Sports mak­ing im­pact in the com­mu­nity

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Se­niloli a par­tic­i­pant at the Train th Trainer Pro­gramme con­ducted in Tave­uni by the Com­mis­sion. They beat Wester­land Natadra 14-7 to win the Huawei Ucu­nipotu 7s at Subrail Park. The event was or­gan­ised by par­tic­i­pants who at­tended the Tave­uni train­ing. The Com­mis­sion as­sisted by pay­ing for ref­er­ees costs and venue of the event. TOT par­tic­i­pants Epeli Dege­vere, Jone Matasere and Lu­siana Yavala as­sisted in the Ucu­nipotu 7s as match of­fi­cials.

Yavala also of­fi­ci­ated at the re­cent Ocea­nia 7s in Suva.

Na­ca­vanadi 7s-Gau

Fol­low­ing two weeks of train­ing in Novem­ber, or­gan­is­ers of the Na­ca­vanadi 7s who were part of the train­ing con­ducted by the Com­mis­sion on Gau suc­cess­fully hosted the Na­ca­vanadi 7s af­ter a lapse 14 years High­light of the tour­na­ment was the en­gage­ment of newly trained ref­er­ees in the tour­na­ment.

If we wish to grow sports on the is­land, then we need to em­power the islanders through ac­cred­i­ta­tion un­der the var­i­ous path­ways. The Gau Sports As­so­ci­a­tion was formed. They will now man­age sports on the is­land un­der the com­mu­nity sports as­so­ci­a­tion struc­tures or­gan­ised by the Com­mis­sion around the coun­try.

A sec­ond tour­na­ment is or­ga­nized by the Na­ca­vanadi Old Schol­ars As­so­ci­a­tion this week­end where trained of­fi­cials will fur­ther ben­e­fit from the event

Big­ger plans are in place for the is­land.

Di­wali Cel­e­bra­tion Vol­ley­ball-De­lainavesi Over 300 youths par­tic­i­pated in a vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by the De­lainavesi

The So­mo­somo Sharks af­ter win­ning the Ucu­nipotu 7s in Labasa.

Youth Club fol­low­ing their re­cent suc­cesses in host­ing com­mu­nity events.

Us­ing Pub­lic hol­i­day to en­gage youths in mean­ing­ful ac­tiv­i­ties means a lot for youths from 10 com­mu­ni­ties in De­lainavesi who par­tic­i­pated. Of­fi­cials trained by the Com­mis­sion ini­ti­ated and or­gan­ised this suc­cess­ful meet. They were able to se­cure spon­sor­ship from Hot Bread Kitchen and

Ka­davu Rugby Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of their in­au­gu­ral rugby and net­ball tour­na­ment at the Nabukele­vui-Ra Sevens in Ka­davu in Oc­to­ber, the Yaubla Sevens on the is­land this week­end in­volv­ing 32 teams will be the next big one for the newly es­tab­lished Ka­davu Rugby Ref­eree’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

The team of lo­cal ref­er­ees are now be­com­ing mar­ketable to tour­na­ment or­gain­sers on the is­land where they are earn­ing an in­come for their par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment. Fiji Rugby will send a ref­eree coach to as­sess their per­for­mance at the tour­na­ment.

These are four ex­am­ples of how sports train­ing con­ducted in the com­mu­nity are cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity lead­ers trained through the Com­mi­si­son Pro­grammes.

Com­mu­nity Sports As­so­ci­a­tions

The Com­mis­sion is etab­slish­ing com­mu­nity sports as­so­ci­a­tions in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties as the ve­hi­cle which will drive sports to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties.

The as­so­ci­a­tion con­cepts fol­lows a mul­ti­sport model where dif­fer­ent sports are gov­erned by one gov­ern­ing body in com­mu­ni­ties. Un­der the pro­vin­cial coun­cil struc­tures the tik­i­nas or dis­tricts are ideally where we want com­mu­nity sports as­so­ci­a­tions es­tab­lished to align with the ex­ist­ing pro­vin­cial stru­tures. Com­mu­nity sports ss­so­ci­a­tions have been set up in Waid­ina, Namosi, Lakeba, Taina­toba (Wailevu Cakau­drove), Tunuloa, Buca Bay, Serua and Gau.

This is the plat­form to de­velop lo­cal tal­ents by pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through sports. Sports in Serua have come alive in re­cent weeks fol­low­ingthe train­ing con­ducted at Navu­tulevu Vil­lage in Septem­ber.

The Serua Com­mu­nity Sports As­so­ci­a­tion has been ac­tively mo­bil­is­ing re­sources within the prov­ince and formed com­mit­tees to look af­ter the dif­fer­ent sports and how they or­gan­ise their de­vel­op­ment un­der the as­so­ci­a­trion um­brella.

Weightlift­ing In Serua

The Serua Weightlift­ing Com­mit­tee is one of these com­mit­tees set up to iden­tify and de­vel­oip weightlift­ing tal­ent through the newly opened Weightlift­ing Train­ing Cen­tre in Lo­mary.

With ref­er­ees get­ting paid to of­fi­ci­ate at the var­i­ous rugby 7s tour­na­ments op­por­tu­ni­ties are now avail­able for other sports to or­gan­ise com­pe­ti­tion in their sports un­der the com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion um­brella and cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for our com­mu­ni­ties. We will bring you more suc­cess sto­ries in our next is­sue.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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