Empowering Gambia to grow Women’s Football

3 Jul 2021
  • The GFF hosts four-day capacity building workshop for 24 women’s football administrators

  • Capacity-Building for Administrators is one of FIFA’s eight Women’s Football Development Programmes

  • Women’s football continues to thrive in Gambia, on and off the pitch

A new era of women’s football is underway in Gambia, marked by the success of a four-day capacity building workshop for women’s football administrators at the GFF’s National Technical Training Centre. Designed to accelerate the growth of women’s football, GFF in partnership with FIFA, welcomed 24 women’s football administrators from all over the country to learn about topics such as leadership, strategy, financial planning, communication and sponsorship.

With a diverse range of professional backgrounds, the course participants were joined by key staff from the GFF, including President Lamin Kaba Bajo and General Secretary Lamin M. Jassey, along with FIFA representatives and experts who delivered elements of the capacity building workshop virtually. Also in attendance were national team players; club employees, regional association representatives and women who run NGOs that focus on the growth of women’s football. The workshop comes at a time where women’s football in Gambia is thriving, both on and off the pitch. In April 2020 after a series of friendlies and their participation in the West African Football Union Cup of Nations ‘the Scorpions’, as they are affectionately known, debuted at 113th place on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking.

AS A MARRIED WOMAN, YOU SEE ME HERE WITH MY KID. I CAME TO THIS COURSE WITH MY LITTLE BOY OF TWO MONTH’S OLD. I CALL MY HUSBAND EVERY DAY, SO PROUD, TO TELL HIM WHAT WE’VE LEARNT.

Philomena Jatta
Philomena Jatta

“All of the activities this week have focused on growing women’s football in Gambia,” said one of the course participants, Philomena Jatta. “We have gained so much experience and now it’s up to us, to go back to our clubs and our regions to implement what we’ve learnt and grow the women’s game. “This is such an important, empowering initiative to encourage more women to work in football. As a group we are motivated to overcome this. As a married woman, you see me here with my kid. I came to this course with my little boy of two month’s old. I call my husband every day, so proud, to tell him what we’ve learnt,” said Jatta. Speaking from the workshop in Gambia, GFF President Mr. Lamin Kaba Bajo thanked FIFA for their support, whilst emphasising the federation’s determination to grow the women’s game.

FIFA Women's Football Capacity Building Workshop

Gambian women complete FIFA Women's Football workshop

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) in partnership with FIFA on Monday 28 June started a four-day capacity building seminar for women’s football administrators at the National Technical Training Centre. The virtual course brought together 24 participants from women’s football clubs, allied associations, regional associations and the women’s football committee aimed at broadening the competencies of women’s football managers in football administration.

FIFA Women's Football Capacity Building Workshop

The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) in partnership with FIFA on Monday 28 June started a four-day capacity building seminar for women’s football administrators at the National Technical Training Centre. The virtual course brought together 24 participants from women’s football clubs, allied associations, regional associations and the women’s football committee aimed at broadening the competencies of women’s football managers in football administration.

“This is a historic moment for the GFF” he said. ”We did not waste time to grab this opportunity when FIFA made these programmes available to all member associations. We have made a lot of progress, but there is still a long way to go. This is a huge goal kicked for women’s football in Gambia. “We will ensure that women’s football continues to develop. Parents are now encouraging their young girls to play football, which is credit to everyone involved in this programme.”