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.