(Monday, 11 September 2017 Issue)
Twenty teams representing an equal number of villages in the Sabach Sanjal Constituency of the North Bank Region (NBR) are competing in this year’s Nawettan for a trophy and cash prize.
The tournament was officially opened on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Ngain Sanjal, one of the main towns of the area. Ngain Sanjal locked horns with Pallen Fula in a thrilling goalless draw.
The district tournament is officially named after former Presidential Affairs Minister and Youth Development enthusiast, Momodou Sabally, who is currently running a social entrepreneurship consultancy firm, Pen’s Den Consulting.
Addressing players, fans and community leaders at the opening of the tournament on Monday, Sabally stated that in consultation with the National Assembly Member for the constituency, Hon. Ousman Touray, the tournament shall take the form of a Sports-based youth development programme (SBYD) with a view to facilitate learning and life skills development among youths of the region. And it shall be officially labeled “Momodou Sabally Tournament for Youth Empowerment in Sabach Sanjal.”
“The term ‘sports-based youth development program’ was coined in 2006 at a summit sponsored by Harvard University’s Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR), Positive Learning Using Sports (PLUS), and the Vail Leadership Institute. SBYD programs were defined as programs that ‘use a particular sport… to facilitate learning and life skill development in youth.’”
Through seminars and lecture series planned to be held during the period of the Nawettan, young people in the constituency will be accorded platforms to learn about life skills relevant to self-actualization and effective participation in community service and development.