GIRLS FOOTY ON THE MOVE IN TONGA
Even though there is no organised Women's Football in Tonga at this stage, or on the drawing board, steps are slowly being made to change that.
In 2007 TAFA ran a nine-week football program that reached about 10 schools throughout Tonga. This resulted in approximately 200 girls taking part in the program
Although the girls had no concept of footy, the opportunity to be actively involved, plus the focus on Aussie Rules as a fun activity, was the major reason the girls became involved. Many of the girls developed some great skills as their knowledge of Aussie Rules improved.
Other positive steps include an agreement between TAFA and the Tonga Health Promotions Unit. The THPU focuses on improving the health of school children through education, better diet and physical education. This agreement allows TAFA to provide the physical education component of the program.
An all-girls school, Queen Salote College, has adopted the program and this will hopefully lead to more females kicking footies around, providing a basis for future competitive activity.
Even though TAFA believes that a Women's league is unlikely in the near future, there is a possibility that a Women's national side may eventuate. Financial restraints may make International Cup appearances difficult, but not impossible, especially if some generous sponsors can be found. Contact the Association on the details below if your business can be of help in this area.