THE Toba Volleyball Association organised a competition for junior players during its Silatolu Volleyball tournament at Suvavou yesterday.
With the objective of spreading the gospel of the sport at grassroots level, the organisers felt it would be wise to organise a special competition to recognise the hidden talents of the juniors.
The junior grade ranged from 14-17 years old.
"This is the first time ever we have introduced the junior's competition. We have identified the potential of these young players so we want to recognise them by giving them an opportunity to play against each other and showcase their talents," tournament organiser and Toba volleyball president Bobby Zinck said.
He said they wanted to keep the junior occupied by organising their own competition.
"Some junior players are playing in the senior division. Most of them are left out when this kind of tournament is organised. So we have done this to keep them occupied. It's for the development of the sport. We want to give these young players an opportunity to try out the sport and decide if they want to continue playing volleyball when they grow up."
Meanwhile defending champion Toba Reds were bundled out of the competition. The Reds lost their pool game to Tadako 2-1 and fell out in the elimination round.
Suva Volleyball official Viliame Katia said he was impressed with the organisation of the tournament. The finals were played last night