Sports have been used by many governments as a catalyst for change among youths.
Northern Governor Gary Juffa, has also taken that path to empower youths in his province to become proactive and productive individuals.
Rugby League is one of the many sports that the governor has invested in, and one which is finally producing results.
Six players will soon be travelling with the Dobo Warriors Club in Port Moresby to play in a friendly match in Australia.
After 12 years in the doldrums, the Oro Rugby League re-emerged last year. The 2014 season kicked off with nines competitions.
It will end in February, with the pre-season for the 13’s competition to begin in March.
The code was revived with the support from the provincial government to empower youths.
Governor Gary Juffa who is also the patron of the league believes that it’s on the rugby fields that mindsets can change and to send six players to play in a friendly match in Australia is an achievement.
Investment in sports is a priority for the provincial government and there are plans to build a gymnasium and other training facilities.
There are also plans to field in a team in the Digicel cup in the future.
For now the league has been recognized as one of 12 provinces in the junior development program under the PNGRFL.
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