Chief Guest and Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Rosy Akbar said this is one of the significant events that aim to empower female players into sports, which has been previously male dominated.
“Hats off to all the players for your courage and passion to develop your talents through sports.
“Over the past decade, more and more opportunities for females to become involved in sports have arisen and female sports participation is greater than ever,” she said.
Minister Akbar said sports have always played an important role in Fiji and it has enormous potential to empower women and girls.
“With teams representing the across Fiji, I am sure there is lot of joy, excitement and determination that will make this league a great success and I would like to sincerely thank Vodafone Fiji for once again sponsoring the Women’s Senior League.
With this diverse representation, minister Akbar said this league will greatly contribute towards the selection of the most talents women players to represent Fiji at the upcoming Mini Pacific Game in December later this year.
“To the coaches, parents, families and friends, without your tremendous support these players wouldn’t be here today for this tournament. As such, I applaud you for the countless support, sleepless nights and dedication that you have given to the players.”
Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad said Vodafone is proud to be the name behind football teams in supporting them through financial boost to assist in facilitating their training and development programs.
“Yet again we affirm our commitment to improve the stature of football in the country.
“The Women’s League will be the best platform for our talented women to make their mark in Football,” Prasad said.
Fiji Football Association technical director Ravinesh Kumar highlighted on their prime focus for long term development.
“Fiji FA’s long term development plan for women’s football focuses on increasing the number of women’s football at all levels, equal access for girls and women in the country, raise the profile of women coaches, women to be part of board of control in every district association in Fiji, women involvement in decision making process, and fighting discrimination in sport and the society as a whole,” Kumar said.
A total of 13 districts will be participating in this season’s Vodafone Women’s Senior League. These consist of Navua, Lami, Suva, Nasinu, Rewa and Tailevu Naitasiri from Southern division, Nadroga, Nadi, Lautoka and Ba from western division while Northern comprises of Labasa, Savusavu and Seaqaqa.