May 4, 2009, 9:29 AM
Schools for Progress, a UK educational charity, over the weekend donated jerseys to the Lamin-based football academy called KGH Sports Football Academy.The package which includes a complete match jerseys, shorts and socks was presented to the academy by Christine Clarke, the charity’s UK-Gambian representative, who was accompanied by Mr Tony, who is a brother to Mrs Clarke and a supporter of the charity.
According to the donors, the kits were donated by the Lincaln Ladies FC through Mr Frank Beaton who is a long-time supporter of Nothengham Forest FC. The charity over the past has brought a lot of football kits to The Gambia, but this is the first time the Lamin-based academy was benefitting from their gesture. Mr Beaton who cannot personally make it to The Gambia this time around sent a note to urge beneficiaries of such gestures to make good use of them. Mr Beaton is presently in his sick bed and seeks prayers for his speedy recovery.
The link between the academy and the charity was established by Ismaila Senghore, who is the CEO and head of finance at KGH Sports football academy and also a trustee of the Schools for Progress charity. According to Senghore, the jerseys to KGH Sports were very timely as the kids prepare for their annual nooran league finals play-off as the defending champions.
This will serve as a moral and motivational tool for the youngsters as they prepare to take on their fellow academy mates, Universal Academy, in the finals. He also thanked the SFP for their donation and appealed them to assist the academy more as they are still in need of materials to make the environment conducive for the children.
Amadou Bah, who is the team captain of the academy’s U15 team, thanked the donors for their timely intervention. He said the jerseys will boast their morale and make them play well. He finally wished and prayed for Mr Beaton’s speedy and timely recovery, and assured the donors that the jerseys will be used properly. He also thanked the executive of KGH Sports for their tireless efforts in creating a learning and conducive environment for the kids to learn football.