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20 handball coaches complete level one course

Apr 19, 2010, 3:15 PM | Article By: Cherno O. Bobb

The two weeks Level 1 Handball Coaching Course for 20 participants, sponsored by the International Olympic Solidarity on Friday ended at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The President of the Gambia Handball Association, Sheriff Sanyang during the closing of the ceremony, said "it was gratifying to note that the technical base of the foundation of the Gambia Handball Association was one again more strengthened by the birth of 20 Level One Handball Coaches, another group of resource persons to champion the cause of the growth of handball in The Gambia."

He said within the next few days his association shall table before the Executive Secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC) a draft proposal for the launch of a grassroots development programme with a view to translate their commitment into prompt actions.

Lawrence Bruce, the Executive Director of the Gambia National Olympic Committee urged the participants to make good use of the programme and share the knowledge gained with others.

Mr. Bruce also urged the Gambia Handball Association to introduce the game of handball in schools in all the regions of the country to be able to catch grassroots talents.

He expressed optimism that one day they will have a team that would represent The Gambia in the Olympic Games.

Allen Lund, the Course Director of the Level One Coaching Course said he was happy to hear the plans of the Gambia Handball Association, adding that the association has taken the right step by decentralising the game.

Lund also stated that handball is the cheapest sports in the world and also urged the Gambia Handball Association to organise a training course for the Gambia Handball referees. He finally thanked the participants for their hard work during the training.

All the participants were awarded certificates at the end of the course.