Following the completion of his one-month intensive training on athletics development and sustainability at the University of Delaware, Penn State, Colorado Springs, United States of America, Gambian athletics coach Modou Njie has finally returned home to Banjul.
Njie said upon his arrival at the university, he was given all the facilities and accommodation he needed for the training. The course started on the 22nd September 2012 and was attended by 31 participants from different countries in the world, who learned different fields during the course. Njie revealed that his scholarship came from the Gambian National Olympic Committee GNOC /International Olympic Committee IOC to the Gambia Athletics Association GAA, as a coach on sprinting.
Nije, who is a P/E teacher at SOS Hermann Gmeiner Senior Secondary School and head coach of the St Joseph/Augustine's Senior Secondary Schools, has a good track record in athletics at the grassroots level, having won two inter-schools athletics championships with St. Augustine's on the bounce in recent times.
Member of the GNOC Athletics commission
The Gambia National Olympic Committee GNOC under the leadership of Alhaji Momodou Dibba has set up several committees and commissions tasked with the responsibilities of looking into the affairs of the associations and to coordinate between the GNOC and the association. Njie is currently serving as the secretary general of the Athletics Commission.
Speaking further on the development of the athletes in the country, Njie said he has built relations with 10 US athletes who won gold medals in last summer's Olympic Game in London and with Universities who are ready to help enrol Gambian athletes in their curriculum.
The athletics coach also revealed that he has now developed a manual on "Long-Term Athlete Development" which he says will be handed to The Gambia National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Gambia Athletics Association. He said the manual can act as a guideline to the development of athletes to the elite level.
He added that he will train 10 Physical Education teachers in the school system, and 10 IAAF level one coaches on how to design and implement long-term training programmes as part of efforts to develop the athletes for the next generation to come. He urged every one to support the move to take Gambian sports to the highest level.