Central River Region (CRR) opens first Inter Regional volleyball camp.
Central River Region (CRR) opens first Inter Regional volleyball camp.

At least 75 young people drawn from all regions of The Gambia are currently converging in Janjanbureh for a 6 day inter regional volleyball and sport for development camp supported by United Purpose under an EU funded scheme.

This is one of the most important basics for the development of volleyball in the Gambia, says Pa Baboucarr Barrow head coach of Gambia’s beach volleyball team.

The program being driven via mass youth participation, engaging kids to induct them in the popular sport.

Acknowledging recent efforts to decentralise volleyball in The Gambia, Mr Barrow believes ‘this is the best way to start that passage.’

‘I am so excited to join this camp which prepares our young people to commit to the games development and wellbeing in the Gambia’, states the Regional Youth and Sport Coordinator Lamin Sima.

United Purpose official Lamin Manjang thanked the participants and coaches for the dedication already demonstrated and urged them to take advantage of the camp to understand the game.

Muhammed L. Saidykhan the project Initiator described the scheme as an important and a timely move necessary to resolve social issues affecting our younger generation.

“This camp is not only meant to play volleyball, we’ve included presentations such as Irregular migration, Sport for Development and peace building initiatives to give participants an educational and interactive session”.

The six day camp will see participants going through presentations on Irregular migration, Women’s role in Sport and ways to promote peace and development via sports alongside the sharing of opportunities for gainful youth employment in the country.

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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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