CBN Lightning club shares gift of soccer
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.
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.