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‘North Football Festival A Hit’

Fiji Football Association Development Officer North Iosefo Vosoboto said a total of 180 kids participated in a day of football festival.#“We targeted our development center players from the age of 10-14 years which included boys and girls from our six development centers in the north, “said former national goalkeeper.#Vosoboto said key concepts of the programme was to bring together as many people as possible through football.#“A lot of people turned up to the ground to witness the competition with a lot cheering, support and words of encouragement while the teams were playing. The atmosphere was lively and enjoyed during the day. #“The grassroots football programme offers everyone the chance to play football, without discrimination.”#Vosoboto said the focus were on the players and development as a whole but not on the team’s success.#“Our focus was to develop the hidden talent within our development center players. We have development centers each in Nadogo,Seaqaqa,Dreketi,Savusavu while Labasa has two.”#He said all centers were required to field two teams each and 9 v 9 competition was played.#Fiji Football Association Technical Director Ravinesh Kumar who also attended the festival was really impressed with the outcome of the competition.#‘I was really impressed to see response from the children and their parents during the competition, “he said.#“There are lot of talents in the north and I could see potential players hidden in Nadogo and Seaqaqa also.#“We will be having similar competition amongst all our development centers, “said Kumar.#Meanwhile Holy Family Two won the competition defeating Seaqaqa 2-0 in the final. The school is renowned for producing players like Melton Simmons, Ivor Evans,Jope Lomu,Taniela Tuilevuka,Solomone Seruiratu,Usenio Logavou and Kishor Kumar and the list goes on.#These are the Development Center location in the districts.#• Nadogo – Navoalevu Primary School#• Labasa – Batinikama Primary School and Holy Family Primary School#• Seaqaqa – Seaqaqa Muslim Primary School#• Dreketi – Maramarua Districts School#• Savusavu – Khamendra Primary School#

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