The National, Tuesday, May 3, 2011
“WE want to be partners with you to take soccer forward and see the sport in New Ireland once again flourish.”
Ben Micah Sports founder, Ben Micah said this during the official launching of the company’s sponsorship of soccer in Kavieng through the management of the Target Sports Association last week.
And first on the list of developments in NIP soccer by the sponsor is the establishment of a PNGFA-affiliated association, the New Ireland Soccer Association.
He said talks had already begun with PNGFA for NISA to be affiliated to the national body.
Micah said PNGFA documentation and fee requirements were expected be paid this week.
He said his sponsorship will include a 50% subsidy to for clubs to pay registration fees.
The next phase is to assist clubs with uniforms and player insurance.
He said the sponsorship included schoolboys soccer starting next weekend, coaching and referee clinics to be run by the National Sports Institute (NSI) and construction of sporting infrastructure in collaboration with the national and provincial government.
He said before the end of the year the Kopkop sporting grounds would be fully fenced and proper facilities installed.
Micah said soccer in this case had been dead for over a decade or was organised by people working in isolation.
He said one of the aims of the initiative was to develop the sport to a level where it could compete on an even footing at major tournaments such as the PNG Games and the national championships.