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GFF launches schools, youth football

Nov 18, 2016, 12:02 PM | Article By: Lamin Darboe

The Gambia Football Federation yesterday launched the Schools and Youth football project at Football House in Kanifing Layout.

In his launching statement, Lamin Kabba Bajo, the president of the Gambia Football Federation, said the project runs from 2016 to 2020, adding that the project would commence later this year.

Martin Gomez, the third-vice president of the Gambia Football Federation, who also doubles as the president of the Gambia Secondary School Sports Association, said the GSSFA and GFF agreed to promote grassroots football in the country, adding that the initiative increases interest in schools football.

Gomez also stated that school children out of theschool system are expected to part take in the project, noting that they would also train referees, medics and PE teachers.

 Ebou Faye, the second-vice president of the Gambia Football Federation, said the idea of playing schools football is to catch talents at a tender age, and that Lower, Upper Basic Schools and children out of the school system are expected to participate in the four-year schools and youth football project.

Faye added that referees, administrators, medics, PE teachers and regional coaches are expected to be trained during the four-year project, and regional coaches are set to work with the Technical Director of the GFF.

Ebrima Manneh, Technical Director of the GFF, said referees, administrators, coaches and PE teachers would be trained during the project.

Alhagie Ebrima Nyassi, the GFF grassroots football development officer, said the four-year project is for school children and non-students.