ABOUT 51 participants have successfully completed a basic physical fitness and sports training at Haleta community, Central Island Province (CIP) last week.
Most of the participants received their certificate at the end of the training.
The training was organized and conducted by Johnson Teava, president of CIP Hero’s social sports club.
Speaking to the Solomon Star Mr Teava said, the purpose of the training is to equip the participants with necessary skills and knowledge to coach and officiate games.
During the course of the training 115 participants both male and female registered.
However only 51 participants successfully passed the speed test and were awarded certificates at the end of the program.
Mr Teava described the training as a big achievement for the community.
“I did this as voluntarily to help young people in the province acquire such opportunities to refrain from involving in unlawful activities.”
Community chief John Pukuvaka acknowledged the training describing it as very successful and brought so much change to the lives of the youths in Haleta.
The program had attracted many youths and they really enjoyed it, he added.
“Such program is good because it stops youths from involving in drug, alcohol and other criminal activities.
“The training also challenges the youth to live a healthy life and not to indulge in unwanted substances like drugs and alcohol.
“This is the first of its kind for the community and we thank Teava for bringing the training to us,” he said.
He added, that the new skills and knowledge learned will help the youths to remain fit and engage in sporting activities for years to come.
Not only that but it helps the youths to gain respect, listen and obey, he said.
“The training draws people to work together which indicates change compared to past years where working together is hardly seen amongst my people.”
Senior Catechist of Haleta village Peter Boloba said, such program is a way forward for young people of Haleta village in terms of sports and Bible.
“The community thanked Teava for bringing the training down to their village level.”
A number of instructors and facilitators were engaged in the program.
By STEPHEN DI’ISANGO