Ghana’s Utrecht Football Academy signs agreement with Dutch-based FC Utrecht

Tamale Utrecht Football Academy (TUFA), based in the Northern Region of Ghana has signed a cooperation agreement with its mother club FC Utrecht of the Netherlands.

The agreement was signed by Mr Frans Van Seumeren, Founder of FC Utrecht, the Netherlands and his Ghanaian counterpart, Mr Alhassan Abdulai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of the Tamale Utrecht Football Academy (TUFA).

Present at the ceremony were key officials of FC Utrecht, including the Managing Director of the Club, Mr Wilco Van Schaik, Mr Sander Hense, Director of Football Players International (DFPI) and Mr Foeke Booy, Technical Director of FC Utrecht.

Mr Abdulai disclosed this in an interview with GNA Sports in Tamale on Saturday.

He said the agreement between the two bodies was to impact knowledge amongst young Ghanaian footballers and for exchange programmes through education and sports to enhance community development.

The Chief Executive Officer of TUFA said FC Utrecht are expected to provide technical support, logistics and materials to the Tamale Utrecht Academy, which now plays in the Division One League and, in return FC Utrecht will get first choice of talented players from its Ghanaian mother club.”

Mr Abdulai added that the Tamale Utrecht Football Academy (TUFA) will be officially launched in May this year.

“The Academy is aimed at stimulating sports and social development in northern parts of Ghana by investing knowledge and experience and means in football and community projects. TUFA players currently reside at the Academy, attend school on a daily basis and focus for playing  for the Club.”

In a telephone interview with Mr Wilco Van Schaik, Managing Director (MD) of FC Utrecht, he  said the Club is aiming for fruitful cooperation between the Utrecht Foundation and the Tamale Utrecht Football Academy in subsequent years.

“FC Utrecht wants to be a Club on its feet in the community that has good relations with surrounding amateur clubs that will contribute to the social development of Tamale and the Region at large. TUFC and TUFA in Ghana have comparable objectives.” He added.

Source: GNA

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