The management of national U12 and 14 futsal teams have praised the support rendered by the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) which enabled the youngsters to participate in the Australian State Championships.
The boys jetted out of the country on Friday ahead of the competition which sets to kick off today.
In a statement, the management said; Thank you Prime Ministers Office for their contribution to Futsal Development in our country.
“Our two teams go as Solomon Islands Ambassadors and win or lose aim to make the country proud with their performance.
“This support has given the teams, their workers behind the scenes and supporters hope for our country!
“Thank you to our Prime Minister and his team. Glory to God,” the statement said.
The competition is being held in Sydney.
Three players still awaiting their visa’s and will hopefully board the direct flight today.
SISC said Solomon Islands hasn’t sent a team to the Australian State Championships since 2012 and hasn’t won the competition since 2006.
Therefore, they are looking to produce some good results.
SISC further stressed generosities of many companies and people have led to the teams being able to represent the country.
“Even individuals saw the importance in developing young men with strong leadership qualities so gave to this trip and to the program that surrounds Futsal development,’’ SISC stated.
Apart from PMO,SISC had also thanked companies, individual sponsors such as, SIFF, Bulk Shop, APCO, CBSI Staff, Solomon Telekom, DJ Graphics, Hugh Walton, Hatanga, Unison Foods and Bible Way Centre for their support.
To catch the results please follow the team on Facebook under ‘Solomons Junior Futsal.’
Sogavare last week responded positively to a request for a funding assistance of $80,000.00 from the government by the Solomon Islands Sports Coalition to send the two futsal teams for the competition.
He said, his Government was pleased to assist such a worthy cause.
The PM said Futsal has done Solomon Islands proud on many occasions and urged the Under 12 and Under 14 teams to perform to the best of their ability as they represent Solomon Islands.
Team spokesman Michael Bate’e acknowledged the Lord Almighty for the provision of His blessing which had made available all the amazing support that has led to the management being able to take the two teams to Sydney.
SISC president Naca Seru said he hoped that this was the beginning of great things for futsal and that they would be able to develop many more country ambassadors for the Solomon Islands.
“The SISC is focused on using sports to develop our future leaders, Futsal is only one of the available mechanisms,” he said.
“The SALT program under the SISC trains the boys holistically not only giving them sports training but biblical based training, leadership training and sportsmanship training.”