The Gambia

  • Pascal Mamudou Camara
  • Maximilian Seltmann
Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 15)


Volunteering in Gambian sports derives its inspiration from traditional voluntary practices embedded in the social fabric of a diverse society. Drawing from telephone interviews that were conducted with a volunteer (the Chairman of Secondary School Sports Association), a volunteer coordinator (the Media and Marketing Officer of the Gambia Football Federation), and data from an annual community football tournament “Super Nawettan,” the state of volunteering in organized sport in the Gambia was assessed. The study shows that organized sports depend largely on a diverse pool of voluntary workforce in the execution of community, national, and international sports events in the country. However, unfavorable working conditions, insufficient reward, and recognition for volunteer efforts are changing the perception and approach to volunteering in general. This has implications for organized sports in a small and developing country as it could potentially affect the development of local sports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pascal Mamudou Camara
    • 1
  • Maximilian Seltmann
    • 1
  1. 1.German Sport University CologneCologneGermany

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