Youth Sport and Development Committee Sunday held their Annual General Meeting
(AGM) at Essau Lower Basic School ground in North bank Region’s Lower Niumi
The AGM was attended by Kerewan Area Council chairman Ma Lamin Bojang, Lower Niumi National Assembly Member Matarr Jeng, Toubakolong Youth and Sports Development Association chairman Kemo Ceesay, Ndungu Kebbeh Sports Committee Chairman Jim Kebbeh, Essau Ward Councilor, Essau Village Development Committee PRO, team representatives among other stakeholders.
Presenting the activity report, the committee’s Secretary General Kola Bahoum said the day is a milestone development in their efforts to promote grass roots football within the region.
He highlighted the committee’s plans to increase the number of teams from 21 to 24, construct dressing rooms to be named after Gambian international footballer Ebrima Sohna, continue the construction of seats around the football field, conduct trainings for team representatives together with red cross activities, introduce female competitions, marathon and athletics championships as well as to encourage and train people to become referees.
He announced that registration for the 2018/19 league season had opened with a fee of D4000 to be paid not later than 20 July when balloting will be held. “The league proper will get underway on 25 July,” he added.
Mr. Bahoum said among the successes they registered included the construction of 4 toilets at Essau Lower Basic School, seats around the football field, repairing of perimeter fence, support junior committee organise year-round tournaments among others.
He admitted that the committee endured its worse ever competition this season due to inactive participation of some committee members.
Yankuba Marong thanked everyone who in one way or the other contributed in making the 2017/18 season a success.
National Assembly Member for Lower Niumi Matarr Jeng urged the committee to maintain the commitment, hard work, principles and discipline they are known for. He also urged them to be united in the development of sports within the region.
Ma Lamin Bojang, chairman of Kerewan Area Council commended the committee for regularly staging competitions which is a business and source of employment for youth.
He urged the committee to try to establish a football academy within the region.