The visiting Middlesex University team from London, United Kingdom, are expected to arrive in Banjul today as guests of The Gambia's Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The team that will be headed by Jackie Jeffrey will spend two weeks in The Gambia and during their stay will conduct a Sports Leadership Training, football coaching course, training of trainers and a visit to Kanilai, the president's birth place and the community of Jarra Sankuya in the Lower River Region.
The University will also hold important talks with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other relevant stakeholders. The team will be co-hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Sindola Hotel, Kanilai Community and Sankuya Community respectively.
A press release issued by the National Sports Council stated that it could be recalled that the partnership with the Middlesex University began when the head of Sports from the University visited The Gambia in 2009 and had fruitful discussions with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Since then the Middlesex University students and staff have been providing greater impact in the field of sports development in the country.
The release added that recently the development Officer of the National Sports Council, Fabakary Touray, visited the University on a study tour and made comprehensive presentations on the status of Gambian sports development and efforts of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in their mandate to develop sports in the country. The University then expressed interest in learning more about the sporting skills in The Gambia to access the needs on how they can collaborate to improve its standards.
It further stated that, during their two-week stay in The Gambia, the University will conduct Sports Leadership Training for 30 Gambians, Football Coaching for 22 Gambians, Training Of Trainers (TOT) for three Gambians with first Degree or equivalent in the field of Sports, visit Kanilai on 19th February and have cultural night with the community, visit Jarra Sankuya to explore the opportunity of establishing a rowing club.