As part of Accra Hearts of Oak’s school project to unearth future dye-in-the-wool supporters for the club, Hearts paid a visit to Accra New Town Basic 6 & 8 Primary School this morning to launch the club’s and Ghana’s first Schools Football Clinic.
Head Coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Corporate Affairs and Marketing Manager Joe Addo, vice-captain Owusu Bempah, and Mustapha Essuman and Sarbah Laryea were at the New Town Basic 6 & 8 School to socialize and council the students of the school.
The meeting was a very positive one as the students and the school teachers warmly welcomed the club to their school. Mr. Albert Adeku, Assistant Headteacher and Sports Teacher, ushered the club into the school.
The Hearts representatives took turns to talk to the children and educate them on ways of living a good and healthy life.
They also used the platform to share the rich history of the club with the school children in an effort to instill the love for the team at an early stage.
Coach Kenichi’s predilection for children was at full display as he modestly came down to the level of the school children and answered questions from them.
In fact, a child asked how he could be a good coach like Hearts’ gaffer, and Kenichi’s response was that the boy should take his lessons seriously.
He also encouraged all the students to take their books seriously and asked them to be disciplined at all times by listening to instructions from their teachers.
Hearts Deputy Captain Owusu Bempah was also in a jovial mood as most of the school children recognized him as the captain of the national U20 side.
Mustapha Essuman and Sarbah Laryea had to relinquish the invisible wall they create on the field by allowing the children to run through them during the practice exercise.
Essuman was asked how many games he had clocked in his stints abroad, but his sweet answer had something to do with long division which really amused the children.
His midfield counterpart Laryea was not left out, as he also charged the students not to play with their books.
Corporate Affairs Manager was also at home with the school children and it was a delight to see him lecturing in the classroom.
Hearts will take the next community programme to Adabraka and later Mamprobi.