“FIFA is helping to popularise the game by increasing public awareness and conducting information”

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Mrs Jane Ebbage, an expert in women’s football coaching will, on Saturday, September 29, arrive in Banjul to conduct a FIFA training course for over twenty Gambian female coaches. Mrs Jane’s trip to the country is in line with FIFA’s quest to promote the development of women's football and its pledges to support women's football financially; and to give women players, coaches, referees and officials the opportunity to become actively involved in football, as enshrined in world body’s mission statement. “FIFA is helping to popularise the game by increasing public awareness and conducting information campaigns as well as overcoming social and cultural obstacles for women with the ultimate aim of improving women's standing in society”.

Thirty Gambia female football coaches will be drawn from the league clubs and regions for the week-long training course, scheduled between October 1 to October 7 at the GFA Centre for Excellence situated at Yundum.

During the week-long gathering, participants will be exposed to various skills in football coaching, including principles of coaching, development of football techniques and skills, criteria for age group training, physical preparation of young players, as well as basic tactics and strategies of the world’s most popular sports - football.

Women’s football continues to gain momentum in the country, yet The Gambia is yet to form a National team for regional and continental competitions.

In a separate development, Abdou Salaam Jammeh and Sainey Jammeh CAF’s Education Officer and head of female football, respectively, are now in Shanghai, China for a seminar, organised by world football body, FIFA, on women's football.

The duo flew out of Banjul to Paris on Wednesday morning, from where they connected another flight to Shanghai. The seminar began on Thursday morning and will end this weekend.

Author: Written by Nanama Keita
Source: The Daily Observer Newspaper