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Focus on the holistic development

Arin Kumar
Monday, January 20, 2014

THE Island Breeze Rugby Plus will be in Ovalau this week conducting clinics to help with the development of the sport on the island.

Island Breeze is a Melbourne, Australia-based organisation that focuses on the holistic development of players and officials on and off the field.

National leader Waqa Baravilala, who is based in Melbourne, said their Suva team would conduct the clinics on Ovalau.

"We provide days of intense training sessions, drills, mental toughness and also sports chaplaincy program," he said.

"We bring in professional coaches, trainers, resources and also chaplaincy component in creative learning dynamic in our hands-on workshop style and clinic sessions.

"Currently we have been focussing on Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia."

Island Breeze will work with the Ovalau Rugby Union for a couple more years.

"With Ovalau Rugby Union we have a five-year development framework that we are working towards.

"Currently we have seen positive outcomes and we keep strategising into the future for more impact in the Lomaiviti region and also other unions that are interested in the concept."

Rugby Plus national co-ordinator based in Suva, Lasarusa Nasenaivalu said they were keen on visiting other unions that needed their help.

"We are trying to work with those unions and teams that are underprivileged so that they can prosper using rugby," he said.

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