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September 09
10:39 2014

Suva Methodist Primary School (SMPS) has been chosen by the Fiji National Rugby League to be involved in the Mini Mod Competition.

“We are honoured that the FNRL chose our school to be part of this new stage of rugby league development in the country.” SMPS assistant headteacher Josua Rasoki, SAID.

FNRL visited the school yesterday  to present their Under-10 rugby league team with new uniforms in the build-up to the competition.

Rasoki said it was a great opportunity to be a part of nurturing the next generation of sports stars.

“A lot of these students will go on to become some of the best rugby league players in the world,” Rasoki said.

“They will continue the trend already set by our current crop of star sportsmen playing in the National Rugby League (NRL). It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of that and one too good to be pass up.

“We’re very excited about it and we’re ready to be fully invested in the development and growth of these students knowing that one day in the future when they make a name for themselves in the sport, we can look back and say we played a part in their nurturing.

“The FNRL could have gone to any other school but they chose us and we’re very humbled and privileged to be a part of this. We’re very thankful to them for bringing this sport to our school and giving our students a chance to be a part of something great.

“We also want to thank Simon Watson of Glenfield Rugby League Club in New Zealand for donating the new uniforms to us. We’re also very honoured that he wants to further build on this relationship. We know this will open many doors.”

FNRL development officer Joe Rabele said the donation from Watson was a huge boost in the preparation towards U10 competition.

“This is a big boost for our preparations towards the Mini Mod competition in the fourth week of the third school term and we know it will also be a huge boost for SMPS.

“The programme, called Kids to Bati will look at taking our students through the primary school years in two parts. For the first part, Year One to Year Four students will simply participate. In the second part, Year Five to Eight will compete in actual competition, so it’s an exciting development.

“We’ll only be having the U10 students competing in the competition this year, but from next year, we want to start from U10 to the U14 grade. The aim is to teach basic rugby skills because a lot of these children don’t know a lot of the basic skills of rugby.

“That way, as they progress from primary to secondary school, they are aware of the various aspects of the game and are smarter athletes.”

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