Donation of rugby equipment for the primary school sports program

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Children from Vava’u have fun playing rugby. December 2021.

Tonga Primary School sports programs are further supported by a donation of rugby equipment from a sports charity S.O.S. Kit, presented today through the British High Commission in Tonga. It follows development clinics and training held in the outer islands last year.

British Deputy High Commissioner Simon Minshull presented the equipment to the Department for Education.

This is part of a partnership between Tonga Rugby Union (TRU) and the British High Commission to empower the Department of Education to implement rugby into the primary school sports curriculum.

With an existing infrastructure, Youth in Union is working within the Tonga Rugby Development Programme, to strengthen the ministry’s sports division with equipment and capacity building for physical education teachers through training.

TRU said the three-pronged approach of this program consists of rugby gear and equipment, training clinics and training camps.

The goals of the Youth in Union program are aligned with the Ministry of Education’s goal of developing the talent of Tongan youth through health and sports to stay fit.

Meanwhile, development camps and clinics were held last year in Vava’u group, Ha’apai group and ‘Eua, said TRU.

Attending the event was the Deputy CEO from the Ministry of Education for Primary School, Hepeti Takeifanga, Sports Officer from the Ministry of Education, Primary Schools, Heimuli Pangai, TRU CEO Peter Harding, TRU Head of Physical Performance Semisi Fonua and TRYhead of development Richard Talia’uli.

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