Arthur Legacy Sports on Thursday, June 16, 2022, held its maiden seminar with the aim of sensitising stakeholders in football on player exploitation.
The Calcio Trade Ball is an annual event organized by Arthur Legacy and its CEO and player agent Oliver Arthur and brings together Ghanaian players with links to Italian football as well as the Italian community in Ghana.
The theme for the seminar was “Stop Player Exploitation, Save Football” which was held on June 16, 2022, at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra.
The seminar is part of the plans of Arthur Legacy Sports to extensively continue sensitizing players, managers, and other decision-makers whose actions and in-actions affect the young football player and the ecosystem.
Keynote speakers at the maiden seminar under the flagship programme of Arthur Legacy Sports were Oliver Arthur, Chief Executive and owner of ArthurLegacy Sports, Alessandra Oliva, Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy, Francis Adu Essah, the Head of IT at the Ghana Football Association and the Deputy Registrar of the Birth and Death Registry, Seth Bosompem Kissi.
In a well-patronized event, stakeholders were educated on the negative effects of player exploitation, which, over the years, has affected footballers and ruined many careers.
In the opening remarks of Oliver Arthur, the Chief Executive of ArthurLegacy Sports, listed some red flags footballers should look out for when it comes to dealing with FIFA-licenced intermediaries and third-party managers in the business of football.
In addressing the attendants, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy cautioned that players who fake documents are engaging in acts of criminality and hence once denied by an embassy, it could hamper their chances of travelling to some European countries as well. She further encouraged players to present accurate documents that reflect who they are.
Francis Adu Essah, the Head of IT at the Ghana Football Association revealed that the GFA, from next season, will register players who have only the National Identification Card (Ghana Card).
The Deputy Registrar of the Birth and Death Registry also sensitised players and stakeholders in football to ensure a safe football ecosystem in Ghana.
As part of a three-day event in this year’s Calcio Trade Ball, fans are encouraged to grab a ticket for the 2022 All-Star game between a selected Arthur Legacy XI who will play the Black Stars of Ghana at the Accra Sports Stadium tomorrow, June 17, 2022.
After the game on Friday night, there will be an award ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel.