7s of­fi­cials con­fi­dent of fu­ture

Fiji Sun - - Sport - STELLA MORESIO Feed­back: stella.moresio@fi­jisun.com.fj

The an­nual Vutia District School Old Schol­ars 7s tour­na­ment ended on a high note yes­ter­day. Thirty two teams gath­ered at the Vutia District School ground for the past two days to play in a tour­na­ment where funds raised are di­rected to the de­vel­op­ment of the school. This year’s tour­na­ment was aimed to as­sist in the build­ing of a walk­way for the school. The 7s event was cre­ated by the school’s old schol­ars and over the years it has im­proved the stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion for the district. This year’s tour­na­ment re­ceived the high­est num­ber of teams par­tic­i­pat­ing. Speak­ing to SUN­sports tour­na­ment di­rec­tor, Simione Sela said, the old schol­ars have been fo­cus­ing on projects for the school. “This even­tu­ated back in 2012 from then un­til now we have tried to have it once a year. We old schol­ars have a project when we hold a tour­na­ment in the school. This time we want to build a walk­way. The ob­jec­tive of this tour­na­ment is to raise funds which we will be used to build a walk­way which amounts to $7000,” he said. “We have a record of 32 teams this year and the good thing is that there was no de­fault, so all teams were here. We are so happy that this year we man­aged to get ev­ery­thing into place and we were able to ful­fil our vi­sion. Last year we wanted to start a new block so we had a soli. We man­aged to raise $5,000. We also had as­sis­tance from the govern­ment and with that $20,000 we were able to do that. Next year our project is to ren­o­vate the whole school,” he said. Sela said they man­aged to drive in big guns like West­field who fielded two teams; we have other teams like Ni­uboto Broth­ers and some other fa­mous teams as well. “One thing we are very proud of is the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the tour­na­ment be­cause most teams al­ways want to come back ev­ery year. I think it is be­cause of the re­cep­tion of the com­mu­nity hav­ing pro­vided for each teams. From this year’s suc­cess we are go­ing to have this as an an­nual car­ni­val from next year and we are look­ing at host­ing an­other one in April, next year,” he said. Sela ac­knowl­edged their spon­sors for mak­ing the event pos­si­ble and is ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to other rugby clubs and even the na­tional sev­ens team to par­tic­i­pate in years to come and help out in the wor­thy cause. “Be­cause of the suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous years, we saw this as a need in this area and also some teams here find it very hard to play in the main­land so hav­ing to host the sev­ens here, would be a huge suc­cess for us,” he added. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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