Mar 25, 2008, 5:32 AM
Brentford FC, a UK football club in the English FA League 1, who are now occupying 3rd spot in the League one (1), have donated football gears to KGH Sports football academy in Lamin Town.
The materials included football jerseys, tracksuits, socks and other items.
It would be recalled that the relationship was built through the aid of Football Gambia, a UK Charitable organization, way back in 2010 when the charity brought in a UEFA A licenced coach, Stuart English, formerly of Luton Town FC.
Stuart later transferred to Brentford FC as head of coaching affairs in 2011 and since then has been taking KGH Sports issues as his utmost concern.
Stuart is keeping his vow of rendering assistance to KGH Sports as he did when he was at Luton Town FC, said Yahya Manneh, founder of KGH Sports Football Academy, who doubles as coordinator and head of coaching at the Lamin-based football academy.
Manneh, who is a UK level 2 certificate holder in coaching football, expressed delight over the gesture and thanked Stuart for keeping to his promise.
He said the materials would go a long way in boosting the moral of the children within the academy.
He said further that during his English FA level 1 & 2 courses in the UK in 2012, Stuart rendered him the privilege to stay with Brentford FC for practical and observing the structures of the club, which really served as an eye opener to him.
He expressed delight over the donation of the materials and urged the beneficiaries to put them into good use as it is the only way that can cement the relationship between these two footballing institutes.
For his part, the CEO of KGH Sports Football Academy, Ismaila Senghore, expressed gratitude and appreciation with Stuart for his gesture to the academy since 2010.
“Stuart has never forgot us as we are in regular contact with him on emails and other communication means,” he said, while thanking the executive of Brentford FC for their timely support and also appealed for more of its kind to follow suit.
“Stuart remains to be a man of his word despite his absence in The Gambia since 2010,” he added.
“We are wishing him all the best in his career as a coach and football development officer,” Senghore said, while thanking Football Gambia founder Ian Stapleton, for creating the environment conducive for building a fruitful relationship between KGH Sports Football Academy and Stuart English.
The head of the team captain of the KGH Sports football academy, Ismaila Conteh, also expressed more words of appreciation for the gesture, appealing to other football philanthropists to emulate the efforts of Stuart and Football Gambia through whom Ian Stapleton created the opportunity for the academy to have such contacts.
Mr Conteh, who is also the captain of the U-17 category, said their aim is to learn, which is actually going on since their head coach, Yahya Manneh, returned from his coaching course in the UK.