Rugby League has recently cemented itself in a country further afield, following an organised trip to a small community in Africa.
10 volunteers from The Full Blood Project recently visited the village of Gunjur in The Gambia, where they delivered 10 days of rugby coaching in Gunjur Upper Basic School and to the community groups, and also installed the first ever set of rugby posts in the country to ensure a legacy is left for the sport.
Part of the travelling group were Wolves Foundation office manager Amy Blackburn, and volunteer Matt Wilkinson, who have visited The Gambia for the third time and used the opportunity to spread the Warrington Wolves brand even further, by distributing donated items of clothing to the people of The Gambia.
Along with the rugby training, the group also delivered badminton sessions to the females in the Upper Basic School, and renovated a nursery classroom with educational paintings. They also had the opportunity to experience the finest Gambian culture by visiting and assisting at the local crop garden, visiting local markets and taking part in djembe drumming workshops.
The Full Blood Project was born with the interest of using Rugby combined with education and personal development to realise the potential of young people in global communities suffering from poverty, conflict, disease and inequality.
Former Wolves star Tyrone McCarthy was heavily involved in the creation of The Full Blood Project, following his trip to The Gambia in 2012 with members of The Wolves Foundation. Due to his pre-season training commitments with St George Illawarra Dragons, Tyrone was unable to make the trip but has been more than impressed with the group’s efforts.
“I’m really proud of the success of the first ever FBP trip. We set up FBP following a previous volunteer trip I went on that The Wolves Foundation helped to organise. They deserve some recognition for all the hard work that has been done with their Young Trustees, who have been going to The Gambia making a big difference for a number of years. Hopefully we can now come up with a plan together which will mean the future of Rugby League in The Gambia is sustainable and we can continue to support the community in the Gunjur”