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Young Kaur Footballers Set up Academy

Mar 31, 2009, 7:31 AM | Article By: Malick Jassey

Football in The Gambia is an institution and a national past time. So, when the young people of Kaur Janneh Kunda, Central River Region, wanted to play ball, they went all the way and set up a YouthFootballAcademy.

The academy has 30 boys and 30 girls who are all working hard to improve their football skills. It  was created in June 2008 with the help of Malick Jassey, a Project Officer with Agency for Village Support (AVISU), a National NGO working in The Gambia.

All members of the academy receive coaching from Malick, who gained his Coaching Certificate from The Gambia Football Association in 2001.

The first boys' tournament commenced under the auspices of the Academy in 2008, and was won by 'Janneh 11's Football Club' in March 2009. They received a trophy which had been purchased by Tracy Prentice, a VSO volunteer based in Kaur and Malick Jassey.

A girls' tournament has recently been established and 'AVISU Girls Team' are top of the table after their second game. AVISU support the team and provided 50% of the funding to purchase the girls' football kit.

However, to ensure the future of the academy, support is required. If you can help in any way please contact Malick Jassey, manager of the academy on 9712633.