THE Vanuatu Rugby League continues the build up to its international debut appearance at next February’s International 9s event in Sydney with the announcement of Santo-based Club Aqua as an official sponsor.
Club Aqua will open its doors in February 2012 as a relaxed social facility that will include a restaurant, cocktail bar, beer garden and gaming activity for members, guests and international tourists.
Commenting on the announcement, Manager of Club Aqua Mark Provost said Club Aqua is honoured to sponsor Vanuatu Rugby League.
"It is important to inspire Ni-van children to participate in any sport, so kids can understand the positive impact sport can have on them and their communities. It helps that Vanuatu already has a Rugby League role model in Justin O’Neill who plays for the Melbourne Storm, whose mother is from Port Orly in Santo,” he said.
Provost also believes a generational focus is required to ensure Rugby League flourishes in Vanuatu.
“The 9’s tournament in which the Vanuatu national rugby league side will compete in next February in Sydney is a good start and I’m sure a solid team will be picked as Rugby League today requires physical strength, stamina and fitness - something most Ni-van athletes possess,” he said.
On behalf of the Vanuatu Rugby League, national team coach Dane Campbell said the partnership with Club Aqua is a significant step forward for the VRL in respect to the fact that Club Aqua has become the first official sponsor of the VRL from Vanuatu.
"We trust that this partnership will be an incredibly successful one and one in which will lead to more Vanuatu based companies to partner with the VRL and the Vanuatu national rugby league team,” he said.
In addition to the sponsorship, Club Aqua will also dedicate a wall in the foyer where signed jerseys and general information on rugby league in Vanuatu will constantly be displayed.
Additionally, trials will be held for all interested players at Korman Stadium in Port Vila today starting at 8.30am.
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