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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Youth & Sports Development – Think Pacific development officers conduct PE workshop for school teachers of Rewa Province


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Acting on a request from the Rewa District Primary School’s committee, our youth and sports officers headed into the interior of mainland Viti Levu on an outreach mission. One teacher from each school in the region was represented at Burebasaga District Primary Schol. The aim of the workshops being to provide coach education to school sports representatives, introducing structured sports session into the extra curricular activities of the Fijian school day.

To see a game of Volleyball, Rugby or Netball at the end of a school day in Fiji is a near on certainty, yet with such a passion for sports it is remarkable that Physical Education is largely absent from the national curriculum. Thus, the opportunity to provide new knowledge & resources to a group of educators was hugely welcomed by our staff.

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The workshop began in the classroom, breaking down the key components of a child centred sports coaching session. The importance of working through a process of 1) planning, 2) conducting and 3) evaluating was introduced. Followed by the discussion of the elements of each component:

1) Planning = what is your objective? = what skills do you wish to teach? = what are your coaching points? = Create a lesson plan!

2) Conducting = Out on the field!

3) Evaluating = Child’s reflection = Answer questions to show an understanding of what they have learnt.

Following the discussion of how to structure and create a progressive sports session, the group was given a step by step presentation of a completed lesson plan that they would be the participants of, giving a clearer insight with examples of time frames, cross curricular opportunities and differing pedagogues.

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With theory still fresh in the teachers’ mind, it was straight onto the field for them to be the participants in a ball familiarisation session within Rugby, delivered by our youth and sports development officers. With the focus being on delivery each aspect of the session was followed a period of question and answer.

A break to cool down and enjoy refreshments prepared the group for the second half of the workshop, during which the teachers would present a knowledge and understanding of what they had learnt.

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In the same format as previously taught, it was back into the classroom where the teachers broke into groups; the task being to devise one element of a lesson objective that was up on the board, which they would then deliver out on the field. The objective was to introduce the ’side step’ within a Rugby session. Group one was given the warm up and created relevant pulse raisers and a fun game; group two was given the skill element and created a walking drill which progressed into a sprint and; group three implemented a modified game of rugby/netball to achieve their aim practicing the learned skill in a game situation. Again, following each element there was a period of feedback and question and answer.

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The day concluded with an inspiring speech from the head teacher of Rewa District Primary, who highlighted that the education delivered shall indefinitely filter its way across the teachers and pupils of the whole province of Rewa. Holding youth and sports development at the core of our aims, we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to deliver the programme and shall certainly be delivering similar events in the future in rural and remote settings under the continued guidance of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth & Sports and National Sports Commission.

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Think Pacific partner Full Blood and begin planning for a Fiji International Youth & Sports Festival


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Think Pacific is proud to announce that its newest partner is here to help provide Fiji’s youth with a clear, sustainable pathway to success. An exciting venture set up by our very own expedition leaders, Nigel & Tom.
The Full Blood Project is a UK registered social enterprise that shall deliver youth and sports development to provide education and opportunity. Working in partnership with Think Pacific they intend to achieve their aims through the delivery of events and workshops.
Nigel states that “working for Think Pacific on the community development projects my-self and Tom recognised the extraordinary amount of rugby playing ability in Fiji. From then on we decided to create something worthwhile that would improve opportunities for Fijians within both codes of Rugby, whilst providing education surrounding life in the professional world.”
These opportunities will be presented by creating sustainable links with overseas schools and professional clubs, supported by education surrounding careers, health and social issues. Tom mentions, “the welfare of the players in our programme is at the core of our values, we don’t just want players to have only Rugby in their life, our players have to understand that there is life outside of Rugby.”
Speaking of the future events Nigel adds, “we have big plans in the pipeline for the Full Blood and Think Pacific partnership. We are in the process of bringing Fiji its very first international schools Rugby tournament, attracting schools from the UK & Australia to compete”.
The vision is to host an international youth and sports event, delivered to an international standard that shall encourage youth development and enhance Fiji’s international status as a sport event tourism destination. At the same time, increasing awareness of Fiji as an elite sporting nation, creating a pathway for Fiji’s youths to achieve at the highest level.
A key input of Think Pacific into the hosting of these events shall be to fund the travel of schools from the remote islands to attend the mainland tournaments. Accompanied by the volunteer teams the events shall be a celebration of our volunteer’s efforts.
On the workshop front, the boys shall be working closely with Koro High School next year, Nigel states that “introducing Think Pacific’s new youth and sports project in January is something we have looked forward to for a long time; we are so pumped to go there and inspire a community.”
Jump on board and follow the Full Blood journey. Check out the website @ www.thefullbloodproject.com
Facebook page: The Full Blood Project
Twitter: @TheFullBloods
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/-/ Providing Fiji’s youth with the opportunity to achieve their full potential /-/

Think Pacific is proud to announce that its newest partner is here to help provide Fiji’s youth with a clear, sustainable pathway to success. An exciting venture set up by our very own expedition leaders, Nigel & Tom in partnership with Tyrone McCarthy, an international rugby league player and Rob Griffiths, a sport events owner.

The Full Blood Project is a UK registered social enterprise that shall deliver youth and sports development to provide education and opportunity. Working in partnership with Think Pacific they intend to achieve their aims through the delivery of events and workshops. Nigel states that “working for Think Pacific on the community development projects myself and Tom recognised the extraordinary amount of rugby playing ability in Fiji. From then on we decided to create something worthwhile that would improve opportunities for Fijians within both codes of Rugby, whilst providing education surrounding life in the professional world.” These opportunities will be presented by creating sustainable links with overseas schools and professional clubs, supported by education surrounding careers, health and social issues. Tom mentions, “the welfare of the players in our programme is at the core of our values, we don’t just want players to have only Rugby in their life, our players have to understand that there is life outside of Rugby.”

Speaking of the future events Nigel adds, “we have big plans in the pipeline for the Full Blood and Think Pacific partnership. We are in the process of bringing Fiji its very first international schools Rugby tournament, attracting schools from the UK & Australia to compete”.

The vision is to host an international youth and sports event, delivered to an international standard that shall encourage youth development and enhance Fiji’s international status as a sport event tourism destination. At the same time, increasing awareness of Fiji as an elite sporting nation, creating a pathway for Fiji’s youths to achieve at the highest level. A key input of Think Pacific into the hosting of these events shall be to fund the travel of schools from the remote islands to attend the mainland tournaments. Accompanied by the volunteer teams the events shall be a celebration of our volunteer’s efforts. On the workshop front, the boys shall be working closely with Koro High School next year, Nigel states that “introducing Think Pacific’s new youth and sports project in January is something we have looked forward to for a long time; we are so pumped to go there and inspire an island.”
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Jump on board and follow the Full Blood journey….
Check out the website www.thefullbloodproject.com
Facebook page: The Full Blood Project
Twitter: @TheFullBloods
Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Feburary volunteer team enjoy their orientation and castaway briefing


Fiji volunteer team

Here’s the first group picture of our February team in Fiji.  Our volunteers have spent the last couple of days relaxing into Fijian life and of course soaking up the sunshine before the hard work ahead begins! The blue skies and high temperatures are certainly a welcome change for everyone!  Aside from splashing in the lagoon and enjoying some volleyball, games and beach time, our volunteers have visited the traditional village of Niubasaga to meet the Ratu (chief).  Being Charlotte’s birthday on the flight across, the villagers all sang happy birthday and we have a party planned this weekend to celebrate too, which will be a lot of fun. 

Fiji volunteer briefing

The group took a day trip and sailed across to Levuka, the old capital of Fiji on Ovalau Island to explore this historic little town and also pick up some last miniute items before they head to complete their volunteer projects in the outer islands.  Central to our volunteer briefing, the Fijian Ministry came to meet the group this week.  It’s always such a passionate presentation and an amazing opportunity for our volunteers to be inspired about their volunteer projects ahead, whilst seeing first hand how much the project aims really mean to the Fijian people.  We also had some members of the press attend who wanted to take pictures of the group ready for a story in one of Fiji’s national magazines! Our volunteers are about to become famous in Fiji!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Thank you to Millfield School from the Fiji Islands!


Vinaka from Fiji!

Think Pacific would like to say a massive vinaka vaka levu to Millfield Pre-Prep School in Somerset for their generous donations to Batiki District School.

Year one at Millfield have been reading Julia Donaldson’s “Stick Man” and a copy was kindly sent to Batiki for the children there to enjoy as well. Master Vili’s class thrived on the activities set on the book; creating their own stick family and recreating the story on the beautiful Batiki beach front!

White boards, felt pens, scissors and not forgetting jelly babies (which unsurprisingly went down extremely well) were also enjoyed by class 1 and 2 who couldn’t believe the generosity shown by a school from the other side of the world!

With letters between the two schools being exchanged as well, let the Somerset-Batiki bond continue to grow!