NFL looks for Fijians

A Fijian athlete goes through a drill at the ANZ stadium in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

PACIFIC Sports Management officials from the United States of America are in the country for a scouting and recruitment drive for National Football League (NFL).

The drive started with a trial yesterday at the ANZ Stadium at Laucala Bay in Suva for potential Fijians who could be selected to be part of the NFL International Combine program for possible pathways into the NFL draft or into a NFL team.

The officials head for Auckland, New Zealand today before travelling to Samoa in their Pacific recruitment tour.

Meanwhile, more than 35 young men attended the Suva trials. PSM director Chris Orr said the scouting was an opportunity for young athletes in the country to play overseas and experience a chance of a lifetime.

“We are in search for the best and fittest athletes,” Orr said. “It doesn’t matter if he has played any other sport. As long as he’s athletic.”

The athletes who attended the trials yesterday went through drills such as the 40-metre dash, shuttle runs, three cone drill, vertical jump and broad jump.

“Those drills should give us an outline of athletes they are. “The number from the Oceania region that we will be scouting is 75. We do not have a limited number on how many from Fiji we want to recruit. “Selected athletes will receive return flights, accommodation and meals at the Gold Coast in Australia.”

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