VPM dresses Vanuatu Women's U20 Team

By Moses Stevens (The ni-Vanuatu)
The Vanuatu national under 20 World Cup team will wear
uniforms donated by the Vanuatu Project Managemet when
they play their first ever international match at the
coming Oceania World Cup Qualifying tournament in
Samoa next month.

In a presentation ceremony at the VFF Haus on Tuesday
7 March, Mark Drown representing the management of
VPM, handed over two sets of uniforms and playing
gears which were funded by his company for the Vanuatu
women's team. In his remarks, Mr. Drown explained
VPM's vision for assisting the development of sports
in Vanuatu whilest carrying out their mining
operations at Forari on East Efate, SHEFA Province.
Drown said VPM was happy to have contributed toward a
national team of Vanuatu, and that the company would
do the same in other disciplines as well.

On his part, the newly appointed Minister of Youth
Development and Training Dunstan Hilton thanked VPM
for their generous support for the Vanuatu national
team. Mr. Hilton said the gears would boost the morale
of the young Vanuatu women's team, and he expressed
the hope that the girls would give a good performance
in Samoa.
The Minister then called on the team to do their best
always keeping in mind the support that some people
are giving them, and especially that they would be
representing the country.

Vanuatu Football Federation Acting Secretary General
Jimmy Nipo thanked VPM for making yet another major
and significant gesture of support toward developing
football in Vanuatu. Nipo said the new uniforms should
phsycologically put the players in the tournament
already. He encouraged the girls team to be positive
in their approach when they play the other teams from
the region.

President of Vanuatu Women's Football and Team Manager
of the women's U20 team, Emmie Sope, thanked VPM, VFF
and the ministry of sports for working together in
developing sports in the country. She said she was
confident her girls would make good use the uniforms.

Meawhile OFC has advised that the Oceania Women's
Under 20 World Cup Quaifying tournament will now be
played from 30 March to 9 April. The tournament was
originally programed to kick off on 1 April. The games
will be played in Apia, Samoa.

In another development; Mr. Mark Drown of Vanuatu
Project Management has announced that VPM will be
giving one thousand soccer balls to the Vanuatu
Football Federation for distributions throughout

"I have discussed this idea with Minister Hilton, and
I am happy that the minister has approved of the
designs that we are going to be printing on the
balls", Mr. Drown told the media Tuesday.

Drown said since July is an important month for
Vanuatu, his comapny would make the presenations on
that month.

"We want the balls to used on the National Children's
Day in Vanuatu (24 July) and on Independence football
tournaments", He said.

The balls would carry the VFF and VPM logos, as well
as that of the ministry of sports.



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