In November 2015 Glasgow Girls FC will head to The Gambia, West Africa to take on the national women’s side, in a match organised by licensed FIFA match agent Martin Myers. During this week long football tour the Glasgow side will also take on a number of local adult teams and engage in community coaching programmes within the country. The trip is led by Adventure Kicks © (football development & tourism organization based in Glasgow) and hosted in partnership with the Gambian Football Federation (GFF).
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The trip will help raise the profile of FIFA’s campaign #liveyourgoals recently launched in The Gambia. FIFA hope to have over 45 million women participating in football by the 2019 women’s world cup.
Glasgow Girls chair, Jim Strathdee said ‘We think this is the chance of a lifetime for some of our girls who have never been outside Scotland to see a different culture and style of football, it is also an experience they can add to their coaching CV, and will put Glasgow football firmly on the International map’.
Many of the team already have coaching badges but those who don’t will be offered the chance to sit SFA approved coaching courses.
The club has secured sponsorship to commission a special limited edition strip for the tour which is expected to receive extensive coverage.
The tour is being held alongside discussions to establish legacy cooperatives between the 2 nation associations as part of Adventure Kicks © broader football development initiatives being progressed in a number of countries.