Refs, coaches end training

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A five-day basic refereeing course for the Banjul and Kanifing regions ended at the Football Hotel in Old Yundum on Sunday.
The programme, organised by the Gambia Football Federation (GFF), brought together 23 participants, seven of which were women.
The event is part of the Fifa Forward 2.0 programme for referees’ development, which will ensure 10 separate referees training each year for the period 2019 to 2021.
Elsewhere, a five-day Olympic Solidarity level one coaching course for coaches of the first and second division domestic leagues came to an end on Tuesday at the Football Hotel in Yundum attended by 20 participants.

Sang John Ndong the Technical Director of the GFF advised the coaches to put into practice the knowledge gained saying: “There is no short curve in football as a coach; you have to train and work hard to succeed,” adding that the training is to prepare them for the upcoming CAF C License course.
Finally, the second phase of the ongoing GFF grassroots football programme for girls within the Kanifing Municipality began on Monday at the Serekunda East mini stadium.
Monika Staab, the lead trainer, said there are lots of potentials out there but they need to get opportunities as their male counterparts.
“We have so many boys’ football academies in the country but we don’t have many girls’ academies.”

She said the programme is specially dedicated for girls of grades 3 to 5, noting that it started in February in Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality will be done within March and then it will continue to other regions around the country.

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