CHILDREN of Hauhui village in west Are’are, Malaita, are dreaming big.
Some of them wanted to represent the country in the future in the national soccer team.
Others say they wanted to become professional footballers.
This is why they are taking their soccer seriously.
At this backway village, the children – both boys and girls – assembled every Saturday to learn new soccer skills.
This is their village version of a soccer school of excellence.
Trainer Samandri Rio said he decided to give his time to train the children because of their interests.
“These children are very interested in learning new soccer skills,” Rio told Star Sports during a recent visit to the village.
“These are naturally talented players. On Saturdays, we come here to hone their skills and teach them new ones,” he added.
“I think this is a great start for these children.
“And I believe if we are to develop soccer in the country, we have to start at a younger age.”
Some of today’s top players in the national side started their soccer the same way these children are.
Rio said he hopes some of the children will move on to achieve their soccer dreams.
By BIRIAU WILSON SAENI