AFLPNG’s junior development program started in Kerema in 2013.
Like other provinces where junior footy is being played, there is a growing interest from school-aged children to participate in AFLPNG’s junior development program in the sleepy town of Kerema.
Resource, equipment and funding to enhance this program has been a major hindrance in reaching out to the majority.
Despite commencing in June, 2013, only the town schools in Kerema had the opportunity to get a taste of AFL PNG’s Niukick program. With few clinics and awareness on Aussie Rules – as Kerema has a significant rugby league following.
With Australian government’s K20, 0000 grant AFL PNG can now expand its Niukick program and reach out to communities and schools outside Kerema.
Youth football manager – Southern region, Cornelius Papau in thanking the Australian government, said school clinics have started in May and will run throughout the year, however a mini school competition will be staged in two weeks time, for the purpose of scouting potential athletes to participate in the upcoming Southern Sharks trials.
“The mini school competitions will pave the way for us to start scouting potential athletes to take part in ADFL PNGS Southern Sharks regional trials in June.
The trials will be held in Port Moresby.
“Peter Milaura is classic example of an amateur making his way into the elite football ranks and is now a role model for his gulf people and upcoming footy stars.” Papau said.
Papau said funding is a continuous challenge for AFL PNG and was more than grateful to the Australian government for approving the grant.
Port Moresby (The National)