Gambia Volleyball Federation train local referees

BY: Muhammed L. Saidykhan

A three day refereeing training course for local indoor volleyball referees ended in Banjul at the weekend organized and funded by the volleyball federation.

The program that involves 13 national referees and includes two females, was part of the federation’s continuous capacity building programs and short term projects to enhance the technical know-how of the referees.

The refresher course was conducted by Gambia’s only certified international indoor volleyball referee Bai Dodou Jallow at the BO Semega Janneh hall at the OlympAfrica centre.

At the closing ceremony, Jallow, who also double as the acting president of GVBF urged the referees to take this profession seriously and be honest in the trade.

Volleyball refereeing could be challenging and demanding and required a lot of research and reading Mr. Jallow stated. He advised the female participants to be focused and tolerant at all time. Jallow emphasized on discipline and patient and asked from the trained referees to report to match grounds on time during league matches

Kalilou Bayo, the chairperson of the Gambia Volleyball referees committee, thanked the federation for the support in horning the skills of the national referees. Gambia today had only one certified international referee and one candidate international referee for indoor and the country is yet to have an international beach volleyball referee.

The 2018 national league season begins February 23rd 2018 with a Super Cup final between GAF and Gamtel/Gamcel female teams and Brikama and Interior faces in the men’s finals. All matches takes place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.