Rugby Union

Tuitubou Island Breeze Rugby for development contribution

The use of rugby as a tool to develop young people to become positive influences in their communities deserves praise, the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said. Speaking at the launch of a week-long rugby clinic organised by the Australian based Island Breeze Rugby Plus, the Minister praised the group for their work with young […]

Peni Shute

January 21, 2016 1:19 pm

The use of rugby as a tool to develop young people to become positive influences in their communities deserves praise, the Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said.

Footys4all's Board member Graeme from New Zealand enjoys the opportunity To speak with Island Breeze Rugby Plus, Melbourne Unicorn's and Melbourne Rebels U20 coach Anare Koliavu and Waqa Baraviala Island Breeze Rugby Plus director. Photo: Facebook.
Footys4all Board member Graeme speaks with Melbourne Unicorn’s and Melbourne Rebels U20 coach Anare Koliavu and Waqa Baraviala, Island Breeze Rugby Plus director. Photo: Facebook.

Speaking at the launch of a week-long rugby clinic organised by the Australian based Island Breeze Rugby Plus, the Minister praised the group for their work with young people.

Island Breeze Rugby Plus is a christian organisation which uses rugby to make positive impacts on young people.

I wish to commend Island Breeze Rugby Plus for their love of rugby and young people which led to these rugby clinics being held to help assist youths to be able to apply the same principles usually applied on the rugby field to their daily lives.

Minister Tuitubou said the clinic programme also addresses drug and alcohol abuse and related issues so it would help to boost young people’s self-esteem and confidence.

Rugby is an interest for many Fijians and being able to tap into this interest and turn it into an effective development tool is truly worth noting because nothing speaks louder to us than rugby or sport for that matter.

Day 3 at the week long rugby clinic in Levuka. Photo: Facebook.
Day 3 at the week long rugby clinic in Levuka. Photo: Facebook.

With the rugby clinic also espoused to include a Level 1 Sports Chaplaincy, I have no doubts that after the completion of this rugby clinic, participants will have been empowered to make the right decisions and will also be able to lead better and fulfilling lives as a direct result of undergoing this clinic.

Island Breeze Rugby Plus founder and leader Waqa Baravilala said that the Rugby Plus program was tailor made to suit Fijians and has been introduced to other countries.

“Island Breeze Rugby Plus was founded on the thought to develop rugby players mentally, physically and spiritually because through that we can actually pave a pathway for these young talented players to further their rugby playing careers,” Mr Baravilala said.

The program focuses on grassroots and pathway developments through rugby clinics which are facilitated by the Island Breeze Head of Rugby and former Flying Fijians coach Mr. Ilivasi Tabua, former Fiji Sevens coach Mr. Etuate Waqa and Mr Osea Umuumulovo in Ovalau and Moturiki. 

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