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British duo to set up Football Link Gambia Project

Jan 26, 2011, 1:56 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

British duo Meriel Habbard and counterpart Hannah Thompson are in The Gambia to set up a project called Football Link Gambia in Medina Salaam of Kombo South, Pointsport has gathered.

The project, expected to benefit a good number of Gambian youths, is also aimed at providing sustainable football development trend for villages like Gunjur, Medina Salaam, Berending and Kartong, according to officials of the project, who arrived in Banjul a week ago.

The charity organisation, based in the UK, is meant “to provide a sustainable football development trend whose ultimate aim is to improve the standard of football” in the community, Habbard Meriel says.

“It will also go a long way in trying to build the future of Gambian youths so that they are able to showcase their talents at the highest level,” she added.

The duo are also working with a charity called Wonder Years Centre of Excellence (WYCE) in Medina Salaam, The Gambia.

“The charity is also working with Christ the King Football Club in Coventry, the UK, for the same purpose,” Habbard told Pointsport in an interview yesterday.

Habbard, who walked into The Point offices accompanied by her compatriot Hannah Thompson, added: “We chose The Gambia because we have realised that there are lots of talents in The Gambia who, if given the necessary support, can be exposed to higher standards in football.

Speaking of her desire to help in exposing talented Gambian footballers, Habbard also vowed to expand the project into becoming a larger one that will see the involvement of different sports disciplines in the near future.