Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at St Augustine’s football field, Isabel Goodman, who raised funds for the academy, recounted how her husband, Graig Goodman got in contact with the academy.
“We first visited Banjul in March 2013 and met with Lamin Jobarteh the manager of the academy at the beach together with the kids and we promised to help. Since then, this is our third trip to The Gambia,” she said.
She further revealed that they have shipped in football boots, jersey, socks and books for the kids, reiterating her continuous support and commitment for the welfare of the foundation.
“These children are very enthusiastic and some of them were not having the right boots with them to play football. This motivated me and my husband and we thought it worthwhile to support them,” she added.
Mrs Goodman further stated that plans are in the offing to organise another round of fund- raising in order for them to get more materials for the academy as well as schools in The Gambia.
Tijan Yullah, the head coach of the academy, commended the couple for the ‘wonderful donation’. Coach Yullah assured them that the donated materials would greatly improve both the educational and sporting skills of the children.
“We don’t only teach the children how to kick the ball but we also teach them how to push the pen in class,” he enunciated.
He finally called on other philanthropists in and outside The Gambia to emulate Mr and Mrs Goodman by helping his academy and others in the country.
Lamin Kebbeh, a parent, advised the young children to be disciplined in whatever they are doing in order to reap future benefits.
He also told them to be committed with their education as well, as it is the key to succeed in life. At the end of the presentation, some of the kids could be seen smiling as they were with handed some of the donated items.]]>