Stevenage FC volunteers head for Gambia

Stevenage in Keyna last year. Photo: Kevin Coleman

Stevenage in Keyna last year. Photo: Kevin Coleman - Credit: Kevin Coleman

Club’s foundation department to take part in building project in township of Sitanuku

A team of 15 volunteers from Stevenage FC’s Foundation has embarked on a trip to Gambia to coach, teach and carry out a building project at a local school.

The seven day trip, which set off on today, will see the foundation and club-based volunteers, plus two volunteers from nPower, travel to the country’s capital Banjul, before making their way to the township of Sitanuku.

It is here they will undertake the building, education and coaching projects at a local medical centre and school owned by UK-based charity Football Gambia, who alongside nPower has helped to fund, organise and facilitate the trip.

The trip comes a year after the Foundation returned from Nakuru in Kenya, where they took 24 volunteers to coach, teach and build an adventure playground.


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Head of foundation Alex Tunbridge said: “Despite the success of our trip to Kenya last year we had not anticipated undertaking another international development trip until 2015.

“However the opportunity to work with nPower again to make a positive difference in Gambia is one we couldn’t say no to. This is a great opportunity to utilise the skills, expertise and personalities of the foundation and club’s staff and volunteers to help accelerate developments in an area of Gambia which is in a high area of poverty.

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“The trip will also allow us to implement a schools twining programme with local schools in Stevenage and deliver workshops to both sets of schools, both before and after the trip.”

If this sounds like the kind of trip that you would like to get involved with in the future, then why not join the Foundation on their Gambia 2015 trip which is planned to take place between March 31 and April 7 2015?

The foundation will be holding an information evening on Monday, April 28 at 7.30pm in the Executive Suite at the Lamex Stadium, where interested volunteers can find out more details about the trip.

To register your initial interest email your name, date of birth and occupation to community@stevenagefc.com.

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