spent time in West Africa study­ing drum­ming and dance and re­cently built a new school there through fundrais­ing ef­forts back home.

CBN Light­ning pro­vided the balls and equip­ment needed to get the club up and run­ning and An­drews set up the con­tacts to get the pro­gram started.

“Soc­cer (foot­ball) is the na­tional sport in Ghana and it can pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for skilled play­ers to join pro­fes­sional leagues,” says Light­ning Team Man­ager Bob Tar­rant. “This could cer­tainly help break the poverty cy­cle for many young African men. On the other hand hav­ing the re­sources needed to play soc­cer cre­ates a fun ac­tiv­ity for most of the chil­dren in the vil­lage.” Tar­rant points out most suc­cess­ful soc­cer pro­grams in­volve a strong youth pro­gram. “Now that they have the re­sources they need in Dzo­gadze they can set up a league for chil­dren for all ages. This will en­able them to de­velop highly skilled play­ers. It pro­vides a sense of hope for the child who dreams of one day go­ing on to play with their na­tional team.”

CBN Light­ning play­ers and coaches feel a great sense of sat­is­fac­tion in be­ing able to adopt the Dzo­gadze club.

“We are a new club our­selves and have lim­ited re­sources but we re­al­ize the im­por­tance of reach­ing out to those who are less for­tu­nate than our­selves,” Tar­rant says. “Our kids love soc­cer and it is in­cred­i­ble that we can share this love of the game with our club mem­bers in Dzo­gadze.” In or­der for Dzo­gadze to join the re­gional and na­tional league they need jer­seys. Thanks to Avalon Re­gion Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion and Trin­ity-South Soc­cer Club they will soon have them.

The two or­ga­ni­za­tions do­nated sets of used jer­seys to CBN Light­ning who will send them on to Ghana.

“ It re­ally shows how work­ing to­gether can make a huge dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers,” Tar­rant said.

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DZO­GADZE LIGHT­NING - Foot­ball is the na­tional sport in the West African com­mu­nity of Ghana. Thanks to some lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and as­so­ci­a­tions th­ese team mem­bers have some new soc­cer gear to take ad­van­tage of.

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