RugbyPlus Clinics for youths in rural Fiji and Vanuatu
January 21, 2014
Co-Director of Island Breeze Australia, Jade Baravilala writes:
Our clinic comprising of coaches and staff made their way over to Ovalau, Fiji’s sixth largest island, for the first PACMAS funded RugbyPlus Clinics for youths in rural Fiji and Vanuatu. This is the first of the six clinics to take place.
We anticipated more than 30 participants from the surrounding villages.
These participants will receive training and skills enhancement by some of the prominent Pacific rugby union coaches.
An integral part of the clinic will include specific sessions dedicated to lifestyle mentoring focused on personal development and lifestyle tools that will help these young people to become positive advocates for lifestyle changes in their families and communities.
The training started yesterday and as we take this journey together with these young people, we will share the stories of how it has impacted on them, their families and their community.
‘RugbyPlus Clinics’ is an Innovation Fund project that addresses the growing problem of anti-social behaviour amongst youths by providing a positive alternative in the form of sports clinics and strong role-modeling activities. The clinics address complex issues such as gender discrimination, poverty, health issues, poor self-esteem, and isolation issues remote communities face, for example, limited access to resources, conflict resolution and anger management. Six clinics are funded under this PACMAS project, three in Ovalua, in Fiji and the rest in a rural area in Vanuatu. Youths aged 10 – 35 years are the main beneficiaries. ‘Rugby Plus Clinics’ is an initiative of Island Breeze Australia.