FORMER Lelean Memorial schoolteacher Wame Naivalu, an International Rugby Board-accredited coach, trainer and strength and conditioning coach, has been recruited to set up a rugby academy at the Apifo'ou College in Ma'ufanga, Nuku'alofa.
According to the Tonga Daily News, Naivalu will soon be offering rugby courses to students through the rugby academy.
The academy is being set up by Catholic priest and a former principal at the school, Father Selwyn Akauola.
Father Selwyn said the academy was part of a dream to help offer young talented students the opportunity to develop their skills and also learn other skills.
"I want to help young people who otherwise will not have this opportunity," he told Tonga Daily News.
"I see that there are a lot of young students who have the talents but do not do well academically and I want to help these students."
Naivalu, who had set up a number of rugby academies at different schools in Fiji, said he was honoured to be recruited for the project.
He said the academy would offer different courses including rugby skills, sports-related courses and academic courses that would help develop skills.
The academy will aim to help develop students to "become fully equipped with knowledge and skills in the different fields they want to pursue, whether it be as a player, a referee, a trainer or physio".