Australia teams up with Cricket Fiji to empower young talents
1 December, 2021, 5:50 pm
Australia has teamed up with Cricket Fiji to to support the growth of sport across the country.
The Australian High Commission’s political secretary Tom Moreton opened a training camp for the very first cohort of community-based youth Cricket for Good coaches at Nadave in Tailevu on Monday.
“You may have seen that the Australian minister for International Development and the Pacific, Zed Seselja, recently visited Fiji and attended many sporting events including meetng the Kaiviti Silktails, and the launching our support for the Fijian Drua,” Moreton said.
“Our support to Fiji is through both our PacificAus Sports programs, which help facilitate pathways for elite athletes to play in international and regional competitions, and through our TeamUp programs, which is our flagship sport development program comprising of more than 60 partners from 13 sports across the Pacific.
“Sport programs attract and retain women, girls and people with a disability, as well as men and boys, sport organisations are safe, inclusive and accessible. “Australia and Asia-Pacific partners use sport to strengthen relationships and build closer collaboration.
“These three outcomes all contribute to Team Up’s overall goal, Australia-Asia-Pacific sport partnerships support all people to realise their full potential through sport.”
This Cricket for Good program is delivered through a partnership between Cricket Fiji and ChildFund, an international non-government organisation with extensive global sport for development experience, and funded by the Australian government.
“This Cricket for Good program is an important one to capture those opportunities, within our TeamUp initiatives in Fiji as it focuses on gender inclusion, leadership and governance.
“It is an integrated cricket and like skills program that provides a safe, inclusive and structured learning environment designed to equip children and young people to overcome challenges, develop peer support networks, and drive change to promote gender equality and the elimination of violence in their communities.