THE Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka was full with hype and festivity as about 2000 youths gathered and participated in the netball, volleyball and 7s rugby competitions.
Organised by the Nadroga Navosa Provincial Youth Club and funded by the Fiji National Sports Commission, the two-day meet attracted youths from the 22 districts of the province.
Tournament spokesman Kinivuai Naba said the tournament also provided the opportunity for the young people to access to information provided by various government and non government organisation booths who were all invited to be part of the event.
He said the tournament attracted more than 42 rugby teams and 15 netball teams including 10 volleyball teams.
"This is the first of its kind to be held in Nadroga and we thank Fiji National Sports Commission, Sigatoka Electric Limited and UNDP for their sponsorship making this two-day tournament a successful one," said Naba.
"We were impressed with the turnout and the supports by youths of the 22 districts including the senior citizens and parents.
"One of the main purposes of this tournament was to engage young people in sports so that they have a way out from drug and substance abuse, criminal practices and to educate them on civic education through the Elections Office since election is approaching."
He added sports was one of the mechanism of nation building process especially for young people in Nadroga Navosa as they treated rugby close to their hearts.