The ‘Win in Oceania’ development programme is a three-year initiative that will leave a lasting legacy for OFC and its 11 member associations.
Launching in January 2009, the US$8million project aims to boost national competitions, improve infrastructure, strengthen administrative procedures and enhance media capabilities across all member associations while encouraging participation in futsal and grassroots programmes. It also aims to improve the image of the OFC and its members regionally and worldwide.
OFC is managing the FIFA-funded project with Senior Project Manager Vairani Davio and Deputy Project Manager Billy Vaitoare leading a team of six project managers. The role of the project managers is to partner the member associations and assist them in implementing programmes relevant to their needs. Project managers will ensure each country achieves the results and objectives fixed by the Win in Oceania programme.
In 2008, OFC worked on the long term planning for ‘Win in Oceania’ and gave a series of presentations at the OFC Extraordinary Congress held in Noumea in June with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke in attendance. President Blatter said the project offered OFC an important opportunity to build football in the region.
“Win in Oceania will be a great success with the right infrastructure communication and leadership. I am proud to be the president of FIFA when I see the exceptional development of this region and it can be done because you have a strong leader in OFC President Reynald Temarii with clear goals and vision,” said President Blatter.
President Reynald Temarii says that the success of the project is paramount.
“Win in Oceania is a significant project and it reaffirms FIFA’s position as one of the most important financial contributors to each country within the Oceania region. Therefore it is imperative that each member association takes ownership and meets the set targets,” said President Temarii.
FIFA will initially provide funding from 2009 to 2011 but if WIO is successful then FIFA’s support may continue through to 2014.