Timely support for kid’s league

SIFF rep, Gabriel Riotarau receives the donation from BSP staff in Honiara.

(SIFF Media): The Bank of South Pacific (BSP) has jump on board to sponsor the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) kid’s league set to kickoff end of this month.

An official handover of a cheque of two thousand five hundred dollars, training wears and caps was held yesterday at BSP headquarter, in Honiara.

BSP Manager retail sales and customer services, Joyce Nukumuna said BSP is proud to support the kid’s league.

“On behalf of BSP, we are happy to support the Solomon Islands Football Federation and support football in the country” she said.

“As we all know football is the biggest sport in our country so we’re excited to help our kids enjoy and make the full use of our kind donation”.

Kid’s league coordinator, Gabriel Riotarau lauds BSP for its well-timed sponsorship.

“As the league’s coordinator, I would like to acknowledge BSP for helping us to start the first ever kid’s league,” he said.

“I believe this donation will help us in a big way to organize the competition.

“We will send in return a report of the event to show our appreciation towards BSP”.

It is a grassroots league featuring children between 7 to 14-year-old in two categories of Under-14 and Under-10.

According to SIFF Technical Director, Felipe Vega-Arango, the primarily objectives of the league is to develop grassroots football, kids must play, and they are the future of the game and at the same time develop the coaches and the referees.

“We need to start playing the kids now because if we want to see football in this nation improved, we need to start with the current generation,” he said.

“It will be amazing football festival because parents could come out to have fun with their children”.

The structure of the league will see 13, 12, 11 year-old mix teams boys and girls playing in the U-14 league with 14 players in each team.

In the U-10 category, children range from 10-7 year-old will play in teams of boys and girls. In this age group they will play 5-a-side in a field size of a futsal court with 10 players in a team.

Meanwhile, SIFF through its Just Play department is opening up registration for interested clubs, community teams and registration closes on Friday 27th July.