7 Jun 2008

Australia provide financial help for village sports in Samoa

8:11 am on 7 June 2008

Samoa has received a financial boost of just under one million US dollars to help fund a village-based sports project from the Australian government sports outreach programme.

The Australian High Commissioner in Samoa, Matt Anderson, says his government recognises the vital role of sport in building healthy and cohesive communities.

He says the sport programme in Samoa will be coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

It aims to provide training and skills to people from participating villages to run high quality, regular and inclusive sport and physical activity that help achieve health outcomes, increase skill levels of youth and women, reduce social problems and improve village cohesion.