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Football Gambia presents materials to RIS

Mar 2, 2011, 1:53 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Yahya Manneh, country director of Football Gambia, a charitable organisation based in the United Kingdom, on behalf of his organisation, yesterday presented sporting and learning materials to a nursery school called Royal International School in Lamin Wayeto West.

The gesture formed part of a series of high-profile presentation ceremonies by Football Gambia whose unflinching support to the Gambian sports in recent times is becoming immeasurable.

The materials included 10 mini-balls, playing games, and novel books meant for the use of students of the school in their daily engagements, which brought joy and happiness to Babucarr Jatta, acting principal of the school.

The inspirational figure behind the initiative, Yahya Manneh, a key contributor to sports development in the country, said: “The gesture by Football Gambia is in line with the organisation’s strive to meaningfully involve a teaming number of school-going children in sports and the youths in particular.”

Sports is a tool that is capable of bringing students and youth together to foster unity and cooperation among themselves, Manneh said, added: “Football Gambia has adopted a culture of promoting education through sports, an endeavour every Gambian is enthusiastic about.”

He continued:  “The materials I believe will go a long way in trying to help the students of Royal International Nursery School to realise the stance of Football Gambia as a way of contributing their quota in national development.”

Manneh also said Football Gambia (FG) is the country on two missions. “One is to capacitise and two is to empower,” he said. “We capacitise you with knowledge; we empower you with materials for your needs.”

The secretary-general of the KGH Sports Academy, Ismaila Senghore, whose office brought the FG to The Gambia, said he was extremely delighted to be associated with what he referred to as “significant presentation of valuable materials to the needy”.

He thanked the donors for the assistance, saying he was sure the donated items would boost the learning mentality of the students at the Royal International School.

Philip Bass, a teacher at the school who spoke on behalf of his colleagues and the students, commended the FG for its “attractive and a kind gesture”.

“We are very much happy and grateful for the gesture and we hope that the materials will go a very long way in trying to help the school carry out its learning and sporting activities properly,” Bass told Pointsport shortly after receiving the donated items.