By: Yankuba Manneh

New Yundum Sports Association (NYSA) rolled out a two-day introductory coach training for 15 football amateur coaches. The training wrapped up on Sunday 17th October, 2021 comprised both theory and practical components.

The training which drew participants across New Yundum is aimed at strengthening the capacity of grassroots coaches and equip them with the requisite skills and knowledge pertinent for the attainment of their career goals in coaching.

Speaking to the press at the end of the training, Bubacarr Ceesay, the President of New Yundum Sports Association said the training was necessitated by his Association’s desire to build and enhance the capacity of all coaches in New Yundum and adequately prepare them for a smooth career progression. He also underscored that the skills and the knowledge learned will greatly change the outlook of soccer in New Yundum, as coaches play a cardinal role in any sports development.

“We want to introduce D-License certificate as a requirement for coaching in New Yundum “nawettan” tournament. We have very limited coaches with requisite training in D-License. So we thought it necessary to conduct this foundation training for coaches to prepare them for future D-License training,” he explained.

Mr. Ceesay expressed hope that the capacity of these emerging coaches will improve and the knowledge acquired is expected to reflect in the general conduct and comportment of both coaches and players that are in accordance with game rules and regulations. He called on all coaches of Yundum, especially those who were unable to attend this one, to be prepared and willing to participate in future trainings.

One of the trainers Yaya Manneh who doubles as the Secretary to West Coast Region Football Coaching Association and lead instructor expressed optimism that the skills and knowledge shared are indispensable and if well utilized it will facelift the New Yundum sports development and West Coast in general.

“The training is a positive one and it will set the participants on the coaching certification pathway,” Mr. Manneh stated with optimism.

He assured that the foundation training for the participants was detailed and relished with all the essential techniques for their career development. He opined that the onus now lie on them to build on the skills and knowledge garnered.

Giving a vote of thanks on behalf of the participants, Mamadi Jammeh and Coach of Manneh Kunda United F.C was delightful to benefit from this foundation coach training as it will improve and positively impact his knowledge in the realm of coaching. He also implored on his fellow participants to judiciously utilize the skills and knowledge gained for the advancement of New Yundum Sports Development as well as the West Coast Region. The training was punctuated with a presentation of certificates of participation.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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