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Naiqama: Players Need To Do It Right

Naiqama: Players Need To Do It Right
West Tigers player, Kevin Naiqama (third from left), with local fans at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar
November 21
07:11 2014

The National Rugby League (NRL) launched its Pacific Outreach Programme yesterday aimed at developing and strengthening the sport in the Pacific.

The programme has already been launched in Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea and is being tied in with education and health.

The launch yesterday gave children a chance to learn the basic skills of the game from NRL icons such as NRL head of football Todd Greenberg, Kevin Naiqama and Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens.

Kevin Naiqama, the brother of  Wes Naiqama, who recently signed for the West Tigers said the initiative by NRL is very important considering the sport is growing in the Pacific.

“In the last couple of years there has been an increase in the amount of Pacific island players playing in the NRL,” Naiqama said.

“The NRL are coming into the Pacific islands to build a programme where they can train kids at a young age, and with it include the importance of health at the same time, where if they eat well and do all the right things it’s a great way for them to achieve their goal in playing in the NRL.

“It’s good to start development at a young age in the Pacific, with this programme it will definitely give Fijians a bigger opportunity to play in other clubs and make that a reality.

“Besides teaching the kids a few fundamental skills we also aim to put a few smiles on their faces while doing that and teach them about healthy living.”

Meanwhile, the Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey said the partnership built between Fiji and the NRL will bring forth development of sport in the country.

“This partnership between NRL and Fiji will take, not only the sport of rugby league to new levels through development but will contribute to our community development.

“It will assist the health and education of our young people and it will provide inclusiveness of people with disabilities to participate as well.

“Sports today provide a career path and it also provides a clear pathway to combat NCDs as well and the NRL Pacific Strategy will provide opportunities to enhance not only on a sporting development but also contribute through this strong partnership to opportunities and diplomatic opportunities and I do congratulate NRL on this initiative.”

The NRL team will be visiting schools today as they travel to Nadi and the Pacific Strategy will be implemented into Primary schools next year.




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