A senior teacher and sport master of Namoia Community High School (NCHS) along Kwaibaita Valley, east Malaita, says lack of support from leaders is the main hindrance to sport development in the area.
Wilson Jr Wanofafia told Sunday Star yesterday.
“We have a lot of talented youths here but the problem is we lack support from our leaders,” he said.
He said they have made several calls to their members both at provincial and nation level but these fell on deaf ears.
“This is one area our leaders should consider because getting youths to involve in sport will discourage them from engaging in anti-social behaviour.”
Wanofafia said they have completed a futsal competition fortnight ago which attracted a lot of youths.
“We have seen positive things after the sporting event which include reduction in anti-social behaviour among youths, reduces stealing and also it shapes them to grow healthy both mentally and physically.
“We are optimistic to take the level of sport in this area to a new height but the only problem is we have no proper facilities and sporting gears.
“This is where we expect our leaders to step in.
“Currently I am doing futsal coaching for youth’s age 3-10 years here and I have seen the young boys show much interest,” he said.
Wanofafia added that the idea of initiating the coaching is to empower youths in sport to become productive in rural settings and capable of participating in urban sport standard.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO