PiU Move to Next Stage

The Pacific in Union program will be carrying out the Union School Festival in PiU visited schools in Rabaul, East New Britain province.

PiU in-country manager, Frank Genia, was overwhelmed with the turnout of the students and teachers during his recent visit to Rabaul.


He noted that among interest shown, female attendees made up a good number of the entire attendee populace.


The Pacific in Union program is similar to other sports development programs and mainly adheres with the IRB requirements.


The program has successfully rolled out in Port Moresby, Lae, and Bougainville.


Kokopo, home of the SP PNG Hunters, have contributed more than a thousand kids into the program to date.


Eight of the schools visited were four weeks into the six week program and the numbers of student participants has dramatically increased.


Physical education teachers are now assisting with coaching and refereeing in the program.


Frank Genia will be visiting the province in the following week to host the Union festival, following up with each school he had previously visited.  


The program has been endorsed by the Rabaul provincial education board and will see children ranging from 9 to 19 taking part in the festival.


Four schools were visited in Goroka and keen enthusiasm has been noticeable, coming from the girls in particular.


The result of the program was the recent Women’s Provincial National 7s Championships which saw the Port Moresby International, Port Moresby Grammar and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville battle in the curtain raisers.


It was a success story for the program as it continues to carry out the campaign to other centres of the country.

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