13 September 2012

GAMBIA : SAC trains coaches, others on basketball rules

A two-day skills training focusing mainly on rules and regulations of the basketball game, refereeing matches, and more knowledge on basketball for basketball coaches and Physical Education (PE) teachers, Monday kicked-off at the Friendship Hostel of the Independence Stadium in Bakau. The last day of the training is Friday, August 3rd, 2012.
Organised by the Scholar Athletes for Change (SAC) The Gambia in collaboration with their SAC counterpart in Finland, the training is part of a build-up to its 4th annual Basketball Summer Camp that will properly kick-off today for students from various schools across the country, between the ages of 10-17.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, George Gomez, chairman of SAC Gambia welcomed the participants to the training, while describing it as very much important in the development of basketball in the country. He urged them to disseminate the knowledge gained among their colleagues.
According to him, participants in this training will assist during the course of the camp, adding that the training is part of proper planning ahead of the proper camp today, Tuesday. He used the opportunity to thank their counterpart from Finland for joining them in the programme.
For his part, Joe Jallow, director of SAC Gambia, thanked all those who have supported them in one way or the other in organising the camp, especially the Ministry of Youth and Sports; the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, as well as their Finnish partners.
According to him, SAC, since inception has created big impact on the lives of the children, particularly in reviving the basketball game that has lost its glory.For their part, Seth Williams from United States and Moses Njie, a Gambian basketball referee, both of whom are resource persons, said the training is a great opportunity to learn new things.

Officially declaring the training open, Mamudou Max Jallow, executive secretary of the National Sports Council said SAC has been doing a lot for the development of basketball in the country. He further stated that the Basketball Association will find the training very important to them, while congratulating Pierre Jallow, a professional basketball player based in Finland who initiated the camp. He finally assured of his office’s close collaboration and support.
Author: Alieu Ceesay & Bintou KB Janneh

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