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Manus Youth Receive Sporting Boost

Manus youths will have more opportunities to play and compete in sports as part of a package under the community development grants announced today in Lorengau.

The announcement was done by the Australian and Manus Provincial Governments as part of a program to improve the lives of vulnerable youths and improve sporting codes.

 

A total of three hundred five thousand kina was presented to sixteen sporting associations to coordinate Local Level Government competitions and prepare teams for the 2014 PNG National Games.  

 

Counsellor, Development Cooperation, at the Australian High Commission, Robert Brink, said the lack of recreational and sporting opportunities was among the causes of youth turning to homebrew consumption

 

The grants cover soccer, hockey, basketball, table tennis, para sports, amateur swimming, athletics, volleyball, netball and body building.

 

Also, included is the refurbishment of sporting facilities and travel assistance for athletes to attend the Manus Provincial Games. The program complements the Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen, which is supporting eleven community projects in Manus.

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