Barrow gives back to Gambia children
26th June 2016
Swansea City winger and Gambia international Modou Barrow has taken time off from his summer break to give back to young footballers in his home nation.
The 23-year-old, who was born in the Gambian capital of Banjul, made a surprise visit to Afia Banjul Football Academy Foundation to show young players some training drills.
Barrow pledged his support to the football foundation at a fundraising event in Wales in 2014 before representatives from Swansea City created links with the foundation by hosting training sessions at the venue in December last year.
"I am happy being here to watch these kids train and see how their coaches teach them skills," said Barrow. "Learning football at an academy like Afia Banjul is a good start for them and I hope they listen and take advice from their coaches, focus on their training and education and make it in the sport as they grow up."
The winger, who joined the Swans from Swedish side Ostersunds FK in August 2014, became the first Gambian to play in the Premier League in November that year.
Lamin Jobarteh, Afia Banjul Football Academy Foundation manager, said Barrow's visit was important to his academy as the Premier League star is someone they look up to.
"Modou Barrow's visit here is a big motivation to the Afia Banjul Football Academy Foundation," he said. "This is the first time in the history of the academy that we are receiving such a high profile professional.
"The kids are delighted watching and training with a Premier League player and we can only thank him for his time and efforts."