Plymouth/Banjul Challenge present football jerseys to 2 schools

Monday, May 21, 2018

In its continuous effort to promote youth in Sports, Plymouth/Banjul Challenge as the representatives of KitAid in The Gambia Thursday presented sportswear to 2 schools; one vocational school and a sports academy.

George Gomez, a Director of Plymouth/Banjul and the Representative of KitAid welcomed the representatives from the beneficiary institutions and stated that they were invited for this presentation to contribute to the effort to develop sports particularly football in the country.

Mr. Gomez stated that he was introduced to KitAid about 4 years ago and was surprised that the Organisation which is a registered charity in England do not have a representative in the Gambia. KitAid is registered for the purpose of helping developing countries promote and develop sports particularly football in their countries. Since 2015 KitAid has provided kits which were distributed to schools, Regional and community clubs throughout the country including Senegal.

Last week football jerseys and balls were presented to two schools in Sukuta as recognition and for encouragement for the Sukuta team winning the 2017 Super Nawentan Football tournament. On Saturday 2nd June presentation of Sports of KitAid jerseys will be done to 2 schools in Upper Nuimi in recognition of their fighting spirit and finishing as runners up in the 2017 GFF Super Nawentan Tournament.

Adama Bah, a Director of Plymouth/ Banjul Challenge stated that Plymouth/Banjul is pleased to be associated with noble cause of KitAid in helping to develop football in the continent particularly the Gambia. He stated that Plymouth/Banjul the first car Challenge in the Gambia started in 2005. As a charity organisation, the Challenged as sponsored Community based Projects in Sports, Culture and Tourism for several years. Several sports projects across the country including sports infrastructure.

The KitAid project according to Mr Bah would help to cover items of football which are sometimes beyond the means of some schools and developing community teams.He urged the recipients to make good use of the items and to stay in touch with Plymouth/Banjul so they can remembered for regular support. He requested for photographs of the teams in the jerseys donated to them as the donors would like to see that the items donated to us were in fact in use.

 Mr Gomez further stated that some of the donated items are from schools in England and this can open up a link between the recipient schools and the donor schools. He asked the Head Teachers to get in touch with the donor schools to create and may establish a twinning between the two schools.

The beneficiary institutions were:

1.         The Gambia Training and Hospitality Institute with two sets of Jerseys for their male and female teams, Track suits for their Principal and team coach

2.         St Francis Junior and Senior Secondary School with 2 sets of Jerseys for their male and female teams, Track suits for their coach and the Coordinator and a football.

3.         Kairaba Junior and Senior Secondary School with 2 sets of Jerseys for their male and female teams, Track suit for the coach and their Principal and a football.

4.         Batabut Kantora Football Academy with a set of Jerseys, assorted items for training, mixture of jerseys, football training cones and training vets in different colours and two footballs. THE Batabut Kantora Football Academy is based in Batabut in Foni.

All the football donated were from Omar Jatta of Gam Sports who is based in the UK and organises donation of sports items for teams and groups here in the Gambia. Mr Jatta is from Albreda in Upper Nuimi.

In her reaction, Mama G Amoussou Principal of the Kairaba Junior and Senior thanked Mr Gomez for identifying her school for this award which she stated will motivate the students to take sports more seriously. She said the students only participate in their annual inter house schools sports.

She expressed appreciation for the items presented to the Institute and stated that it will motivate the students and help to keep them fit at all times. She said they are now developing a female team and they are thinking of challenging the Gambia Tourism Board to a football match.

Michael Mendy on behalf of the Principal of the School stated that the presentation came at the right time because there is only one set of Jerseys in the school which is shared between the male and female teams.

Pa Omar Jarju thanked the Plymouth Banjul and KitAid for the presentation. He stated that his academy in based in the Fonis and it is extremely difficult to get things or to find sponsors for Sports programs and academies in that part of the country. He stated that his academy the Batabut Kantora Football Academy has registered to play in the qualifiers of the Western Region Nawentan Football tournament but do not even have decent jerseys to play with.

Mr Bah further informed the gathering of a new Initiative undertaken by Plymouth/Banjul and in collaboration with the Gambia Athletics and the Senegalese Athletics Associations to organise the first ever Senegambia Novelty Run which will be a relay race from Banjul to Dakar.

An event dedicated to President Barrow and President Macky Sall. An event will, it is hoped, impact on Integration in the Sub Region and enhance tourism in the two countries.

Mr Bah appealed to the Institutions to see if they can raise teams by encouraging their passed students to come and form a team for the Novelty run.