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FUTURO III concludes in high note.

The weeklong workshop kicked-off on February 1 and came to a close on Tuesday February 8 at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in the heart of Nuku’alofa.
Focussing in strengthening the abilities of some of the top referee and fitness instructors from all the OFC member countries, FUTURO III, heralded by FIFA’s professional RAP Team left a superior and victorious message for its 33 high profile participants.
Team leader Mr. Massimo Raveino was happy with the outcome.
He said the most important aspect of a course is the participants’ ability to learn and spread their knowledge.
“…This is a very critical workshop that provides the instructors with highly motivated technical techniques of teaching and they must pass it on to their respective MAs and the referees awaiting them. … If we want to build a house, we will have to start by forming a solid foundation so I’m sure that these instructors are strong enough to develop more international level referees from the Oceania….” FIFA RAP Team leader, Mr. Raveino.
Under the guidance of FIFA Instructor Steve Bennett, the 33 representative from the MA’s of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu covered a wide range of training programs that runs from match analysis to match management, refereeing techniques to foul & misconduct and others with two field practice to demonstrate practical coaching and education skills, using local players and referees to complete the drills.
And after 6 days in the classroom and two sessions on the pitch, the participant agreed that FUTURO III is a blessing.
Robert Sulimae of the Solomon Islands believes that the OFC should see more first class whistle blowers.
“I am happy that I am part of this unique training and I believe we, the instructors, now have everything we need to develop and produce more high quality referees”
The 2012 workshop also include rookie instructor and former referee Siaosi Polovili of Tonga, who said that FUTURO III is a blessing for him.
“Everything is new to me and it’s quite amazing to learn such skills and techniques which maybe very important in developing referees in the region”
FUTURO III closes with a scenic ceremony and was highlighted by the awarding instructors with participating certificates.

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