More help for schools

Marist Brother High School students and Guangzhou construction group staff members of China in joyful mood after the handover of the new school sports field at the school in Flagstaff, Suva on Friday, Spetember 14, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

MORE help are in the pipeline to improve sporting facilities in some schools in Fiji.

Among them would be St John Bosco Primary School at Nepani, Nasinu.

The Chinese government is expected to upgrade its sports ground, said the Minister for Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou yesterday during the handover of the new-look Marist Brothers High School ground in Flagstaff, Suva.

MBHS students now have a newly upgraded ground to play on which was upgraded by the Chinese government. Tuitubou said this was the first of many sports fields development that would be done around Suva.

“I understand that as part of our bilateral agreement, the Chinese government will upgrade the sports field at St John Bosco Primary School in Nasinu and we are looking forward to the successful completion of the project,” said Tuitubou.

The MBHS ground consists of a 100 metre running track and an artificial playing field.

In addition to the ground upgrade, the government of Guangdong , a province in South China, presented the school with educational equipment worth more than $100,000.

School principal Timaima Sew said the upgraded ground would boost the schools’ athletes in sports they competed in such as athletics, rugby, rugby league, football and others.

“I am grateful for the new facilities that we have here at Marist and we thank the city of Guangzhou for this initiative,” said Sew.

“This will boost the morale of our athletes and sporting bodies in the school as we now have a proper running track and this allows them to do well in the future.”

Mayor of Guangzhou Wen Guohui thanked the officials and members of the Guangzhou construction company for their hard work. “Fiji, a pearl in the South Pacific, is the first Pacific Island country that established diplomatic relations with China.

Guangzhou actively promotes its development as a center of international exchanges and attaches great importance to its relations in Fiji,” said Guohui.

“Marist Brothers High School is a prestigious school in Fiji which has produced a lot of excellent young people in its long history.

“A new sports field will be put into use, providing better environment for exercising and extracurricular life to students and staff,” he said.

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