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Centres For development

Centres For development
Montfort Institute of Technology 2018 dux Lusiano Tunaqo with parents Meresiani Tupou and Sivirosi Botoqele on November 17, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
September 21
11:49 2014

Fiji Football Association in conjunction with the Oceania Football Confederation has started establishing development centres around the country as part of their ‘Just Play’ programme.

Nasinu Sangam Primary School was one of the first schools selected and teacher Kamal Lal commended the Fiji FA initiative.

“It is a progressive initiative and soccer players are lucky to be offered the opportunity to showcase their talent and also improve on their skills,” Lal said.

“I’ve no doubt that if we follow the programmes, our districts will not lag behind.”

The centres will cater for boys and girls aged 10-12 years-o ld.

Holy Family Primary School teacher Elia Waqerau said they were proud to be part of the initiative.

He said sports development programmes and facilities accessible to all young players.

“To have a facility in Labasa will allow young players from Vanua Levu to develop their talents in soccer.”

Labasa businessman Nilesh Jaduram encouraged the students to make use of the centres.

“We’re fortunate to have a development centre in the North and having the opportunity to have coaches to teach you at a young age.”

Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said during the launch at Toko Sanatan Primary School in Tavua that development programme was on track.

“This is a great initiative which was long overdue,” Patel said. “It is a good to see that we have opened six centres in the country. The Toko centre will cover Tavua and Vatukoula districts.”

Patel said Toko was chosen for producing national reps like Jone Vesikula, Malakai Tiwa and Samuela Nabenia.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar said the centres were aimed at developing players from a young age.

“When Rajesh Patel took over as Fiji FA president he wanted to concentrate on the grassroots level.

“Players will be taught the basics of football and the importance of proper diet,” he said.

“Once a month, the selected players will take part in goalkeeping sessions.”

The selected schools are Vashist Muni Primary in Navua,  Nasinu Sangam Primary,  Toko Sanatan Primary in Tavua, Nadroga Sangam Primary, Holy Family Primary, and Khemendra Central Primary in Savusavu.



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