Co-Director of Island Breeze Australia, Jade Baravilala writes:
The RugbyPlus Clinic was in Tacirua, Fiji this month helping youth in the area tackle real life issues off the rugby field.
Each day more than 30 youth joined in the RugbyPlus clinics. Training officials say they have noticed the impact these clinics have had on those who participated.
In one session, a participant stood up and voiced his commitment to stop smoking drugs and start making something better out of his life.
The Manager of Tacirua Rugby Club Akuila Rokobuli said, “Tacirua Rugby Football Club was so fortunate to have attended 3 days of the RugbyPlus clinics…..most of the boys have come to know their purpose as a rugby player and their identity”
RugbyPlus is now preparing for clinics in Vanuatu that is in Port Vila and North Efate later this month. In these clinics participants will receive training on conducting basic first aid, fitness, hygiene, introductory media interaction skills, rugby drills and character development.
‘RugbyPlus Clinics’ is a Innovation Fund project that addresses the growing problem of anti-social behaviour amongst the youth 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.