The Hibee’s have developed a fan base in The Gambia following the club signing of Pa Saikou Kujabi and our kit recycling project. Over a number of years we have supplied strips, donated from clubs etc, to countries across Asia and Africa. A number of hibs strips have found their way to The Gambia and are currently being used within youth football. This page is dedicated to the ever-growing support for the Hibees in The Gambia.
The Gambia, also known affectionately as the Smiling Coast is one of Africa’s smallest countries and unlike many of its West African neighbours it has enjoyed long spells of stability since independence. On 18 February 1965, Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom and joined The Commonwealth. Banjul is Gambia’s capital, but the largest conurbations are Serekunda and Brikama. Its area is almost 10,500 km² with an estimated population of 1,700,000. An agriculturally fertile country, its economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and tourism. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 a day.
Background to the Hibee links in The Gambia:
In 2012 Adventure Kicks founder Martin Myers, then volunteering with UK charity Friends of The Gambia Association, received a number of kids football strips from Hibernian FC via the community trust team. The kits were bound for The Gambia and was at the time Gambian player Pa Saikou Kujabi played for the club.
Kits we boxed up and sent across to an academy Martin had been helping. The kits were donated as part of efforts to help the 250 strong academy develop its programmes with better equipment and support received from Martin.
Adventure partner academy in The Gambia – 2013
After a number of successful projects a partnership was struck between Adventure Kicks and the academy. In November 2015 Adventure Kicks led a women’s football tour to The Gambia which saw the visiting club, Glasgow Girls FC spend a day with the academy hosting community coaching. As we entered the academy we were greeted by a group of kids where the the same Hibernian strips donated some years before…looking like new.
Adventure partner academy in The Gambia – 2015
After the trip Adventure Kicks posted a number of photos of the strips across social media and received an overwhelming reaction of support. It is for this reason that we launch Hibee United to give those fans the chance to visit The Gambia and the academy.
Boys club, The Gambia – 2013
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