The Chronicle Gambia

Developing the Next Generation of Female Coaches in Football

CAF D License Coaching Participants

The first ever CAF D License coaching course for 7-Aside U15 Girls ended at the national technical training center in Yundum on Sunday.

The programme is part of The Gambia Football Federation’s key development principles for women’s football, seeking to develop more female coaches and role models in the game.

“We are confident that this programme will help to ensure these young female coaches have the opportunity to pursue a career in coaching, with the support and skills necessary to succeed,” said Monika Staab, coordinator of the German-Gambia Women’s football project.

Monika Staab

The 24 participants have all been involved in women’s football and have played a key role at their various clubs. They represent a wide range of regions and backgrounds and, thereby bringing together diverse and unique personal experiences. On the first day, they gathered to share the challenges they face as women in the game, and discuss the opportunities and changes that lie ahead.

“I feel more inspired and more aware,” said Mariama Dukana from Abuko United. “I will go back to my team and dare to change.”

The Gambia is among sixteen countries selected by the continental football body as the cohort of the first batch of beneficiaries for the Course.

During the course, participants were introduced to the new practices of football training which amongst others includes the role of a coach in a football team and basic movements in football.

National goalkeeper trainer Marong teaches young female coach

“Increasing the participation and the role of women in football has been one of my main objectives, “said Lamin Kaba Bajo, President of The Gambia Football Federation.

I want to thank Monika for her expertise and support to develop women’s football in this country especially grassroots. This is a huge success for the GFF and we will continue to strive for the more successes in women’s football.”

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