Army Private scoops top army award

Private Lamin Janneh
Private Lamin Janneh

A former professional footballer turned army Private has been awarded a prestigious award after finishing his recruit training.

Private Lamin Janneh, 26, successfully completed the Combat Infantryman’s Course at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

Born in the Gambia, but now living in Halifax, Private Janneh will receive his award at a pass out parade held at the centre today (Friday).

Private Janneh said: “My sister, who already lived in the UK, invited me over and it was then that I became interested in joining the British Army. Joining was a long process, but I stuck at it and was eventually successful. “Even though I had been a professional footballer in the Gambia, I had lost a lot of my fitness and I struggled with the course at Catterick at first.

“I was overwhelmed when I was told I had won this award, there were some other good lads in the platoon who could also have won it. I just did my best.”

Private Janneh will now join his new unit, the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, Warminster.