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New Training Centre into Football launched in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 25/09/2017


The Hon. Prime Minister last Saturday launched a new training centre for football in Tonga.


The training center will provide opportunities for youths that are talented in football to broaden their knowledge and skills in this sport.


This is one of Oceania Football Confederation’s many dreams to Pacific Island Countries in developing the sports, according to its President, David Chung.


“The Education sector will run like a college. Participants will gain regionally recognized training and equitation and a range of football topics to a curriculum delivered by OFC which is divided for 4 levels. Foundation, certification courses, licensing and others. The OFC center, Tonga will soon no longer rely on overseas instructors to provide educations.”


Mr. Pohiva thanked Mr. Chung and the confederation for the initiative and its ongoing support to Tonga Football Association.


“I am pleased to extend the full support of the Government of Tonga to such an initiative. No doubt that the centre will open doors and opportunities for Tongan passionate about a career in football.”


Lord Ve’ehala the President of Tonga Football Association spoke of the Association’s history and its developments since its establishment in the 1960’s.


“In the late mid 1960s the late king, HM King Tupou the IV initiated the idea of introducing football into Tonga and everyone knew that football started at the ground beside the palace office. And from there in the late 90’s Tonga became a member of FIFA. And lately we presented to the King to build this facility, and he was really gracious and here we are. Today we have the activities, into open of the OFC education center.”


Similar work has been carried out on other Pacific Islands, Cook Islands included.


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