Some of Football Gambia achievements/ activities 2013/14 in The Gambia are listed below:
Renovated a medical centre and installing a solar power system to a medical centre.
Implementing an irrigation water system for a vegetable garden.
Running two football, first aid and child protection courses for 100 Gambian grassroots coaches.
Building a nursery school
Building a chicken coop and buying 35 chickens to support a rural village
Bringing 59 people from the UK to The Gambia in January 2014
St Albans City Youth are proud to provide coaches and young leaders to support Football Gambia.
St Albans City Youth Trustee Lawrence Levy can be seen in Gambia supporting the Community Football Charity - Football Gambia.
Lawrence was supported by Sam Mardle (on his third visit), Charlie Boswell, Matt Wyatt and Ben Kelly from the club.
They were able to complete a number of Community tasks and led leadership training activities while in Africa.
If you would like to find out more about Football Gambia visit their website on www.footballgambia.org
In late January, a team of twenty local people, including three St Albans City Youth FC representatives took part in a charity trip to The Gambia. Club coaches Caroline Johnston, Sam Mardle, and Trustee Alan Moorhouse raised funds for the charity Football Gambia, a charity set up by City Youth U13s North Coach Ian Stapleton. Football Gambia’s mission statement is to ‘help promote education through football and develop communities in The Gambia.’
The trip’s main aim was to improve the lives of those living in Sittanunku, a particularly deprived area on the North Bank of the country. Whilst there, the team delivered a Level 1 Coaching Course to 60 local Gambian coaches and put on many Sports Leadership sessions for over 200 children.
Three young coaches from St Albans City Academy and St Albans City Youth travelled to Gambia and had a life changing experience.
Tegana James (TJ) from St Albans City, Sam Mardle, Dave Wray and Sam Crafts from St Albans City Youth joined the rest of the team from Football Gambia to give the Gambian coaches a boost. TJ was able to work with the local coaches helping a number of them achieve their Level 2 coaching accreditation. Sam Crafts and Sam Mardle were invited to work with the PE Dept of Sifoe Secondary School to help them with their PE lessons.
St Albans City Youth work with the local charity Kit Aid and were able to deliver 8 St Albans kit to Sifoe School to be used by their Junior and Senior School teams. in addition they were given pens, skipping ropes and replica shirts due to the generosity of the club. Above is a picture of the Sifoe School first team wearing one of the St Albans kits.
Sam Crafts said "It was a life changing experience for me. I will appreciate many things that are available to me more than I ever did before"
For more information about excellent work undertaken by Ian Stapleton of Football Gambia visit www.footballgambia.org.