Minister Stevens Iatika handed over the cheque to VFF chief executive officer Fabien Hoeppe on Monday and is confident that the funds will be used to make a positive impact on the football-mad people of Vanuatu.
“I am very happy to present this cheque,” he says.
“The news I received from my officers is very encouraging and I am pleased to give this money to help bring the standard of football in Vanuatu to another level.”
The sports minister believes football has a much bigger consequence than what happens on the field.
“The other thing I would like to mention is that sports like football play an important part in young peoples’ lives. Our young people must play football to stay healthy and keep away from negative influences such as drugs.
“If our young people stay healthy through football, I believe Vanuatu will be a healthy nation in the Pacific in the future.”
VFF CEO Hoeppe was delighted to receive the donation and is very grateful to the government for its support.
“On behalf of the Vanuatu Football Federation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister of Sports for the generous donation from his ministry,” Hoeppe said.
“I am very happy to receive this cheque and promise that VFF will make very good use of the money. It will go straight to the Teouma Academy to help young football students learn how to play and referee.”
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