The Ministry of Youth and Sports has since the first Republic undergone several changes in its structure and functions to reflect the policy directions of the incumbent Government. In 1978 the Ministry was re-designed for only sports headed by a Commissioner for Sports, who was directly responsible to the then Head of State of the Republic.

In the year 2005, the Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Education to form the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. A year later the Youth and Sports segment of this Ministry were separated. The Sports segment was combined with Education and Science to form the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports whilst the Youth segment was merged with Employment and Manpower Planning to form the Ministry of Employment, Youth and Manpower Planning.

The Government in January 2009, decided to re-establish the Ministry to represent an emergent trend, among countries worldwide, particularly in the Commonwealth Nations, which acknowledges the inherent advantages in the natural affinity between Youth and Sports as an instrument for national development.

The Ministry as it stands now implements its goals and objectives through the following Agencies and Institutions:

  • The National Sports Authority (NSA)
  • The National Youth Authority (NYA)
  • The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)

By the Civil Service Law, Act 327 of 1993, the Ministry of Youth and Sports exists to formulate Youth and Sports policies; monitor and evaluate policy implementation to achieve national integration and international recognition; promote youth empowerment and self-development; and provide enabling environment for sports development, organization and promotion.

The Mission Statement of the Ministry is:
“The creation of an enabling environment for effective development of the youth and sports sectors through policy formulation, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation and the facilitation of the provision of facilities”.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports envisions enhancing the national consciousness of the youth through effective mobilization, empowerment, education and training. It also envisions a sustained and systematic development and promotion of approved and recognized sports at both the national and international levels to foster cohesion, enhance health fitness, and promote friendship with the comity of nations.

Basically, the Ministry derives its broad functions from section 13 of PNDCL 327 of 1993 which states, inter alia, that:

A Ministry shall:

  1. Initiate and formulate policies, taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people;
  2. Undertake development planning in consultation with the National Development Planning Commission; and
  3. Co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Sector.

In furtherance of the above, the Ministry:

  1. Monitors and evaluates the programmes of four (4) main statutory institutions which subsist on subventions and for which it has administrative responsibility. These institutions are:
    1. The National Sports Authority (NSA)
    2. The National Youth Authority (NYA)
    3. The National Sports College (NSC, Winneba)
  2. Plans and programmes all inputs for sector operations, and analyses and co-ordinates all planned programmes;
  3. Ensure the application of standards and rules consistent with the generally accepted patterns of Public Administration System;
  4. Promotes the development and maintenance of appropriate structures for promoting efficiency and effectiveness of sector activities.