12 Schools For Girls 7s
The Fiji Women Crisis Centre Secondary Schools Girls 7s 2016 aims to promote the elimination of violence against women. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed 12 schools would be participating this weekend. “There are 12 teams with the notable inclusions of Holy Cross, Niusawa Methodist High and Savusavu Secondary from Vanua Levu,”O’Connor said. “The other schools are Nuku, Ballantine Memorial, Cathedral Secondary, St Vincent, Sila Central, St John’s, Adi Cakobau, Jasper Williams and Ratu Navula. “As part of the Coke Zero Deans competition, the girls have been participating in their respective divisions. “The winners from each division will take part this weekend.” O’Connor said the participation creates a pathway for the girls to be part of the national team. “Jasper Williams won the tournament last year and two of the Fijiana team taking part in the Rio Olympics were part of that team,”he said. “This is one of the major areas of growth and our intention is to grow the game, involve more girls into rugby.” Meanwhile, FWCC coordinator Shamima Ali said they were happy to support the competition as it would be part of their community awareness on women participation. “This is part of our community awareness in supporting and promoting girls’ participation in rugby.” The FWCC provides $13,000 for the competition which will be held at Buckhurst Ground.