Club keen to develop Fasito'o rugby talent
The Fasito'o-uta Rugby Club is determined to maintain unity and peace amongst their youth by ensuring young rugby talent is developed through their Saturday training programmes.
Club representative, Suva Apulu, told the Samoa Observer in an interview that they were looking forward to the start of the 2020 Aana Rugby Union Championship on Saturday but were only notified of its deferral on Friday night.
He said despite the deferral the club still wanted their players to gather for their Saturday training programme which kicked off last week.
"For these programmes that we have every Saturdays, we’ve allocated a theme for every Saturday because we’re not just here for a good time, we want to make use of our training together and be able to emphasise on certain issues that is outlined in our chosen themes," he said.
Their theme-focused training programme is now in its second week with last Saturday's theme revolving around the importance of the rights of those with special needs. This Saturday's theme was "ending violence towards women within families and villages."
Aside from having a theme to focus on during their training, their core objective is to develop the rugby talent of their players, as it has been a while since they've trained together due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
"We also wanted to bring the boys together to develop their rugby skills and be committed to our love for rugby so that they can become better players for our village and hopefully represent our country one day," Apulu said.
According to Apulu, they also face challenges within their club and one of them is getting their players to listen to their figure heads.
"But we thank the boys for the respect and making our work easy and today we’re able to do just that," he added.
On Saturday the club collected cash from everyone which will go towards funding the development of the club.
"We’ve divided the boys into four teams and so the senior boys contribute $10 while the younger ones contribute $5," he added. "And this is all for the development of our club to help us with our preparation for the A’ana Union which will probably start next week."
It is Apulu’s hope that the youth in Fasito'o-uta are united and be at peace with each other.
Amongst the Fasito'o-uta youth on Saturday was Samoan rugby union scrum-half, Melani Matavao, who has played for Samoa internationally.
"My involvement here is mainly to show support in developing rugby and the talent that the youth here have in rugby," he said. "My advice to young rugby players who are just starting up, the most important thing in being a rugby player is to be disciplined and I think that all starts from within our families."