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Young Footballers in Qatar

The group is compromised of four fourteen year olds that included Ratu Peceli Maroroyanavanua Galuvakadua (Suva Samabula Primary School), Ravnit Shelvin Chand (Ba, Ba Sangam Primary), Zaireen Nisha (Lautoka, Dreketi Sangam School) and Maria Serafina Lewavuni (Ba, Xavier College).

Lewavuni is the pick of the group having recently been awarded the 2009 Fiji FA Young Footballer of the year award.

The four member Fiji delegation is led by former national U-12 coach Saroj Kumar. The Youth Camp is being held from February 20-26.

Kumar anticipated this opportunity as a valuable one for the footballers.

“This is a good opportunity for these young players. During the camp they’ve been enlightened on various new skills which help them get better,” Kumar said.

The GSF is a programme between the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) that aims to help adolescent youth use amateur sport to learn social skills that will help them use their spare time more productively by helping them discover their potential.

The camp taught participants how the GSF model of “fun in playing and learning” worked so that they could help spread the message back home to their schools and communities in Fiji.

Besides football, basketball has also been identified as the other sport to participate in the camp.

“We were thankful for been given this opportunity to send our young footballers. Through FASANOC we nominated theses four players,” Kumar said.

Story and photo courtesy Fiji FA Media.
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