Feb 15, 2013, 9:48 AM
Pa Famara Jatta, widely known as J.J. Jatta, who is head coach of the Gambia Golf Association (GGA) Golf Academy, has said he is really impressed about the progress of the academy students at the Bakau New Town Lower Basic School.
JJ Jatta, a senior professional golfer who has been identified together with two other professional golfers (Tijan Kuyateh and Omar Jadama) by the GGA for the teaching of the students, added that the students are showing keen interest to the game.
“It’s really interesting seeing the students doing very well,” he said.
Pa Famara was full of praises for Nabil Njie, head boy of Bakau New Town Lower Basic School, Fatou Faye and Wuday Kuyateh, saying they are doing “extremely well”.
“We hope to have Gambian Tiger Woods very soon,” he said, referring to Nabil Njie and other students doing very well.
The experienced professional senior golfer also called on parents to help their children in whatever way they can and further challenges everyone, especially ministers and permanent secretaries, to come and play golf.
He remarked that the initiation of the “Golf Nets for Schools” pilot programme is GGA’s first step in trying to decentralize golf in the country, starting with schools, which is the grassroots.
He also called on schools interested in the “Golf Nets for Schools” pilot programme to apply through GGA.
He said the academy is open to all Gambians and non-Gambians alike, adding that elders having problems with their swing can call him or come to the academy at Bakau New Town LBS.
JJ Jatta also took time to thank Mrs Haddy S. Njie, headmistress of Bakau New Town LBS; Mr Faye, Physical Education Teacher, and the entire management of the school for their support, saying: “They have been very helpful.”
Nabil Njie, head boy of Bakau New Town LBS and a student of the academy, said he is trying very hard to improve himself, adding that Pa Famara JJ Jatta and the entire golf academy teachers have been very supportive of him and the rest of the academy students.
Nabil stated that all sports are the same but added that since he could not concentrate on football, he is focusing on golf.
He concluded by calling on golf lovers to encourage and support them.
Bakau New Town Lower Basic School are the first beneficiaries of this initiative: “Golf Nets for Schools” pilot programme, launched by the GGA earlier this year at the school in their quest
to decentralize golf in the country.