Grassroots development grows football on big island

Football's popularity on the big island of Savai'i is growing.

Four new clubs have joined the Savai'i Football Development programme, according to Programme Manager, Papalii Tala.

"It is a fascinating sight to see the young footballers come into our training center and play soccer. They have shown great potential and are looking forward to tournaments," said Papali'i.

The programme includes U10, U12, and U15. They are also looking to add the U19.

"Some of the kids are from our new clubs, the Pitonuu Satupaitea club, Vailoa Palauli, Siufaga Hippo, and McKay club," said Papali'i.

"We are very happy to welcome them and to work along with them too. The programme itself is it to help develop the skills and knowledge of every football player and it is great to see more young ones are eager to play the sport and are excited to be a part of the Savaii development program."

There are more that 60 young players in the programme.

Papali'i said they hope to develop the sport and give players the opportunity to develop themselves through football.

"I am grateful to the parents for allowing their kids to come to our center and for their time that they have come to our programs and witness their own child's performance. Without the parents, the kids wouldn't be able to make it to our training. And without the kids, we are nothing," he said.

The Savaii Football Development Programme continues. 

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