FRONTBALL IN WEST AFRICA
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017
Senegal, Guinea, Togo… Frontball expands to Western Africa. A Frontball/FIPV delegation went to these three countries in order to train prospective coaches and include as many local children as possible.
Senegal: a new opportunity for Frontball
19th – 22nd February 2017
Frontball has recently integrated one more country: Senegal. Thanks to Charles André DELAMOU, President of the Guinean Federation, we have had the opportunity to develop our sport with Moustapha MANE in Guediawaye (suburbs of Dakar). The latter gathered six teachers who accepted to become the pioneers of Frontball in Senegal.
During two seminars, Yoan taught them the pedagogic basis that the group put into practice during the afternoon in a formative tournament. The next after, they switched roles and all the teachers supervised a training session for the fifty attending students. They competed against each other in closing tournaments, one for girls and one for boys. Three important media outlets were present to cover the event.
The President of GUEDIAWAYE FC (first division club), who had lent us the gymnasium, rewarded the two winning teams. Thanks to this achievement, we received support and enthusiasm from several local representatives we met during that time.
Since our departure, the teachers have carried on practicing frontball with their students. Moustapha MANE has filed the paperwork for an official status for which an administrative receipt will be shortly emitted.
Republic of Guinea (Conkary) : paying efforts 22nd to 26th February 2017
The Guinean Federation of Basque Pelota has been created in 2014 by Avenir Jeunesse Guinée Association. Ever since, President Charles André DELAMOU, has been struggling for the implantation of the sport in this country. For several months, he has organized two weekly training sessions at Jacqueline Bangoura School. He has counted on Headmaster Ali Badara Cissé and Studies Manager Katty Soumah who honoured us with a great reception. They really facilitated the organization of the seminars and tournaments of frontball during our stay.
The two first afternoons were dedicated to the formation of teachers (like in Senegal), then to pupils’ ones on the especially repainted walls of the school. Fourty pupils were there. During two days, the teachers took charge of the training to transmit the fundamental basis of the sport. On Saturday, a great tournament was organized. Aproximatively ten medias were there to cover this festive and intense day. The main one was the public radio and television RTG, present thanks to GFBP’s Vice President Salématou SYLLA.
After these two weeks in Western Africa, we are fully satisfied and really optimistic for Frontball’s future in this region. Waiting for more African tournaments of frontball !!