Fizz Free League about more than just netball

By Thomas Airey 09 March 2019, 12:00AM

Week 3 of Netball Samoa's Fizz Free League for under-14s and under-16s was played at the Don Bosco Technical Centre gym yesterday.

The teams and organisers celebrated Friday's International Women's Day, and its theme of Balance for Better.

The Fizz Free League promotes healthy eating alongside physical activity, and Collegiate U14 coach Eka Arp said her girls were all keen to do better in health.

"Because they've been wanting to play so bad they've been willing to cut all fizzy right throughout, not just the tournament.

"They've been excited to come to training and say 'Oh we had pizza last night but I didn't have it and I had the soup instead'."

She said she was surprised that before the tournament some of the girls didn't really know what a balanced diet was.

"They're learning throughout."

Arp said teaching the girls at this young age was a good way to fight Samoa's problems with NCDs.

"In our days we didn't really have anything like that so I can see a big difference now, there's more awareness out there."

She said her team of mostly 12 year olds and one 11 year old came together just days before the first game of the league.

"They got thrown in the deep end, and i've seen the improvements ever since we started."

She is hoping they can gain some skills by the end of the tournament, in order to get some wins next time.

Arp's daughters Keisia and Nikhia play in the team, which is why she coaches.

"I've always loved netball, and to be able to pass it on to my kids and their friends is even better.

She has done some coaching programmes with Netball Samoa, and is now going into schools and passing on the skills she has gained to teachers as well.

"I've learned heaps, and I feel like I'm helping other people learn too."


14 and Under

Chanel College 6-6 Collegiate

Pesega 11-10 SMOGA

SCOPA 12-10 United Soulz

16 and Under

Pesega 27-6 Chanel College

United Soulz 19-15 SCOPA

By Thomas Airey 09 March 2019, 12:00AM

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