The Central Provincial Government today paid up their registration to participate in the Southern Regional District Youth Games to be held in Alotau, Milne Bay Province from November 29 – December 8th 2021.
Acting Provincial Administrator Francis Koaba presented a cheque of K5000 to Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation National Youth Sports Coordinator John D’siguria.
Koaba said the among the five pillars that the Provincial Government has set up, one of them is to establish Sports in the province with an emphasis on Rugby League in the Province.
He said with the recent acquisition of the Central Dabaris Rugby League franchise and the Central Dabaris Football Club, the provincial government has plans to ensure the development of talent within the province is retained and properly managed not only for Rugby League and Soccer but for other sports like Netball and others.
He said Iarowari Secondary School has been identified as the academy for Rugby League while Kwikila Secondary School has been earmarked to host the Soccer academy.
Acting Advisor for Community Development Mr. Henry Kavana also added that the districts participation at the games will be a stepping stone for talents from their districts to be identified at that level to be sponsored sent to an all-expenses paid academy training within the province.
Mr. D’Siguria advised that so far 90 percent of the districts in the Southern Region have confirmed their participation with Oro Province being the first to complete all their requirements followed by Middle Fly, North Fly and South Fly from Western Province, followed by Kerema and Kikori District in Gulf Province.
Abau and Rigo District in Central Province are yet to compile their registration while Esaála District from the host province, Milne Bay have completed their requirements with the other three districts to follow.