March 30 - A level three football coaching course has begun in The Gambia to improve the technical knowledge of sporting officials in the country.
A total of 22 local coaches with level two certificates from football clubs throughout the country, have been selected to participate in the course, which is being conducted by Jan Børge Poulsen, the former Denmark under-21 football team head coach.
It will also be coordinated by GNOC development officer Momodou Demba, who will be assisted by technical department officials from the GFA.
It is hoped that the improvements brought about by the course will lead to progress at all levels of the sport in the country, including at a national team level.
Gambia is currently placed 136th in the FIFA men's world rankings but, although national women's teams have participated at under 17 and under 19 level, they do not currently have an active female senior team.
Last October the West African nation withdrew from the Commonwealth due to President Yahya Jammeh's opposition to what he described as a "neo-colonial institution" and this means a team will not be competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.
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