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AFL to work with schools

  Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji’s new development officer Simon Highfield will focus on developing the sport in schools in Viti Levu. Highfield who worked with Solomon Islands AFL before
16 Jul 2016 11:48
AFL to work with schools
AFL Fiji development workshops. Photo: Supplied.

 

Australian Football League (AFL) Fiji’s new development officer Simon Highfield will focus on developing the sport in schools in Viti Levu.

Highfield who worked with Solomon Islands AFL before coming to Fiji will assist in development work at both junior and senior level.

“Having had knowledge of the Pacific context, I knew of the standard in Fiji and the great work they have already achieved in past seasons, with great efforts being made to qualify for previous international cups,” he said.

“The level of AFL in Suva is of great quality, and looking beyond 2016, I can see development opportunities in both the West and North, which is extremely exciting. It is paramount to focus these efforts on child and youth development, and portray our healthy messages of getting schools and community participants involved in physical activity, regardless of the sport they choose to play.

“The senior competitions will follow as participants grow and the general level of interest of AFL increases. Fiji already has fantastic representatives playing at the highest level in Australia, notably Nic Naitanui, an All-Australian ruckman.”

The senior men’s and women’s teams have progressed well throughout their competitions with the upcoming International Cup in Melbourne, Australia set for August, next year.

“Fiji last competed in the three-yearly event in 2014, with the men finishing 10th and the women finishing fifth,” he said.

“We are looking to improve on these results next year, with a strong contingent already training in preparation. The men’s senior competition has been strong, with four teams currently competing in Suva.

“The improvement seen in Fiji has been vast, as the knowledge and appearance of AFL in Fiji continues to grow.

“As we persist, any and all players, new and old, are welcome to participate, as there is room for all levels of skill and ability. We are building teams in Fiji to improve general health and knowledge on the importance of physical activity.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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