Adisadel College has been sports power since colonial days to the present. Adisadel encourages all of its students to participate in some kind of sporting activity. Most students engage in recreational or competitive sports to eschew the label "Waste Pipe"- a campus vernacular that is used to refer to an able-body who does not participate in sports. Conforming to the Latin adage - "A healthy mind in a healthy body", the school organizes competitive intra-mural sports. Early morning jogging by the entire residents of a dormitory is a common activity on campus. Cricket, basketball, hockey, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, track and field, tennis and table tennis are some of the sports on campus.
Cricket is currently not a competitive sport, Adisadel dominated cricket in the sixties and won the Osagyefo Cup. Interest in the sport has waned in the entire country and there is no competition at the school level. However, the sports will be revived when equipment is acquired to re-establish the sport. The "Triangular" Meet between Adisadel, Mfantsipim and Achimota schools in cricket will also be revived.
With victories over teams from Ghana Navy, University of Cape Coast, St. Johns School, the school dominated the sports in the seventies with players like Daniel Prempeh (Knight House), Angus Ola (Canterbury), Isaac Neizer (Canterbury), Laryea (Quaque) and Afful (Knight). The sport suffered when the Drury Gymnasium was temporarily converted into a dinning hall during the rebuilding of the current dinning hall. Currently the school is rebuilding a team which was quite successful in many friendlies they played.
Adisadel continues to excel in field hockey. In the seventies, Adisadel
Alumni dominated the make-up of the national hockey team of Ghana. The
Santaclausians who formed the nucleus of the national hockey team of the 1970s
were Captain (Ret) A. K. Sam (Quaque), a former Sports Prefect and a number of
times Victores Ludorum, Simon Kwesi Quist (Canterbury), Anthony Brock (Jubilee),
Samuel Tsatsu Acolatse (Jubilee), Charles Mante Akrofi (Hamlyn), Laud Ankrah
(Hamlyn) and Daniel Prempeh (Knight). Captain Sam and Acolatse won the best
hockey player in Ghana award at different times when representing Adisasel and
The sports continues to remain popular on campus. The school's hockey field,
nicknamed "Sahara", continues to be the "Waterloo" of opposing teams.
The only school in Ghana with three soccer fields, Adisadel has developed soccer to a highly competitive level. Most students participate in this sport than any other sport. In the early seventies, Adisadel students like Dr. Sam Amporful (1973) played for Cape Coast Vipers. En-route to becoming the Zonal Champions, Adisadel beat Ghana National College on penalty kicks. They also beat Mfantsipim School 2-0, Winneba Secondary School 2-0. Some of the soccer results are as follows: Adisadel beat Ghanacoll 2-1, Aburaman Sec 1-0, Edinaman Sec 3-0, Cape Tech 3-1, and lost to Apam Secondary School 1-2.
After years of struggling, Adisadel finally brought home the Central Regional Championship trophy in volleyball. In achieving such a feat the Adisadel team won all their preliminary round-robin matches in straight sets. They defeated Mfantsipim School 3-1 in the semi-finals. They won the trophy by trouncing Swedru Secondary School 3-0 at Mfantsipim campus. Kudos to team members Price Aboagye, Nana Adjei Darko, Abdul Razak, Japhet Banner, John Nii-Aryee and rest of team. Jonas Nii-Aryee was chosen as the best regional volley ball player.
Being the first school in Ghana to establish a fully equipped gymnasium, Adisadel has trained many students to be gymnasts. Gymnastics is not a competitive sport in Ghana. However, the Drury Gymnasium on campus is always busy with student training on parallel bars, the horse and trampoline. The gymnasts perform on invitation and at school functions.
Track and Field
Adisadel College's continued dominance in track and field can be traced to the late forties. The school continues to produce sprinters of national and internal caliber. Since H.O Nyarku of Adisadel represented Ghana (then Gold Coast) in 1952 Olympics Games in Helsinki, the school has produced several national sprinters like George Enchill (Sakinah), Yaw Atuahene (USA), and Kofi Osei (Sasta).
In seeking veritable challenge in sports, Adisadel in the seventies extended its competitive boundaries to the international level. It participated in track and basketball meet with Lycee du Torquoi in Togo. Other "triangular" meet with Achimota, Mfantsipim, Ghana National, Winneba Secondary School and GSTS used to be part of the track schedule.
On the week of 5th March 1999 at the Adisadel Track Field, the school accomplished what has now become a routine in its efforts to uphold the track dominance tradition - winning the Regional Championship. The Hilltop Boys won by a whopping 152, with St. Augustine following far behind in second place with 115 points and Mfantsipim third place with 100 points.
Out of the sixteen trophies presented for the first place position, Adisadel took seven, and eight in second place trophies. Again conforming to tradition, Adisadel dominated the sprint events with Baagan Mumuni (Bagee) blasting his way to first place in the 100 meters and 200 meters events. Other first place positions were: John Nyarko-800 meters, Yahaya Muta -5000 meters, Benjamin Bennette - 110 meter hurdles, Amevor Daniel - Discuss, Selassie Cudjoe - Long Jump. Second place winners included the following: Benjamin Bennette -200 meters and 400 meters, Atsu Kudoto - Javelin, Abdul Razak - Discuss, Selassie Cudjoe - High Jump and Tripple Jump, Kofi Koranteng - Shot Putt, Isaac Borketey - Pole Volt. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Baagan Mumuni, Benette Benjamin, Cudjoe Selassie and John Nyarko placed second.
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Students displaying their sports trophies