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Volleyball Federation concludes visit to Dream Project centres

Dec 27, 2016, 11:44 AM | Article By: Muhammed L. Saidykhan GVBF Press Officer

The Gambia Volleyball Federation had entered into the second year of the implementation of the Africa Dream Project.

The Dream Project is an initiative of the FIVB president, Dr Ary S. Graca and is meant for Africa with the sole aim of seeing the continent at the center stage of world volleyball championships.

The project is a 4-year flagship programme in volleyball development for Africa with a funding amounted to $30,000USD per year for each recipient.

Over the weekend the GVBF project management team embarked on an inspection of three of the four centers, namely Banjul, Brikama and Farafenni.

At the Banjul center, the project director, Bai Dodou Jallow, reaffirmed his support to the Africa Dream project.

He advised the coaches to strategize their plans and make good use of the project to train and equip kids on the basis of the games.

The dream project is a pilot project of FIVB president and The Gambia is among the few countries in Africa that have benefited from it. “So it is a pride as well as a challenge; therefore we should work hard,” Jallow said.

He acknowledged his Federation’s willingness to promote grassroots volleyball. 

“I want to see every school-going Gambian kid play volleyball, and that is the goal of Dr Ary Graca FIVB president; that’s why he is funding this project,” he said.

‘His dream is to see one day an African nation on the gold medal Podium at the world championship, so we should make him to see that and God willing it will be The Gambia, he told participants in Brikama.

The Volleyball Federation concludes its monitoring and evaluation in Farafenni where a three-man team led by Kalilou Bayo together with Alfousainey Jarju and Pa Barrow went onto to see the progress made at the North Bank settlement.

The management team will finalize their inspection at the Serrekunda East centre after the Christmas break.