THE Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) yesterday cemented its relationship with residents of Tamavua Village after the opening of a rugby playground next to the college at Tamavua yesterday.
The playground that is situated right next to the doctor's college was used as a grazing field for cows in the past.
The project cost about $10,000 for clearing, ground elevation and the construction of goalposts.
Plans are also in place to build a concrete volleyball court.
"The college is all about linking with the community so this is a project where we give back to the people. This land was given to us by Tamavua village so we are happy to set up this playground for the community to use," Dean of CMNHS Professor Ian Rouse said.
"At the same time, we can encourage these residents to choose health, which is the new motto for the college. We can help them help themselves in bettering their health," Prof Rouse said.
Tamavua rugby team treasurer Moses McGoon said they were happy with the availability of a new playground for the players and residents of Tamavua village.
"The people from Tamavua village will now live longer because now we have a place to train and exercise," Mr McGoon said.
The college also gave rugby balls and sporting equipment to the rugby club.