Worcestershire Coach Goes To Gambia


Over the next few weeks we will be following a local volunteer and coach, David Giles, who has been going to Gambia for a number of years to support the development of football there. After learning of what Dave does out in Gambia, we asked him to supply us with some blogs as to what happens out in a country where football is still developing. Worcestershire FA would like to thank Dave for supplying us with these updates and we pass on our sincere gratitude that a football volunteer supports foreign communities that are less fortunate than our own.
Please read Dave’s updates and if you wish to send support/ask any questions, email development@worcestershirefa.com and we will make sure they get to him and hopefully he can answer. Enjoy.

Evesham United with myself have built a relationship with a school in Gambia to help them with funding kit, boots etc. I go out to the school twice a year for a month at a time to take out old kits etc. plus coach the teams. The school is St Peters lower basic school in Lamin who have about 800 kids from 10 to 15 year olds boys and girls. It's now time for me to go out and work at the school and the Worcestershire FA have kindly set up a Blog so that you could have some idea of what great work takes place in all our clubs. I will send news and photos so you can have some idea of what takes place.
All the best, Dave Giles, volunteer at Evesham United FC.

Blog-1  28th February 2018
Good morning all,
Well we got here eventually after being held up at the airport for 2 hours with the snow etc. Weather is 28 degrees today and I have some time to get myself sorted and acclimatised. I have a few days off and the football starts on Monday 10am till 1pm then 2pm till 6pm 40 to 50 kids per session. Bring it on.

Blog-2  3rd March 2018
Hi All, 
Today I was invited to the youth cup final at the Gambian small stadium the football was really good plus it was the only time I have seen grass in The Gambia. Some very good players but the pitch was rock hard no water on it at all but still it was on grass the teams were the Falcons FC in green v S villa FC in red and white. Great crowd with music playing all through the game and whistles going off everywhere. Later I was invited to meet the Gambian minister of sport Mr Henry Gomez who was really interested in the way grass roots football is set up in the U.K.  Great day out with some great people who love there football. Crowd for youth cup final 2430. Fantastic to see. Day off tomorrow then start coaching all day Monday 9am till 6pm.


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