19 December 2012

Gambia: Roundup of Gambia Cricket Association Activities

In commemoration of the World's Aids Day, the Gambia Cricket Association under the leadership of its President Johnny Gomez held a wide range of activities last week in Banjul and Brikama.

A day Governance Course was held on Wednesday 5th December 2012, at The July 22nd Square in Banjul which Twenty (20) participants from different Sporting Disciplines took part. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, the President of the Gambia Athletics Association Alhaji Dodou Capi Joof described the course as very important as far as sports development is concerned, he further said that Sports cannot be developed without proper human resources, training coaches, and developing the grassroots, which cricket is in the right direction. He says that their role as Veteran Sports Personnel is to help develop all sports in the country which can easily be done if all the association cooperates as national associations.

Abdou Aziz Titao Mendy, Senior Development Officer at the National Sports Council, said that the council is always proud of associations that take sports policy. "Seriously to ensure sports is developed, which the Cricket Association is doing, and their progress in Regional Development in remarkable, assuring the Association of Government's Support."

The other speaker at the event was the President of the Cricket Association, Jonny Gomez, who called on all Associations to come together and learn together as Partners. Icc/Aca Sponsored Introductory Umpiring Course For Brikama West Coast Region From The 30th - 2nd December 2012.

In a bid to increase on the Umpiring base in the country, the Gambia Cricket Association successfully held a three-day Introductory Umpiring Course in Brikama West Coast Region from the 30th November to the 2nd of December 2012. Twenty-two (22) Candidates attended the course which targeted school teachers and students from schools. Participants were taken through the basics of umpiring and the Laws of the game; some of the following were also introduced to them.

•Umpire's Signals of the game

•Ways of Dismissals in Cricket

•Judgment of Wides and No Balls

•LBW Judgments

•Cricket Terminology

•Pitch Measurements/Dimensions

In day two, a session was conducted on the cricket field were participants were taught to position themselves while Umpiring. Members were also taught the markings on the field and the measurements.Day Three was for the Umpires to stand behind the stumps to officiate and each Umpire was give to cover Four (4) Overs each. It was quite interesting that the participants managed to grasp it very fast. The Gambia Cricket Association continues to thank Africa Cricket Association and the ICC Development Program for making this course possible for Gambia Cricket. The Course Facilitator was Johnny Gomez.

Coaching Clinics For Schools In Serekunda And Brikama West Coast Region

A day coaching clinic was also held on Wednesday 14th December 2012 in the Gambia at the Independence Stadium in Bakau and Kanifing West Mini Stadium for schools in Serrekunda, and Bakau. The aim for this Coaching Clinic is to introduce the game to new Students, schools and get more kids involved in playing the game. Two Hundred students from Grade 4 to 9 from five different Schools were introduced to the Basic fundamental of:

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