Havant Sixth Form College

Students Bring Communities Together Through Sport in The Gambia

On Friday 19 February, 17 students and 2 members of staff flew to Banjul, The Gambia for an intense and exciting week.

The College has a long standing link with the African country and has sponsored a student there for the past 6 years. The students spent time in 3 schools, Al Fallah Nursery School Maahad Secondary School and Mansa-Colley Bojang Primary School. The students joined in with lessons and taught the children about life in England. They also played 3 football matches across the week, with games being played in 40 degrees, the College students coped admirably. 

As well as their time in schools, the students visited the Fathala Nature Reserve in Senegal where the they went on a Lion Walk and also saw Black Rhino, Giraffes, Zebra and Eagles.  They also visited the hospital in Brikamma, Bijolo Monkey Park and Kacahivally Crococdile Pool.  The students also went on the Roots Tour which educated the group on the slave trade in the 1800s.

The students took a vast quantity of medical supplies for the various clinics as well as raising substantial amounts of money for the local schools.  It is now the group's intention to raise £6000 to build 3 new classrooms at Mansa-Colley Bojang Primary School. 
 
The students were an absolute credit to their families and the College, they embraced a culture which is very different to the one which they know and flourished in all situations. 
 
Student Jake Stubbington, really enjoyed the experience: 
 
"It was an incredible week, one which I will never forget.  To have the opportunity to do so much was amazing and I hope to go back in the future".
 
Stuart Smith, Teacher of Physical Education and trip organiser, said: 
 
"I have always believed in the power of sport to bring different communities together. We used Football as a way of breaking down language and cultural barriers. The Havant Sixth Form College students were incredible and it was a pleasure to spend the week with them."
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