THE Qauia Volleyball Club is confident of changing the attitude of the youths in their community.
The club, formed only six months ago, is made up of schoolboys and two shoe-shine boys.
Last weekend, the side beat holders G2 by 3-1 to win the FBC Premier Challenge title at the LICI Multi-Purpose Courts in Suva.
Yesterday their sponsor, Handy Finance held a reception for them in the capital city to thank the team for their efforts in the FBC Suva Volleyball Association competition.
Team manager Noatoga Leweni said the reason they formed the team was to reduce crime and drug abuse in their community.
He said crime had become a huge concern in Qauia and it had started tarnishing the reputation of the community.
"We don't want to be known as a community that breeds criminals and drug abusers," Leweni said.
"So we are trying to change the attitude of the youths in our community using volleyball," he said.
"We can use sports as a means of keeping youths away from crime and drug abuse and we are confident of making that happen."
He said since the formation of the club, the number of youths coming to take part in the impromptu competitions every afternoon had increased.
"Also we are now in a period of festivity and this is the time when crime and drug abuse is very high because of the school holiday but that will change now.
"Winning the premier challenge title is a testament of our commitment and a sign of good things to come from us and our community and we would like to thank our sponsor's Handy Finance for making it possible for us to do so," Leweni said.