May 15, 2009, 7:36 AM
The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), in collaboration with St. Yorkshire University in England has signed a Memorandum of Understanding geared towards cementing the already existing cordial relationship between the two parties at the Gambia National Olympic Committee's house yesterday.
The Executive Director of the Gambia National Olympic Committee Lawrence Bruce, who was present at the signing ceremony dilated on the significance of what he described as a formidable and wonderful initiative by the Yorkshire University.
The significance of this Memorandum of Understanding with our English counterparts, according to Bruce, is a big privilege for Gambian athletes at all levels, who are expected to benefit from a high-standard training facility in England, as part of the MOU. This highlights the importance of having a formidable facility for our athletes to enable them prepare for the 2012 London Olympic games.
"Having the proper training facility in England is significant because it will help our athletes prepare on such find facility so as to perform at the London Olympic games in 2010," added Bruce who went further to speak on the numerous benefits the Gambian athletes at all areas are expected to gain from the MOU.
"The engagement will further design programmes that can help our athletes to be exposed to high-standard facilities and this is just the kick-off of what Yorkshire University has to offer to The Gambia in terms of support," Bruce told journalists.
The representative of Yorkshire University Games Gill said the reason of coming up with such an initiative for The Gambia is to help Gambian talents realise their ambitions in sports, among other important areas.
He is hopeful that the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries will go a very long way towards supporting the Gambia National Olympic Committee and the Gambian people at large.