Vanuatu Project Management supports VFF

The Vanuatu Football Federation has received a set of equipment and gears from the the Vanuatu Project Management, the American mining company that has began operations at the Fpraro manganese mining site on East
Efate, SHEFA Province.
The donation was made at the VFF Haus in Port Vila on Monday 23 January. VFF Technical Director and Vanutau National Coach Carlos Buzzetti was at the VFF headquarters to welcome the VPM delegation, and to receive the gears on behalf of VFF management.
"This is a great surprise for VFF and I can assure you that we are very appreciative of your generousity because this is the first time that VFF has received such a complete sponsorship".
The equipment included sets of uniforms, soccer balls, pips, cones, boots, sheen pads, coaches training gears and outfits, new designed Vanuatu penants, and many more.
"This is just a gesture of what we want to do for the community of Vanuatu. We have met the Minister of Sports, and talked to him about our intention to support all sports in Vanuatu", Mr. Mark Drown, Head of Public Relations of VMP explained.
"We have seen the achievements of Vanuatu Football on the web, including their defeating of New Zealand in the last World Cup games, so we want to help and be part of the ongoing development program of not only young soccer players, but all athletes", Mr. Drown
Technical Director Carlos spoke of the progress in football development in Vanuatu since he first arrived in the country six years ago.
"This is the result of a good team work, sacrifice and commitment by the coaches and development officers, the players and everyone involved in football in this country. Most of our players are unemployed, and they
have to walk long distances to train twice a week on grounds that are also used for other activities, because they are owned by the government and managed by a National Sports Council", Carlos further explained.
The team have visited sports facilities in and around Port Vila, as well as the football academy at Teouma. According to Mr. Drown, the company would build a football ground at Forari. The need to have proper and international stadiums was discused. Carlos explained that with the current situation, Vanuatu will not be able to host any international tournaments.
"This is a problem for us because starting 2007 all Oceania World Cup qualification matches will be played on a 'home and away' basis. If we can host games, we can be sure of making money from gate takins and send
our teams to outside games. But if we do not have the facilities, we cannot host games, and therefore would face major financila difficulties because it would mean all our games will be played overseas, and we would need money to send our teams there", Carlos pointed out.
VFF has welcomed the donations from VPM and sees it as an indication of a more stronger partnership between he two organisations in the future. Carlos says VFF would be ready to display VPM banners and signs at the football academy.


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