May 15, 2012, 11:20 AM
Javier Blanco, the sponsor of Brufut-based academy, Brufut FC Canarias, is set to improve the structures of the academy to meet international standards.
Mr. Blanco who is in Banjul as part of a visit from Spain and to witness the recruitment of new players for the academy last Friday spoke to Pointsporton the future of the academy and Gambian football in general.
He said the academy was established in December 2007, in partnership with a Gambian friend he met in
According to him, the children at the academy are progressing very slowly due to the lack of a training field of their own.
"The Alkalo of Brufut has promised to give us land so that the children can hold their regular practice. This will also give us the opportunity to build the necessary structures on the land," he explained.
The Brufut Canarias FC, who were crowned champions of the GFA U-15 Inter Academy Tournament sponsor said when these structures are put in place, "there will be more room for talented players from the academy for the purpose of national teams and leagues in
Commenting on Gambian football in general, he said The Gambia is blessed with very talented players but noted that the problem is that its players go in for minor leagues.
Blanco who is also engaged with academies in
The Brufut Canarias FC sponsor who has been a frequent visitor to The Gambia for the past 25 years working with tourists from
He is also the founder of the eight-classroom
According to him, he did it out of love for The Gambia as 120 of the 350 students attending the school are sponsored by him, while others pay at a low cost, all geared towards promoting education in the country.
Blanco?s love for The Gambia also prompted him to help established an association of Gambians in
Efforts to standardise the academy is in high gear as the academy has now employed the services of a General Manager.