Gambia Volleyball Federation trains local referees

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A three-day refereeing training course organised and funded by The Gambia Volleyball Federation for local indoor volleyball referees ended in Banjul at the weekend.

The training involved 13 national referees including two females. It is part of the Federation’s continuous capacity building programme and short term projects to enhance the referees’ technical knowledge.

The refresher course was conducted by Gambia’s only certified international indoor volleyball referee Bai Dodou Jallow at the BO Semega Janneh hall at Olympafrica center. At the closing of the training, Mr. Jallow, who also doubles as the acting president of GVBF urged the referees to take the profession seriously and to be honest in the trade.

“Volleyball refereeing could be challenging and demanding and requires a lot of research and reading,” Mr. Jallow said, advising the female participants to be focused and be always tolerant. He also stressed on discipline and patience, asking them to always report to match grounds on time.

Kalilou Bayo, chairperson of the Gambia Volleyball referees committee thanked the Federation for the support in sharpening the skills of the national referees.

He said Gambia today has only one certified international referee and one international indoor referee. He said the country is yet to have an international beach volleyball referee.

The 2018 national league season will begin February 23 with a super cup final between GAF and Gamtel/Gamcel female teams while Brikama and Interior will face each other in the men final. All matches will be played at the Independence Stadium.

Author: Muhammed L. Saidykhan, GVBF Press Officer