Sports Development

The Gambia is one of the smallest states in Africa with a total population of 1.4 million (2003 census report). The term defined as those between the ages of 18– 35 years form about half of the population. Available data indicates that The Gambia has a youthful population. Even though there is no analyzed data as to the number of young people involved in sports, it is generally agreed that at least 90% of the youth either do sports or are interested in one form of sports or the other.

Notwithstanding, this great urge for sports has been marred by a host of factors among them poor facilities, equipment, few technicians and administrators.

If only sports is given the attention it deserves, it will not be of benefit to the young ones alone but also adults as well. In the process of playing sports, one meets so many people you probably they wouldn't if it were not for the sports. Sports has the ability to bring together people who enjoy playing the same sport. Sports is not just fun, it does well to keep one in good shape too.

Throughout history, people can’t give up their interest at their body. I believe that now many people love themselves no matter how beautiful or ugly they are. Naturally, people’s first aim, should be being healthy and fit with the benefits of sports. A typical example is the fact that is a car which has not worked for years. If one tries to run the motor engine, it will not work anymore since it has been rusted and its engine may be broken down. Humans are very similar to this scenario. If we don’t do sports, we will be forced to rust, in other words, decomposition of our body; afterwards, we may have some problems with our body when we even need to walk short distances. In addition, sports can help to balance our body’s blood pressure and circulation. According to many researches that have been done by Scientists, one can prove the importance of sports for our health because 70% middle aged people who did not do sports in their youth struggle with the problems such as high tension, trouble with blood circulation, easily become tired.

In The Gambia, since Independence, the Government has been spending money with a view to developing sports. In this drive, millions have been spent without actually winning major silverwares in any of the sports disciplines. Statistics show that The Gambia has spent millions of dalasi but has never been to the World Cup at senior levels of any sports discipline. This speaks volumes about government’s commitment to developing sports. However, these have been hampered by a number of factors among them the poor sports facilities, lack of equipment, lack of knowledge in key areas among a host of issues.

Notwithstanding the numerous problems our sports is beset by, we have been able to make some remarkable gains as a country and as individuals. The Gambia can proudly celebrate the fact that over twenty young Gambians have turned professional in various sports disciplines among them, football, volleyball, athletics, boxing in the last ten years.

This goes to show the abundance of talents the Smiling Coast of Africa- The Gambia is blessed with. Thus the need for a project to develop Gambian sports with a view to ensuring sports for wellbeing and excellence.



  1. Provide sports equipment to national sports associations/federations
  2. Identify young talents who could be further developed
  3. Inculcate good morals in the youths thus ensuring discipline in our society
  4. Promote sports for wellbeing and excellence
  5. To ensure that sports is decentralized

Planned activities

Act. 1: Organize Regional Wrestling Competitions

In every region/municipality, there will be organized an annual wrestling competition. These competitions will bring together at least two thousand five hundred young people and elders. The wrestlers will wear uniforms with logo of the sponsor.

Act. 2: Organize Annual Wrestling Championships

The regional /municipal championship will lead to a national championship. It is expected that at least six thousand people will attend the national championship. At this level too, the wrestlers will wear uniforms with the logo of the sponsor. The Champions of the various categories will form part of the national teams.

Act. 3: Provision of Training Footballs

In every Region, there is a Football Association responsible for organizing a league and football in the respective Regions. Unfortunately, most of them don’t have enough footballs. This has affected the level of our game. As such, there is need to provide them with enough footballs.

Act. 4: Refurbishment of football pitches

In every Region, there is a major football pitch used for all football competitions in the different regions/municipalities. Unfortunately, most of them are not in good shape. Regrettably, some of them had even led to some footballers sustaining injuries. Some of them are not fenced. In fact, a great number of them don’t even have goal-posts neither good peri-meter fences.

It is worthy to note that members of the community will be barred from encroaching into the football pitches and that it will help the committees raise some funds on their own for their future development projects.

Act.5: Training of Technicians

It goes without saying that Technicians are as important as the athletes who do the sports themselves. Thus the need for them to be well equipped with the wherewithal in order for them to be able to impart in to the athletes the right skills and knowledge. This project seeks to train Coaches, Referees and sports administrators.

Act. 6: Provision of office space

Out of the ardent desire to regularize, maintain standard and to ensure effective service delivery, the National Sports Council wants to ensure that all national sports associations have offices. Already, NSC has got the office space but has been unable to foot the bill for the partitioning. 

Major Expected Impacts: 

Expected Outcomes

It is expected that this project will place national associations/federations and athletes on the sound footing towards achieving excellence in the different disciplinesthus become more responsible citizens empowered with the wherewithal to contribute effectively to the socio economic development of The Gambia. The outcomes will include:

  1. Well-equipped national sports associations
  2. Well trained athletes
  3. Excellence in our sports
  4. Refurbished sports facilities
  5. Better national teams
National Sports Council