Michael on Song for football surge

THE 2017 Pacific Mini Games women football competitions will be targeting more on the development of women in sport.

According to the Vanuatu games website, the schedules were put in place with the assistance of football technical delegate Michael Song.

“In the men’s entries, there are six teams from Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; and for the women’s entries, there are four teams coming from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu,” the website reported.

“As part of its legacy program, Van2017 addresses one of its key sustainable development goals for empowering women through the creation of EM PAWA (counterpart to Nasi, the Games’ official mascot); being an advocate for the messages of equality and non-discrimination, non-violence, supportive of positive and healthy decisions, encouraging others to challenge the negative gender stereotypes and be partners for positive change in the home, workplace, community, country and the world.”

The Fiji women’s football team will play Tonga in their first match of the competition on December 4.

“Em Pawa is the face of Van2017 in supporting the empowerment of all women and girls. Representing strength and perseverance, she is a separate identity to Nasi, but seen as a companion and friend to him,” the website further read.

“Em Pawa, like Nasi, is also a Champion; a champion and advocate for women and issues relevant to women. Her character is bold and courageous, respectful and strong

For that reason, Van2017 decided that all Women’s soccer competitions during the Games will be free of charge to the general public, which means 3 games altogether that will be held on December 4, 11 and 14.”

The matches will be played at Port Vila Stadium and at Korman Stadium from December 2-14.

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