Fiji Sun Article – 1/8/2014 -
A group of university students from Think Pacific, an international volunteering organisation have come together with The Full Blood Project and members of the Rewa community to introduce Rugby League in the province.
Living amongst the Burebasaga and Nabudrau communities, whilst teaching and sports coaching in local schools, the volunteers from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK delivered a six-week development programme which culminated with the inaugural Rugby League match in Rewa.
Gathering on Friday afternoons at Burebasaga Primary School, an average of forty villagers participated in the coaching clinics and youth empowerment workshops delivered by The Full Blood Project, a Rugby League development organisation which works under the umbrella of Think Pacific.
With the aim of implementing a competitive match, the coaching clinics nurtured the villagers from the grassroots level of participation to competitive play. After the first three weeks of skill development, The Fiji National Rugby League came along to add coaching support, plus the equipment and referees to host the Burebasaga vs Noco match.
Achieving Think Pacific’s development aims, The Full Blood Project’s youth empowerment workshops engaged local youths in education surrounding; careers, nutrition and employability. These workshops utilised group presentations to promote personal development to aid disadvantaged youths in realising their full potential.
Following the match, Think Pacific’s youth and sports development officers are continuing their coaching support at Burebasaga in the hope of providing the funding and administrative support to give birth to a Rewa Rugby League team that shall compete in next year’s Vodafone Cup.
Footage of the match can be found on The Full Blood Project’s YouTube channel: