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The Establishing and Inauguration of SAPWA.

Sport and leisure is one of the major ingredients of a healthy life; the introduction of sporting events and the possibility of the participants achieving what once was only a dream, gives the youth of an impoverished region determination; this is the binding foundation of society and character building; also a further advantage is that of creating employment. Mr. Frank Martin Corlett arranged and organised a major football event on Principe called the “Viking Cup” to be played annually.

Mr. Stephen Foster, famously known as “Steve the Viking Foster”, was invited in September 2008 to present the winners and runners up cups and medals and also help the underprivileged youth on Principe to participate in other sporting activities and events; Stephen came up with the concept of a Sporting Academy for the island, inviting the youth in mainland African countries to participate in sporting activities in a safe haven, demonstrating their capabilities where European sporting ‘scouts’ have no worry of having to visit volatile regions to access potential footballers, boxers and athletes. The President of Principe His Excellency José Cassandra, a trustee of SAPWA, is totally committed to ensuring the success of the sporting academy.

José Cassandra,

The event of the “Viking Cup” will go down in history, the enthusiasm and jubilation shown by the participants was awe inspiring, there has never been such an event held on the island, the presenting of the football kits to the teams gave the players a shock, never has so many smiling faces been seen on a football pitch at the start of a match. The heroes of football to the island are Manchester United, everybody tries to get a red football shirt with the United players names on it, the frustration at the sight of the football kits of who was going to wear Manchester United away colours was decided with a flip of a coin, the added excitement and enthusiasm to the match was who would win, the team wearing the “All Stars” colours had to beat the islands idols Manchester United, and the team wearing Manchester United colours just couldn’t bear the thought of losing, the game was played at a staggering pace, at half time the teams just changed round, Gary Lloyd barely had time to change shirts.

This memorable occasion has given all the people involved the determination to succeed in establishing SAPWA and giving a future to the “forgotten island”.

SAPWA Intended Facilities

The island presently has a football stadium and a training pitch, there are no other sporting facilities on the island; SAPWA intends to establish the following activities:

intended facilities

These activities are the basics; expansion into the many aspects associated with sport will be addressed by the directors and patrons as the project of the Sporting Academy progresses.

Football Stadium

The name chosen for the new stadium pays tribute to an almost forgotten English genius, Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington.

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Similar to the “forgotten island” of Principe, through the realms of time the name and achievements of Sir Arthur Eddington have also been “forgotten”, or lost in the archives of great Englishmen. To mention the “theory of relativity”, the majority of people instantly name Albert Einstein. During World War 1, Arthur Eddington was Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society, which meant he was the first to receive letters from Willem de Sitter regarding Einstein’s theory of general relativity; Frank Dyson the Astronomer Royal, and Arthur Eddington the Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society organized two expeditions to observe a solar eclipse in 1919 to make the first empirical test of Einstein’s theory: that being the deflection of light by the sun’s gravitational field. In fact, it was Dyson’s argument for the indispensability of Arthur Eddington’s expertise in these tests that allowed him to escape prison during the war for his pacifist beliefs. After the war on 29th May 1919, Arthur Eddington travelled to the island of Principe watch the solar eclipse. During the eclipse he took pictures of the stars in the region around the Sun. According to the theory of general relativity, stars near the Sun would appear to have slightly shifted because their light had been curved by its gravitational field. This effect is noticeable only during an eclipse, since otherwise the Sun’s brightness obscures the affected stars. Arthur Eddington showed that Newtonian gravitation could be interpreted to predict half the shift predicted by Einstein who’s theory predictions were incomplete, by the time the 1919 eclipse observations were submitted by Arthur Eddington, Einstein had corrected his calculations.


Arthur Eddington’s observations were published in 1920 and confirmed Einstein’s theory, and were hailed at the time as conclusive proof of general relativity over the Newtonian model. The news was reported in newspapers all over the world as a major story. Afterward, Arthur Eddington embarked on a campaign to popularize relativity and the expedition as landmarks both in scientific development and international scientific relations.

Arthur Eddington was born in Kendal, England, son of Quaker parents, Arthur Henry Eddington and Sarah Ann Shout. His father taught at a Quaker training college in Lancashire before moving to Kendal to become headmaster of Stramongate School; he died in a typhoid epidemic which swept England in 1884. When his father died, his mother was left to bring up her two children with very little income.

The family moved to Weston-Super-Mare where Stanley (as his mother and sister always called him) was educated at home before spending three years at a preparatory school. In 1893 Eddington entered Brynmelyn School where in 1898 he earned a scholarship to Owens College, Manchester in mathematics and English literature. Eddington lived at Dalton Hall whilst at Manchester; he graduated with a B.Sc. in physics with First Class Honours in 1902.