The Father Joseph Gough Sports Foundation is formulated to develop sports, train trainers, train athletes, provide scholarships, foster community development and provide facilities to schools and communities for youth and sports development.
The foundation is named to honour Father Joseph A.Gough,an Irish priest who worked in The Gambia for about twelve years (12) as a pastor, educator , coach and "Father" to all Gambians.
Father Gough as everyone called him, is presently living in his home town, Dublin, Ireland where he teaches at Blackrock College.
He came to The Gambia in 1971. He started the St Michael Seminary in 1972 where he trained the first Gambians to be ordained as priests. He taught at the St Augustines High School throughout his stay in The Gambia, where he was principal from 1978 to 1983.
During his tenure as principal he transformed the school by increasing enrolment from about four hundred (400) to over a thousand (1000) students. He introduced commercial subjects to the curriculum, upgraded the school to 'A' level status, built a new library and science labs and established the first Board of Governors at the school.
He built in the school a covered basketball lawn with fibre glass posts, a gymnasium and transformed the swamps at the back of the school into a football field. Today, that football pitch is being transformed into an artificial grass football pitch by the Father Gough Sports Foundation.
Father Gough was involved in all aspects of Gambian life. He was honoured with the Order of the Republic of The Gambia (ORG). Father Gough is a household name in The Gambia.
The Father Joseph Gough Sports Foundation has been set up to try to emulate and continue the good work Father Gough has done in Ther Gambia. The Manjai football field has been renamed, The Father Joseph Gough Sports Complex. The foundation in association with the Kanifing Municipal Council is presently working on upgrading the football grounds with dressing rooms, pavillions, a modern basketball / volleyball court, multi-purpose hall, a playpen, a gymnasium and a market for the women folk of Manjai / Kotu and Bakoteh at the complex.
Father Gough is the main sponsor of the foundation. He has pledged to support the Foundation for the next four (4) years to develop the facilities at the complex.
The complex is projected to be completed by 2010 and is estimated to cost about fifty million dalasis (D 50,000,000) to build. It will be the first major infrastructural project funded through private donations and community contributions.
When completed, the facilitie will be utilised by the communities of Manjai/Kotu/Bakoteh and Kololi and the scools within these areas.
The foundation will be working with businesses and schools within the community to transform the Father Gough Sports Complex into a vibrant community entity, contributing immensely to the development of the community.
In this regard The Father Joseph Gough Sports Foundation solicits your help and support in its endeavour.
[The pitch at Biri Biri Njie football pitch]
[Greatest Gambian Footballer ever
[The grassed football pitch at Gough Sports Complex]
[The Father Gough Sports Complex, Manjai
[The Late Ousainou Njie Stand]
[The Bye Malleh Wadda and Saihou Sarr Stands]
Father Gough Is Sports Personality Of The Year
GOUGH FOUNDATION HANDS OVER D 1.8MILLION REFURBISHED BASKETBALL COURT
The Father Gough Sports Foundation on Friday 20th January 2012, handed over the refurbished Manneh Sillah Basketball courts to the Mayor of Banjul, Mr Samba Faal.
The Foundation had spent D1.8million to do the works at the courts with new flooring and seating.
The Sillah Family of James Senegal Street and past basketball stars graced the occasion.
GOUGH FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER
On Saturday 28th January 2012, the foundation held its annual awards dinner at the Dnubian Seafood gardens in Kolololi. The Special guests at the occasion were the former President of the Republic of the Gambia, Alhagi Sir Dawda K. Jawara and the former Bishop of Banjul, Rt Lordship, Bishop Cleary.
The Awardees for the night were: Mr O B Conateh (Phisco), Alhagi Abou Dandeh Njie (former President GNOC), Alhagi Modou Dibba (President GNOC),Alhagi Omar Sey(former Director Youth & Sports), Emmanuel Gomez (Manu deceased), Father Edu Gomez, Father Anthony Gabisi, Father David Jarju and Father Peter Gomez for over 25 years service to the priesthood. Awa Sesay Sabally, Mariama Ceesay(Minister of Higher Education), Mambury Njie (Minister of Finance) and Mr Assan Cham.
Othe rguest at the awards included Mr O J Jallow (former Minister), Pa Ousman Njie (Kebbeh) Willy Abraham, Sam Bidwell, Principal of St. Augustines High School, Mr Samba Faal (Mayor of Banjul) and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports